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Campus Campout to Raise Funds for Habitat, March 13-15

Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATΩ) fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, March 13-15 The ATΩ brothers hope to raise $5,000 and are prepared for any weather, they claim, and are ready, if necessary, to be “freezin’ for a reason.”

Sneak a Peak at Habi Hour 2017 Live Auction Packages

We’re planning an extra special HABI HOUR on Tuesday, February 28, 5:01 p.m.-8:30 p.m. presented by DeNooyer Chevrolet and Metro Toyota. This year’s event is at Millennium Restaurant’s CityScape Events venue, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, and it will be a Mardi Gras party – Mardi Gras décor, New Orleans-styled food, photo booth, and live music from the Brass Rail. Your $35 ticket includes all that plus a beverage and Millennium’s trademark service.

Here’s a preview of our amazing Live Auction packages:

Habitat to Host Homeownership Program Orientations in March

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) will host three orientation meetings on its affordable homeownership program in March. The sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Neighborhood Association, 3320 Laird Ave., Kalamazoo, Wednesday, March 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Edison Neighborhood Association, 816 Washington Ave., Kalamazoo, and on Thursday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Eastside Neighborhood Association, 1301 E. Main St., Kalamazoo. The informational, 60-minute session outlines Habitat’s affordable homeownership program and application process. The sessions are free and open to the public and designed for adult participants only. Child care is not provided. To reserve a spot, individuals may call: 269-344-2443, ext. 211. Anyone who needs special accommodations to participate in the session or requires a translator is asked to call in advance.

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity will open the application cycle for the homeownership program April 3, 2017. Contact the Habitat office, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, 269-344-2443 to request an application packet,

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity builds 4-5 decent, affordable homes each year in partnership with qualified future homeowners. Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes in locations where future homeowners, volunteers, affordable lots and/or rehab-able homes, and funding are available. Habitat sells its homes without profit and provides an affordable mortgage. 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. Information packets can be requested by contacting the Habitat office, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, 269-344-2443.

Habitat welcomes the participation of all people, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or familial status, weight, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law in accordance with all federal and state laws.

D&W and Family Fare Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with the SpartanNash Foundation during its retail scan campaign to provide shelter in the local community. Between Feb. 8 and 19, store guests who visit will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.

“We are grateful for the on-going support our community provides through this program each year and for SpartanNash’s corporate commitment to affordable housing,” said Habitat’s Executive Director Charlie Robertson. “The dollars raised in this program go right back into our neighborhoods to build and improve places called home.”

Global Village Travelers Needed for Spring Trip

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity is building a team of 12 volunteers to travel to Esteli, Nicaragua, April 29-May 7, 2017. The Global Village team will build a house in partnership with a local family and Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua. The nine-day itinerary includes six days of building, Habitat orientations and project tours, cultural enrichment activities and tours, and two travel days.

The cost of the trip is approximately $1,570 per person plus airfare and incidentals. The cost includes ground transportation, medical insurance, food and lodging, and cultural activities. Global Village Trip fees are tax deductible. Volunteers who contribute service hours in Kalamazoo may be eligible for a Global Village Trip subsidy to help defray costs.

For more information, contact Ann Kilkuskie, Global Village Trip team leader, (269)344-2443, ext. 206 or akilkuskie@habitatkalamazoo.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOSTS “HABI HOUR MARDI PARTY” FEBRUARY 28

What do you get when you hold a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on Fat Tuesday? The Habi Hour Mardi Party! Tickets are on sale now for Habitat’s special annual event, Tuesday, February 28, 5:01 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Cityscape Event Center, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. Habi Hour raises funds to help Habitat build, renovate, and repair homes in the community.

This year’s Habi Hour Mardi Party will be the best Mardi Gras party in town. Mardi Gras décor and festivities will create a Big Easy evening complete with live New Orleans jazz by The Brass Rail, New Orleans appetizers, and a Mardi Gras photo booth, courtesy of Big Lyle’s.

Energy-Efficient Rehab Will Be New Home for 201st Habitat for Humanity Family

It took 320 volunteers more than 1,891 hours to rehabilitate a small house on Kalamazoo’s Eastside but it will take just one family to make it a home. The transformation began on Sunday, January 29, when a local family of four dedicated its new Habitat for Humanity home.

200th Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Family Dedicates Home

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity celebrated with its 200th homeowner family on Sunday, November 13. The family of seven gathered with friends, neighbors, and Habitat volunteers to dedicate its new home at 616 Jefferson Place, in Kalamazoo’s Douglas Neighborhood.

Habitat Earns Prestigious Housing Innovation Award from the US Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy has awarded Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) a 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the Affordable category. The award recognizes the1,100 square foot, 3-bedroom home on Glendale Boulevard in Kalamazoo Habitat completed last spring. Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 27th at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Habitat for Humanity Builds Kalamazoo’s First “Tiny House”

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is building the first legally permitted tiny house in the city of Kalamazoo. Construction began Tuesday, August 23, on the innovative house i n Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhood. When finished, the home will provide 230 square feet of living space for a single homeowner.

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