Month: August 2016

 

Build Trip to Costa Rica

Day 2Our Costa Rica trip is all mapped out. We have firm dates, cost, and an itinerary. Now all we need is YOU! Check out the details on our Costa Rica 2017 page and consider attending our informational Q&A session with Team Leader Sarah Bond-Yancey. Sarah has extensive experience leading international build trips and looks forward to answering any questions you may have.

  • What: Costa Rica Q&A Session
  • When: September 8th, 6-7pm
  • Where: Community Food Co-op Bakery Café (see map)

Some good news to kick off recruiting …

The trip cost is lower than we originally thought it would be. On August 10th we told you $1900 plus airfare per person but we’re happy to be able to amend that number to $1725 plus airfare per person. An auspicious start? We think so!

Find this event on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Greetings, Friends

Today we received the very sad news that our Office Manager and Bookkeeper, Becca Bell, passed away from a very short and unexpected illness.

Becca’s was not the loudest voice at staff meetings but it was one of the most influential in helping shape decisions about knotty problems. She was a quiet but powerful force. Her commitment to Habitat, to common sense, and to her unerring compass always helped us decide on what was the right thing to do. Becca remembered everyone’s birthday and employment anniversary and made sure we celebrated in the most caring way. Whether your favorite treat was Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or locally sourced, organic vegetables, she had you covered on your special day.

For the last five years we have come to take excellence in our accounting and internal controls for granted. No one could have done a better job.

She will be missed, not only as a co-worker, but as a decent human being whose ethics and compassion we should all emulate.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy goes out to all who knew her. We were the blessed ones to be in her presence and now feel the emptiness of her leaving this world.

God bless, Becca!

The Fence the Gutierrez Family Built

Gutierrez fenceWe’re almost there! The Gutierrez family built their fence this past Saturday under Construction Project Manager Paul Stromdahl’s supervision. There was a fence in place, but it was in such substandard condition that we had to replace it. “It was pretty horrible,” says Stromdahl. But the new fence, as you can see, is sturdy and ready for duty!

What’s Left to Do?

Gutierrez fence 2Stromdahl’s leading a work party this Saturday, August 27th and is planning to tackle the following:

  • Installing bifold doors
  • Putting up towel bars
  • Installing door knobs, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls
  • Starting on the shed

Want to help? Work starts at 9am (plan to get to Sumas by 8:30 – 8:45 for instructions from Stromdahl), breaks for lunch around Noon, and continues on until 4pm. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes/footwear that covers your whole foot (no sandals or open-toed shoes). Call Janet at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org if you’re planning on coming out. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend for building!

A Good Day for Golf and Giving

IMG_0092We had a great time at Whatcom County Association of Realtors‘ (WCAR) annual golf tournament! Each year, WCAR hosts a tournament at one of Bellingham’s beautiful courses to benefit a local non-profit organization. It’s a lot of work and we’re grateful that WCAR chose to make Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County the beneficiary of that work this year.

A Good Day for Golf

Janet, our Volunteer Coordinator, and Fred, our Resource Development Manager, spent the afternoon at hole #3, enjoying the sun and meeting the golfers as they passed through. The competitors were in good spirits and everyone seemed to have fun.

IMG_0089A Good Day for Giving

All said, about 75 golfers showed up to play. In doing so, each one gave of their time and their pocketbooks to help build safe, decent, affordable shelter for Whatcom County residents. We got to do a little giving of our own with a couple of drawings for $25.00 gift certificates to the Habitat Store. We notified the winners yesterday and hope they’ll find something they love on our sales floor.

Thank you to WCAR and to every golfer who came out for the tournament … we’re so grateful!

Looking Ahead: Costa Rica Trip

GVWe’re in the preliminary stages of planning an international build trip! Soon we’ll be putting together a team of up to 13 volunteers who will travel to Costa Rica in mid-March, 2017 to build decent, affordable shelter alongside members of the local community. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County has long been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica through our tithe program and we’re looking forward to doing some hands-on work. We’ll spend most of our days building, but we’re also planning to squeeze in some cultural activities. The weather will be dry and hot (83 to 91 degrees) … pretty consistent with most sunny vacation spots.

Sign Up to Learn More

GV2Interested in going with us? Get us your contact information and we’ll update you as more details become available. So far what we know:

  • Dates – March 16th through 28th, 2017
  • Cost – $1900.00 plus airfare per person

Call 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org if you’d like us to keep you informed as we move forward!

We Need Your Help in Sumas This Saturday!

Paul at SumasConstruction Project Manager Paul Stromdahl is burning the candle at both ends to get the Gutierrez family in their home before the kids are due back in school. We’d hate for the children to have to transfer after the school year has already begun. But to accomplish our goal, Paul needs all the help he can possibly get. If you’re available this Saturday, August 6th and willing to help out, we’d be grateful to have you. Paul plans to tackle flooring, counter tops, painting, and some yard work.

Call Janet at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org to sign up. Plan to get to Sumas by 8:30 to 8:45 AM. We’ll take a lunch break around Noon and work until 4 to 4:30 PM. If you’re unable to stay for the entire day, please let us know so we can plan accordingly!

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