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Habitat News

Snyder and Kordeck honored with awards at Barnes St. Home dedicationThursday August 25, 2016

At our most recent home dedication, Kelly Bray Snyder was awarded the Gottfried Csala Volunteer Award for providing business and professional knowledge to Habitat over the past year. Mike Kordeck, M.D. received the 2016 Herm Shiplett Award for his countless volunteer hours. Both volunteers have shown an unwavering commitment to the Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity Organization. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Kelly and Mike for their outstanding contributions. Congratulations!

BIKE: Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat '16Wednesday May 18, 2016

We are so disappointed that the eighth annual BIKE: Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat ’16 was canceled due to weather.

If you preregistered for the event and would like a refund, please contact our office at your earliest convenience at 570-820-8002 or info@wv-hfh.org.

Cross Valley FCU Check Presentation for Bike: Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat '16Wednesday March 9, 2016

Pictured in the photo from left to right:

Bob Borwick – Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity President
Karen Evans Kaufer – Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director
Traci Donahue – Cross Valley FCU CEO

For Immediate Release

Cross Valley Federal Credit Union

BIKE: Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat 2016, which will take place on Sunday, May 1. The 35 mile ride will wind its way through the scenic Back Mountain. Beginning at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus at 9 am, bikers will ride to help us build a home for a low income family.

The spin component of the fundraiser this year is to be held on Saturday, April 30, at Vive Health and Fitness, 500 Third Avenue, Kingston. Classes are scheduled for 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am. Participants can register by calling Vive at 570-371-3572 or Heather@vivehealthandfitness.com

“Habitat is delighted the Cross Valley Federal Credit Union continues to support our fundraising event. They have been loyal sponsors of the ride since its inception eight years ago” said Karen Evans Kaufer, Executive Director of Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds simple, decent homes to sell to families in need. We use volunteer labor and charitable gifts to ensure our homes are affordable to low income families in Wyoming Valley.

Habitat families are selected based on level of need, willingness to become partners in the Habitat program, and ability to repay a no-interest, 20-year mortgage. Mortgage payments are “recycled” to help build more homes for other qualified families. Families who purchase Habitat homes invest at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.

Wells Fargo Volunteers Tuesday March 8, 2016

WHAT: Wells Fargo Volunteer help to rehab a home for Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16, 2015

WHERE: 68 Barnes Street in Ashley, PA

TIME: 9-4pm

(Ashley) On Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16, from 9am to 4pm, volunteers from Wells Fargo will be on site at 68 Barnes Street in Ashley to help rehabilitate a house for a single mother and her 4 children. Wells Fargo has partnered with Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity through a $35,000 contribution and 600 hours of volunteer labor to rehabilitate the house to help the family achieve the dream of homeownership.

Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds simple, decent homes to sell to families in need. Wells Fargo’s partnership with Habitat will help build a house for the family of five. Teams of employees will spend many hours remodeling the house. Volunteers of all skill levels are instructed to do difficult tasks to insure the house is safe and well built. By using volunteer labor and donated goods and services we can reduce the cost of the homes. Habitat helps families, who otherwise would not be able to afford homeownership, by providing a no interest, low cost mortgage.

Karen Evans Kaufer, executive director of WVHFH said “We are delighted to have Wells Fargo partner with us in our mission to eliminate poverty housing. Providing this support helps the entire community by improving neighborhoods one house at a time.” The commitment of 600 hours of volunteer labor and the generous contribution from Wells Fargo will allow our local Habitat to complete two homes this year.

Habitat families are selected based on level of need, willingness to become partners in the Habitat program, and ability to repay a no-interest, 20-year mortgage. Mortgage payments are “recycled” to help build more homes for other qualified families. Families who purchase Habitat homes invest at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.

We are a Christian ministry dedicated to working with the entire community, including businesses, congregations, schools, individuals and our partner families. WVHFH knows that good housing is the key to helping a child turn into a productive adult who, in turn, helps strengthen our community. Our tried-and-tested partnership lets families become part of their own housing solution. Of course, these homes are not handouts. A Habitat for Humanity Home is a hand up, not a hand out.

Thank You Friday November 8, 2013

There are times when encouraging words should be written down and shared. There is always much to do at Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity (WVHFH). We work to accomplish our tasks and on to the next one we go to keep our organization moving forward. This is one of those times to stop, share, and
reflect upon encouraging words.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Judy, one of our partner families.
Judy expressed her gratefulness for the opportunity WVHFH is providing in the ability to own her own home. She called it a “golden opportunity.”
Judy works on the build site on a regular basis. She is impressed with the quality of workmanship going into building the house. Judy said she loves working with Bob, our site supervisor. She is impressed with Bob’s ability to work with people of all skill levels and his upbeat attitude. Judy is thankful for Emmit, one of our regular volunteers. She appreciates his good attitude and diligent work. Judy said, “I appreciate all that Habitat does…and all the volunteers that make this possible.” She is looking forward to the day when the house is hers. She wants to decorate it for the holiday seasons in warmth and love. After her home is completed Judy says she wants to stay on to work with WVHFH to give back that which she received.

Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity does provide wonderful opportunities. The day to day tasks are always worth the effort, for families, for people like Judy, and all of our volunteers. A Habitat house is built by volunteers, which is really an amazing accomplishment. Members of the community build these homes, contributing of themselves for others, whether it is working on site, providing lunch, a monetary contribution or a contribution to our Restore.
You make a difference.

Thank you to all.