As of March 1, 2013, the Ellis family has been enjoying the comforts of a new home. They are still sorting through their belongings to figure out what goes where, but they are enjoying the fruits of their labor and the labor of all the friendly volunteers who helped construct their home over the past year and a half. The home boasts a Heat Smart Program heating system, which utilizes electric as a supplemental backup to the main heating source--wood. Under this PSNH program meant to bypass the use of fossil fuels, the electric used for heating is delivered under a separate meter at a reduced rate. Check it out for yourself at http://www.psnh.com/SaveEnergyMoney/For-Home/Heating-and-Cooling.aspx
We look forward to our next project...if you know of anyone with land to donate, connect them with OMHFH via this website or (603) 569-5664.
On Saturday, December 1, OMHFH will be partaking in a craft show sponsored by the Alton Rotary.
Come visit our booth to see what is happening at our latest build, sign up to volunteer, or make a donation.
Place: Alton Central School, School Street
Time: 9 AM to 3 PM
Hope to see you there!
The leaves are changing and the mornings are cool. It's a beautiful time in the mountain and lakes region of NH! Keith, our construction supervisor, has been buttoning up the interior of the house with Royal and Jimmy, our loyal volunteers, who have been installing insulation, prepping for flooring, interior trim, and deck railings.
It is an exciting time as we get closer and closer to dedication day of this wonderful, warm home in East Wakefield. We have so many people who have given gifts of food for our workers, a discount on materials and services, and our great volunteers who organized fundraisers, worked on committees, and swung a hammer at the home. Can we ever thank those kind folks enough?! More later, when we have a dedication date!
On Saturday, May 26, we held a fundraising yard sale at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield. Ken and Penny Ellis led the yard sale team and we'd like to thank the volunteers that came out to help set up and clean up. It was amazing to have such dedicated folks help our cause! The yard sale was a success with proceeds right around $1400.
There are still items left over that are for sale: many Rivco vinyl window units, one primed wooden pre-hung door with a beautiful oval leaded glass window, one wooden door with a crescent window painted country blue on one side, 4 interior solid wood paneled doors, and 4 stainless kitchen sinks. Call 569-5664 if you are interested in any of these items.
Women Raise Hammers
On Saturday, May 12, women and men volunteers came together
for a cause...to provide a deserving local family with a place they
can call home for many years to come. Forty volunteers (35 of
them women) put their hearts and their hands together to build
two decks, install basement windows, provide a finish coat over
the exposed portion of the foundation, and paint the entire inside
of the house. For most of our volunteers, this was their first Habitat
My special thanks to everyone who came out and Lowe's in
Rochester, and let's not forget the people behind the scenes
provding our group with refreshments and services. Also
thanks to the kind folks at Lovell Lake Food Center, Subway of
West Ossipee, and Lakes Region Septic. ~cas
We are very excited for the Women Build this coming Saturday. Thirty women and three men volunteers have signed up to come help. The construction supervisor, Keith, is ready with jobs and the tools to get to work. The day starts at 9 AM. Refreshments will be provided by the local Girl Scout troop. Come prepared to learn a new skill, make a new friend, and enjoy giving back to someone in your community. See you there! ~Carol
This year our affiliate was chosen to participate in a week long event where women come together to make a difference. It is very exciting to be a part of an important group at HFHI. The program is Women Build. Started five years ago, this unit within HFHI coordinates volunteer builds where the participants are 75% women. On the fifth anniversary of this successful program, there will be a Women Build event in all 50 states the week of May 5 to 12. We are proud to represent NH!
Alot can be accomplished in one day by a serious and dedicated group of women. Together with Lowe's, Rochester, NH, we plan to have a fun day of work at the home in Wakefield. (See more about the day in the WOMEN BUILD tab.)
OMHFH is planning a giant yard sale to raise funds for the home being constructed in East Wakefield. The proposed date is Saturday, May 26, to be held at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield property.
Items are needed! Please, no clothing or large appliances. This sale will include many new or gently used building materials, such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, unpainted pre-hung entry doors, hardware, tools, etc. If you are a general contractor, there could be something there for you to scoop up!
Inquire at (603) 569-5664 or by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday I was invited to speak to the nice folks at the Alton Rotary. Rick Fogg, President, asked me to present our organization and our current work to their audience. It was great meeting Dave Hayden, who was a wealth of knowledge having served on a Habitat Board in York County, Maine. It was such a pleasure socializing with all of the Rotarians who give so much to their community and who are willing to go beyond town boundaries to serve others in need. Thank you, Rick Fogg, for the invitation and the pleasure of meeting your group.
Workdays for volunteers are set for every Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Our construction supervisor, Keith Faris, or an authorized OMHFH representative must be present for volunteers to work on the house. We welcome individuals as well as groups to contact us for volunteering on the home. Call (603) 569-5664 for more info.