Author: John Moon

 

The Sky’s the Limit for the VanDyken Household

Earlier this year, we hosted a Raise the Roof Auction in an airplane hangar that included a fun paper airplane contest with a pretty great prize–a private plane ride!

And the winner was none other than Cody, age 10, the grandson of the VanDyken family, our latest partner family, who’s Youth United Build house is nearing completion.

Thanks to pilot Doug Cole, who flew Cody around in his private plane, here are some photos from Cody’s experience.

He tried out an L-29, courtesy of Scott, but decided the 172 was a better fit.

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“C’mon, stop talking and let’s go flying!”

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“It’s easier than I thought! Ready for a loop?”

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Two happy pilots.

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Ah shucks. Just another routine flight.

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Big Savings This Saturday – Nov. 14

Saturday Sale

Make plans to visit us this Saturday to take advantage of some big savings–up to 75% off! Whether you’re looking to prepare for the holidays, or just looking to update a room or office, we have plenty of options at great prices.

Saturday Only: 50% Off Select Items

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World Habitat Day: Monday, October 5

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Set a reminder on your phone. Monday, October 5 is World Habitat Day!

Visit Panda Express & Support Habitat

To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Panda Express. Simply present the flyer below (in print or on your smart phone) at the Panda Express (Sunset Dr. location) and they’ll donate 20% of all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County.

So make plans to dine-in, drive-thru, or pick up lunch or dinner from Panda Express this Monday. And don’t forget to present this flyer when you pay!

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Foreign Exchange Volunteers from Japan

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No matter what part of the world you’re from, compassion breaks language barriers. Just ask Nami and Takahiro, the volunteers we’ve been lucky enough to host for the last few weeks.

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Bellingham Block Party: Too Good to Throw Away

Too Good to Throw Away Block Party

Join Us: Saturday August 22

We’re throwing a FREE block party, and you’re invited! So mark your calendars for our Too Good to Throw Away Block Party.

Habitat Whatcom is hosting a community block party for both adults and children. There will be a live music stage with special guests Memphis Rain, and friends. Plus, we’ve lined up some great food trucks, kid-friendly activities, and a beer garden.

Here are the details:

Meet a Women-Builder: Alyssa Carpenter

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Alyssa frames a wall at last year’s Women Build work site in Ferndale.

Alyssa Carpenter didn’t set out to be a leader.
A couple of years ago, she and a friend passed by the Habitat for Humanity booth at the Whatcom Home and Garden Show in Lynden. They saw some information about Habitat’s Women Build Program and decided to sign up.

They figured they might put in a day pounding nails on the upcoming build. But they soon got a call inviting them to join the Women Build leadership team, a group of volunteers working to organize and fund the build.
“We both just kind of went with it,” she says.

Working behind the scenes and on the job site at last year’s Women Build in Ferndale, Alyssa discovered she had a passion for building, leading, and making a difference.

This year, she’s back as the volunteer chairwoman for the Women Build 2013-14 Leadership Team.

Volunteering on the build site was empowering, says Alyssa, an office manager at a local advertising business. She helped roof a home, and learned to use a router and a chop saw
“By the end of the day, I was cool with it,” she said. She hadn’t had an opportunity to learn how to use power tools before. But on the Women Build job site, she felt comfortable asking for training. The skills she learned have already proved useful in her life, she says.

“You really don’t need to know anything about construction,” she says. “If you make a mistake, it’s not a big deal. They’ll show you how to fix it.”

Alyssa also enjoyed working alongside the house’s new owners, the Julio Ortiz family, on last year’s Women Build and seeing how the work they did together changed the family’s life.

Alyssa is excited about some improvements that will help the project have an even greater impact and also make the build more engaging for volunteers.

Women Build volunteers will be invited to join teams specific to each build day, and compete to creatively raise funds or in-kind donations for their building supplies.

“It helps you get excited for your day,” she says. “It brings in a little competition.”

Housing and Education

A decent home provides kids with more than shelter. It’s gives them a place to succeed.

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