The North Kent Community has again stepped up to the plate to “Help Our Neighbors in Need.” Merle Post of Post Farms has designated one acre of land to allow NKSC to plant a garden. With this project, we will be able to provide fresh vegetables to our clients this season. We are inviting the community to help us plan our “garden.” Please join us on Tuesday evening, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr. (just north of 12 Mile) for a planning meeting. We look forward to your suggestions and input. Besides the usual garden vegetables, we are also hoping to plant raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Any donations to help the cause would be appreciated. To have your group volunteer to help tend our garden, call Karen Sanders at (616) 866-3478.
In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, crews of women volunteers will be pounding nails, raising walls and laying bricks at more than 175 Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the U.S. These non-traditional, pre-Mother’s Day activities are part of Habitat’s second annual National Women Build Week, May 2–10, sponsored by Lowe’s. You are invited to join in the fun with a Women Build Day on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some half day shifts are available). This nationwide celebration during National Women Build Week brings together women from all walks of life to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable homes for families in their local community. It also helps Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing by enlisting the help of new women volunteers. Women (and men too!) of all skill levels can play a vital role in eliminating poverty housing. Site supervisors will be on-hand to provide training, assistance, and encouragement. To register for Women Build Day, contact Colleen Mahon-VanDoren at (616) 774-2431 ext 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch, t-shirts and a few surprises are in store for the day!
Calling all volunteers … Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has kicked off a build in North Kent County on Tuesday, March 31, and volunteers are needed. Absolutely no experience is required. Habitat has plenty of jobs at all skill levels, including framing, siding, painting, land scaping, work site assistance and clean up, meal prep, and more. To work on site, you must be 16 years or older. Construction will continue through June 20. Sign up as a group, or come out and meet new friends. Habitat guarantees you will find this to be a most rewarding experience. Shifts are two, four or eight hours long – construction runs during the week and from 8 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Weekday volunteers are in high demand. For more information and a construction schedule, contact: Colleen Mahon-VanDoren at 774.2431, ext. 224, or check out www.habitatkent.org. In 2008, HFHKC celebrated its 25th anniversary by building its 250th home. Habitat Kent builds all LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes, making them one of our nation’s leaders in the construction of affordable environmentally sound homes. In 2006, Habitat Kent built the nation’s first affordable LEED home, as recognized by the United States Green Building Council. Habitat homes are not “given away;” homebuyers invest 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” with Habitat prior to assuming responsibility for 25-year-mortgage. To qualify, homebuyers must earn between 25-60 percent of the area median income.
The Rockford Education Foundation will be conducting its annual Phone-a-thon on February 24, 25 and 26, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Volunteers will be calling parents in the Rockford School District to ask for donations. The foundation funds educational opportunities for learners in the Rockford area. “We typically give back around $60,000 per year to the Rockford community in grants,” says Phone-a-thon co-chairpersons, Gail Vanderlaan and Theresa Webb. “The Phone-a-thon is one of our largest fund-raisers of the year. Our goal is to raise at least $20,000.” “The state budget cuts in education have made our work even more important,” says Sue Arend, REF Administrator. “We really appreciate the support we have received from the community in the past, and hope people will consider helping us out in any way that you can, again this year.” Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Phone-a-thon may call the REF at 863-6317.