Thank You Volunteers!

Throughout the community, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, from colleges, universities and schools, businesses, faith communities, service clubs and organizations, and individuals share precious time and talent with hundreds of nonprofit organizations like Habitat. Volunteers make good things happen and help deliver much needed services and programs. We are especially grateful for the contributions of all our volunteers as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.

In 2016, more than 1,500 Habitat volunteers contributed over 28,000 hours of service on construction sites, at the Habitat ReStore, the Habitat administrative office, as board and committee members, and at special events. Those hours are the equivalent of 13 full time employees. According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer service hour in Michigan in 2015 was $23.54. At that rate, the value of the service volunteers contributed to us in 2016 was more than $665,000.

Our 2017 goal is to improve on those numbers and engage more volunteers and interns in our mission. To learn more about Habitat volunteer opportunities, visit our webpage, www.habitatkalamazoo.org.

Thank you, Habitat volunteers, for all you do to help us build homes, communities and hope. Your support helps us focus our financial and human resources on our shared mission. We couldn’t do it without you and we don’t want to. Your spirit, energy, and commitment keeps us centered and makes everything we do better and more fun.

In the Spirit of Home and Community,


Charlie Robertson

Executive Director




Hammers & Heels Event Set for May 3rd to Support Women Build Project

A new Habitat celebration, Hammers & Heels, will kick off the 2017 Women Build on May 3. This inaugural fundraiser will bring women together to raise funds to help buy the building materials for the 2017 Women Build house. Participants can visit the Habitat Power Tool Petting Zoo, bid on silent auction baskets, and enjoy light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity office, 1126 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, at the Habitat ReStore, 7612 S. Westnedge, Portage, or at the event.

For information on the event, including sponsorships and donations, contact Monica Priest, 269-344-2443, ext. 213 or mpriest@habitatkalamazoo.org.

Women Build Begins May 9th

Women Build 2017, our ninth annual Women Build, begins May 9 during National Women Build Week. This annual program, coordinated by Habitat for Humanity International with support from Lowe’s, encourages all volunteers, especially women, to have some fun on a Habitat construction site. This year, Habitat will start a new home in the Milwood neighborhood in partnership with a family of three. Volunteers must register in advance. Spots are currently available on May 9, May 10, and May 13.

Lowe’s is hosting a free how-to clinic, “How to Use Power Tools Safely & Basic Framing,” on Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m., at Lowe’s, 5108 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage. To register for the clinic or schedule a volunteer time, contact Ann Kilkuskie, 269-344-2443, ext. 206 or vc@habitatkalamazoo.org.

Spring Cleaning? The Habitat ReStore Needs Your Donations

Spring cleaning? Redecorating? Getting the house ready for grad parties, bridal showers, weddings? Or, are you just trying to find your golf clubs? Remember the Habitat ReStore. We turn your tools, appliances, cabinets, building materials, and furniture into Habitat homes by selling them to the public. All proceeds help us affordably build and repair homes in the community in partnership with Habitat homeowners and volunteers.

You can drop off donations at the Habitat ReStore, 7612 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, during store hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. The drive through donation loop makes it a snap.

To schedule a free pick up of larger items, call the Donation Hotline: 269-381-5523.

Advia Foundation Pledges Suport to Habitat

The Advia Foundation is working to provide safe, affordable housing in the communities it serves through a new campaign tied to its mortgage services that will run April 1 – June 30. During this three-month period, the Foundation is pledging to donate $100 to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity for every new mortgage application that Advia Credit Union receives.

Because spring is typically a popular season for new home sales, the foundation is estimating the total donation to be up to $25,000 which will be distributed to Habitat organizations in Southwest Michigan, Eastern Michigan and South Central Wisconsin where Advia Credit Union branches are located.

In addition, Advia staff will volunteer at Habitat build sites. To find your local Advia Credit Union, visit www.adviacu.org.

Homeownership Program Application Cycle Open Now

The application cycle for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity’s (Habitat) homeownership program is open until May 12. Application packets are available upon request from the Habitat office, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, 269-344-2443, ext. 211.

Qualified applicants must need better housing, be able to repay the mortgage Habitat provides, and be willing to partner with Habitat to complete the program requirements. Applicants also must meet income guidelines determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More detailed information can be viewed at www.habitatkalamazoo.org.


Habitat ReStore Adds Monday Hours

The Habitat ReStore, 7612 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, is now open for business on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The store is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday. For more information, visit the Habitat webpage, www.habitatkalamazoo.org,, Habitat ReStore-Kalamazoo/Portage Facebook page, or call 269-381-5523.

Habi Hour 2017 - A Very Mardi Gras Party!

The good times did indeed roll on February 28 at Habi Hour 2017. Thank you, Habi Hour Mardi Party sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers. Fat Tuesday may be but a memory but the numbers are in: you raised more than $38,000 for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. You partied with a purpose – to help Habitat build and repair homes in our community. To see photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.