2021 Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

On Thursday, October 7th, we held our first volunteer appreciation event since the start of the pandemic. Here are some highlights of our regular volunteers, board members, homeowner partners and staff enjoying pulled pork and chicken together. Catering was provided by one of our new regular volunteers, Chef Wade! #ChefWade  

Partnership with Wells Fargo

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity thanks Wells Fargo for helping to build affordable housing in Kalamazoo. We could not do what we do without the generosity of our donors and volunteers. More information about the program: Wells Fargo Builds℠ provides philanthropic financial support from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low to moderate income households.   Wells Fargo Foundation has donated $7.75 million to Habitat for Humanity International to build, renovate and repair more than 340 affordable homes across the United States.   Wells Fargo Builds is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.   Since 2010, Wells Fargo has committed over $100 million to Habitat for Humanity, with more than $22 million supporting national Habitat for Humanity programs.   Through the Wells Fargo Builds℠ program in 2020, Wells Fargo helped Habitat for Humanity build, renovate and repair 387 affordable homes across the United States    

Meet the ED – Virtual Event

      Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) welcomes the community to join in a Facebook Live event to meet our new executive director, Rob Oakleaf. Event Details Topic: Meet the KVHH Executive Director, Rob Oakleaf Date: Wednesday, March 24th Time: 5:30 pm Location: Virtual via Facebook Live facebook.com/KalamazooValleyHabitatforHumanity (a recording of the event will be made available afterward) The link to the Facebook event can be found here. Rob will introduce himself, give a brief overview of his prior experience, and speak about the current, critical work of KVHH. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions via Facebook or in advance by contacting KVHH Community Engagement Coordinator Joel Hardcastle at jhardcastle@habitatkalamazoo.org. “I am thrilled that Rob Oakleaf has taken the lead at KVHH. He brings with him a tremendous background, an understanding of Kalamazoo, and passion for our mission. I am confident that, under his leadership, KVHH will continue to provide our partner families with the jump-start they need and deserve, as homeownership is a pathway to a more vibrant, prosperous, and equitable life.”  — Oliver Howell, Past President, KVHH Board of Directors As the former, long-time executive director of Ministry with Community and, more recently, a Bronson Healthcare Group employee, Rob is well-known to the Kalamazoo…

Our 210th Habitat Home Dedication!

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 210th homeowner family will dedicate their new home on Wednesday, August 28th. The celebration will take place at 514 Wallace St. Kalamazoo MI 49048. The event will take place from 6:00-7:00pm with the dedication taking place at 6:30pm and is open to the public. The house was built in part by Education for Employment (EFE) students during the 2018-19 school year as part of the EFE Construction Trades program. There were also more than 200 Habitat for Humanity volunteers that contributed time and talent to this project, including Habitat’s regular Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday crews. Local companies and organizations such as Kalamazoo College Athletics, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Pfizer, Eaton and many more, all volunteered their time and energy to help others in our community! The three bedroom, one bath home was built using advanced construction techniques, added insulation, upgraded windows, and efficient appliances. This creates a comfortable, healthy, durable home for the family that is affordable to maintain and operate. While there is a small increase in cost to build to these efficiency standards, the family can expect to save many thousands of dollars in energy costs over the next 30 years. A…

WMU Hockey Team

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, a bright sunny and hot. day, the Western Michigan University Bronco Hockey team went to work with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity to lay out the foundation for something much larger than themselves, individually or collectively.Their task on this hot day was to be trailblazers and clear a lot in the Plainwell area of trees and a heavy growth of brush. The purpose being to outline and prepare the area for the foundation of a new Habitat home for a future Habitat family.Armed with axes; saws; rakes; lop-pers; etc.; and strong bodies and minds, the team took on the challenge to get the lot ready for excavation. Through their work, and some play, Habitat is now ready to begin work on another home that will change the lives of another deserving family for years to come.

Dine to donate at Chipotle!

Join us on Tuesday, June 11th at Chipotle Mexican Grill on West Main St. in Kalamazoo from 4-8PM. 33% of all food sales during this time will be donated to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity! Make sure that you print off the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re there to support Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity!

Kalamazoo Growlers support Habitat for Humanity!

Take me out to the ballgame! On Wednesday, June 19th the Kalamazoo Growlers take on the Kenosha Kingfish! The Growlers were kind enough to put together 2 very special ticket packages for us! And a portion of every fundraiser ticket sold will be given back to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity! If you haven’t been to a Growlers game yet, they are a ton of fun, there is always in between inning entertainment and it’s a fantastic deal! It’s a must-see in Kalamazoo! To purchase your tickets, please follow the link below! https://kalamazoo-growlers.northwoodsleague.tv/…/SelectProm…