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Be Smart, Giver…

When you write that check or click through your credit card information to support a good cause, you want to feel confident that money will go to the best possible purpose you intend to support. However, how do you know? We have all heard a story about someone doing something wrong with donated money, but it’s important not to lump all charities in with a few bad ones, since most of them are doing great work. There are ways you can be a smart giver. Here are some tips:

The Power of Tithing

At a home dedication in Zaire (modern day Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1979, Sam Mompongo, the leader of the local Habitat affiliate, took up a collection and presented half of the money to Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller. This money was used to start a new Habitat affiliate in Guatemala. From that undesignated donation, the entire tithe program grew.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores: Providing Green, Great Deals For The Entire Community!

Do you like to recycle? Are you a thrift shopper who likes to find unique items at yard sales and consignment shops? Do you like a good discount? How about supporting your community? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, then you should visit a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

ReStores are nonprofit home improvement donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public, at a fraction of retail cost.

Serving with Habitat: AmeriCorps Summer Members

AmeriCorps is a fantastic opportunity for people of all backgrounds, especially those who are in or just graduating college and need experience, folks looking at a job transition, or retirees who want to stay active in their community (and maybe get a little money to go back to school themselves or help their children or grandchildren pay for their education). Incorporated in 1993 through legislation signed by President Clinton, members serve with nonprofit agencies, schools, and local government organizations to improve the community through a variety of means.

Protecting your Home During Summer Vacation

With summertime officially in full swing, many people are taking some time to get away – to the beach, to visit family and friends, to get off the grid while camping, or if you’re like me, to enjoy a staycation at home and catch up on all those little projects I’ve been putting off during the week. Wherever you go to get away, you can give yourself some peace of mind by following a few tips to make sure your home is protected while you’re away.

Seeking the Freedom of Homeownership

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and our affiliates love Independence Day – especially since we celebrate it all year long, every time a new family becomes independent Habitat home owners. In honor of our nation’s upcoming Independence Day, we offer these easy to follow, practical tips on how individuals can save up enough money to enjoy the freedom, liberty, and independence of home ownership!

Use Less (or make your own!)…

Green Team: Composting

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is a designated Green Organization through NeighborWorks? Our office has a Green Team committed to making sure the workplace is a healthy, safe, and environmentally conscious space. As part of that committment, members of the Green Team will periodically share green living tips with you to help you join us in making our environment a healthier place. This week, our Green Team Sustainability Officer Jessica Rick shares tips on the benefits of composting, and how to start a compost pile in your own yard!

Get the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space!

Summer weather is officially here! Are you looking to add some appeal to your outdoor space? Be sure to consider the following Deck Building Tips, Tricks, and Safety guidelines from HFHM’s Sustainable Building Specialist, Thom Phillips!

Finding Opportunity with NeighborWorks

This week, June 4 – 11, 2016 is NeighborWorks Week -- a week of neighborhood change and awareness. This year marks the 33rd annual week of service that brings together neighbors, businesspeople, elected officials, friends and volunteers to engage in community improvement projects. It is estimated 200 NeighborWorks network organizations across the U.S.

HFHI Volunteer Management Certification Training Offered

Habitat Michigan will once again offer the HFHI Volunteer Management Certification training to all Habitat staff. The training will be held in 3 parts: an in-person training on Thursday, May 12th, and 2 webinars held on May 19th and 26th.

Home Run for Habitat is Back!

We are thrilled to announce our continued relationship with Consumer’s Energy and the Detroit Tigers to offer the ‘Home Run for Habitat’ program again this year. ‘Home Run for Habitat’ (HRH) is a highly marketable and visible online campaign that challenges affiliates, donors and the community to give more to support Habitat’s local mission.

AmeriCorps Week is Here!

March 5-12 marks AmeriCorps Week, a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of AmeriCorps members, alumni, and community partners to their communities and the nation.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers year-long intensive opportunities to people of all ages to serve their communities in a variety of ways, from assisting veterans and military families to rebuilding after a disaster to providing affordable housing options to community residents in need. Members receive a living stipend and an education award in thanks for their service.

Important announcement from Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM):

Thursday, March 3, two bills were introduced in the Michigan Senate to allow the expansion of payday lending products offered in the state.

Down Payment Assistance Updates February 2016

MSHDA has awarded HFHM with $825,000 in Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Forgivable Loan funding. The DPA Program provides up to $12,000 per single-family Habitat home with a qualified family and up to $350 reimbursement for pre-purchase counseling administered by a MSHDA or HUD certified counselor. Please see below for an important training related to the new DPA funding cycle, which is scheduled to run to November 30, 2016 (meaning all eligible activities must receive required approvals and close on or before 11/30/16).

Building a Donor Base webinar

Building a Donor Base: January 19, 2016

If you missed our recent webinar, Building a Donor Base, you can listen to the recording here: File2016-01-19_09.47_building_a_donor_base.mp4

New Years Challenge from Sandy Pearson

Happy New Year! The Habitat for Humanity Michigan team has hit the ground running and we are so excited for our unified mission work in the year to come. This year, we have a rejuvenated focus on families and I want to toss out a challenge. I challenge all of us to really think about the word “transformational.” We all joined Habitat to transform lives, including our own. The word means a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. What is our dramatic change in 2016?

 

Join KVHFH for a build in Nicaragua

For Immediate Release: January 4, 2016

CONTACT: Ann Kilkuskie

Save the Date: HOMES Green Building Summit Jan. 26-28, 2016

The seventh annual HOMES Green Building Summit will be held January 26-28, 2016 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan. The Summit seeks to inspire transformational leadership in high performance affordable housing through education, training, and peer-to-peer networking. Experts will share best practices in energy and resource-efficient construction and renovation, sustainable design, health and safety, building science principles, accessibility, and more.

Whirlpool and HFH Michigan team up to bring you refurbished appliances for sale in YOUR ReStore!

This is an exciting opportunity for our ReStores. You will be able to purchase refurbished appliances for resale through your local MRDC warehouse.

 

These are some frequently asked questions regarding Whirlpool Second Channel Sales.

1)      All appliances will be purchased through your normal MRDC Warehouse.

Advocacy Training & Legislative Day October 15

October 15  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Mackinaw Room in the House Office Building in Lansing

BoardSource resource available through NeighborWorks

I wanted to make you aware of a resource available to the Habitat network through Habitat for Humanity of Michigan’s organizational charter with NeighborWorks. BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices.

New Leader Orientation

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Orientation

August 31, 9:30 am-3:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan: 618 S. Creyts Road, Suite C, Lansing MI 48917

Whether you are a new Habitat staff person or a new board member, familiarizing yourself with the mission of Habitat is essential to making your time as an affiliate leader more effective and successful. This orientation serves to complement your current knowledge of Habitat for Humanity and increase your understanding of a variety of elements.

Additional Benefits:

FlexCAP Back and Better than Ever!

“The Habitat FlexCAP team is excited to announce that the new and improved FlexCAP is ready to launch, and we have 50 million reasons to give it a second look!!!  We have secured a  $50 million dollar pool of funding to lend out over the next 2 years, and this funding comes with 2 key changes:

On Demand Funding – FlexCAP is now available when affiliates need it, not just twice per year.  The FlexCAP team has set a goal of closing loans in as few as 60 days from when you apply.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 members of AmeriCorps!

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 members of AmeriCorps! So far this year, the members of this year’s program have served over 1000 people by helping them move into new homes, repairing the homes where they lived, or making their homes safer and more energy efficient. Additionally, they also recruited and supervised over 3000 volunteers to serve with Habitat affiliates across the state.

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