Habitat for Humanity named social services nonprofit brand of the year

 

extended-volunteer-opportunitiesHabitat for Humanity has been named the “Brand of the Year” in the social services nonprofit category in the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, an annual survey that measures the brand equity of an organization in the U.S.

This year’s study marks the first time Habitat for Humanity has been recognized as a top ranked brand in its category.

“We are deeply honored by this award and the public opinion that informs it. Each day, Habitat volunteers and sponsors worldwide partner alongside families in need of a safe and decent home to help them build a path out of poverty,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We believe this award provides great validation that our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live is shared broadly by both our supporters and the American public.”

The announcement by the Harris Poll comes at a time of immense growth for the global nonprofit housing organization. During its 2014 fiscal year, Habitat for Humanity served more than 300,000 families — about 1.6 million people in more than 70 countries — through home construction, renovations and critical home repairs or increased access to improved shelter through products and services. Founded in 1976, Habitat’s global mission is made possible thanks to the hands and hearts of more than 2 million volunteers and the financial support of its many generous donors.

Harris Poll’s EquiTrend® study is based on the Brand Equity Index, which is comprised of three key factors—familiarity, quality and consideration—that result in a rating for each brand. For this, the 27th annual study, more than 38,000 Americans assessed more than 1,400 brands across 148 categories.

Visit harrisinteractive.com to read more about the Harris Poll EquiTrend® study.

 

 

West Grove Grant Awarded!

The Chester County Commissioners awarded a Community Revitalization Program grant of $1,111,000 to the Borough of West Grove for improvements on, and surrounding, our 6.8 acre site at Willow Street and South Guernsey Road.  These public improvements include construction of the storm water management system, storm sewer system, public water system, new street construction and widening of existing streets.  Ryan Costello, Chair, Chester County Board of Commissioners, noted, “Since 2003, more than $3.7 million in Community Revitalization Programs funds have been invested in West Grove, for water system, storm sewer and streetscape improvements.  This year’s grant of $1.1 million helps pave the way for the construction of 40 affordable homes in the Borough, and we thank Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Borough officials for their commitment to investing in this very worthwhile project.”

West Grove rendering

 

Community Lane Homes Achieve LEED Certification!

In an effort to build more efficiently and save our future homeowners some money on their utility bills, HfHCC adopted several “green” strategies at the Cambria site in 2011.  As a result, the homes at 416, 418, 420, 422, and 424 Community Lane, completed in 2012, are now officially certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council!
So what exactly does that certification mean?  LEED certification provides independent, internationally recognized, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.  LEED-certified homes are:
· Built to be energy-efficient, ensuring that the home can be comfortably heated and cooled with minimal energy usage;
· Individually tested to minimize envelope and ductwork leakage;
· Designed to minimize indoor and outdoor water usage;
· Predicted to use an estimated 30 to 60% less energy than a comparable home built to International Energy Conservation Code.
By earning LEED certification on these Cambria homes, HfHCC has ensured that the homes are healthy places to live and even more affordable over time for the partner families who live in them!

leed gold

 

 

Now Open-Kennett Square ReStore!

 

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County officially opened its ReStore in Kennett Square on Saturday, May 5. The ReStore is a retail store, open to the public, that sells donated appliances, furniture, clothing, cabinetry, etc.  All proceeds from the store will be used to build affordable housing in Southern Chester County.

Donations will be accepted on Saturdays in March from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday beginning Tuesday, April 10 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Have something too big to bring yourself? We’ll come to your home and pick items up from the first floor or garage.  To schedule a pick-up, please call 610-466-1890.

 Jen Rothenberger, Kennett ReStore Manager, marks the grand opening of the new store with the help of (left to right) Anne-Marie Walters (HfHCC Board of Directors), Mike Leader (Board President), Charles Whitford (Board), Tom Brophy (HfHCC Director of Retail Operations), and Art Munson (Board).

345 Scarlet Road · New Garden Shopping Center
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 466-1890
restore@hfhcc.org
Tuesday to Friday, 9-6 and Saturday, 9-4

Helloooo West Grove!

When it rains, it pours!  In addition to the 45 home project currently underway in Coatesville, we have also purchased a piece of property in West Grove that will yield 40 homes.  The property, located at the intersection of S. Guernsey Avenue and Willow Avenue, just off of the main square of West Grove, is a “raw” piece of land that will require quite a bit of infrastructure work before construction can begin.  We are excited with the prospect of having this amount of land to work with, but more so because this brings us to the southern part of the county – an area we’ve been trying to find land in for the past several years.  There has always been a need for affordable housing here, and we are thrilled to be in a position to fulfill that need.

But as with any purchase, there is a price tag.  The cost of this parcel is $1 million and it is in our best interest to pay off the note over the next two years, during which time the loan will remain interest free.  It’s a small price to pay for such a fantastic piece of land in a beautiful part of Chester County, but it’s one where we’ll need all the help we can get.   So if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the West Grove Project (sponsorship is available on ALL levels), please contact Jason Pyrah at 610-384-7993, ext. 12 or at Jason@hfhcc.org.

Stay tuned as we’ll have much more information to share in the coming months.

Excavation Begins on Community Lane!

The excavators were hard at work on September 24, 2010 digging the foundation holes for the first 6 homes on Community Lane, Coatesville.  Once this work is complete, the concrete foundations will be poured and first floor decks installed, making way for our volunteers to begin framing.

These are the first 6 of an eventual 45 affordable homes on the Cambria Terrace site.  HfHCC acquired the property in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Chester County Department of Community Development.

To see this neighborhood now, it’s hard to believe that this area was once dominated by the dilapidated Oak Street public housing mega-project.  Twenty-two Habitat for Humanity homeowner families already reside here, thanks to donor dollars and the efforts of our volunteers.

We are seeking house sponsorship funds to enable our volunteers to complete six or seven houses each year, so every dollar counts.  In order to meet this current challenge, we need the support of the many active church, social, and business organizations in the area.  To learn more about ways that you can make a difference, please contact Jason Pyrah at 610-384-7993, x12 or Jason@hfhcc.org.

For those interested in volunteering, please contact Eliza Bernardini at (610) 384-7993, ext. 17 or Eliza@hfhcc.org.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work on the construction site.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a Habitat homeowner, please contact Bobette Meeter at (610) 384-7993, ext. 14 or Bobette@hfhcc.org.  Families selected for these particular homes must have an income ranging from $23,000 to $62,000.