40 Percent – OH YEAH!

52913dThat’s right, take a moment to give yourselves a HUGE pat on the back ladies because our 2013 Women Build house has raised more than 40% of the $75,000 goal!

52913bThis is a GREAT accomplishment, and we wouldn’t be able to build the Women Build house every year without all of your hard work both on site AND in the fundraising field. So THANK YOU!

52913cThough we’ve started building and the foundation is underway (we’ve got a GREAT video to share with you of how that was built next week) we’re taking a brief hiatus on site until August.

52913eBut there’s still A LOT to participate in during June and July – check out the Women Build events below and make sure you’ve signed your team up for the upcoming build days late this summer.

52913aRochester Brainery Women Build Fundraiser
June 13th
7pm – 8:30pm
$30/ticket (that includes one entry for our door prize!)
Rochester Brainery: 274 Goodman Street N., B134, Rochester, NY 14614

Always wanted to learn how to tile? Local contractor, Aaron Dana will be demonstrating how to tile. Whether you want to put down a new bathroom floor, add a backsplash above your sink, or want to create a unique piece made of tile; Aaron will go through the steps of how to successfully complete your desired tiling project! For more information and to buy tickets, go to rochesterbrainery.com

First American’s Habitat for Humanity Team Guest Bartender Event
June 20th
The Thirsty Turtle: 7422 Victor-Pittsford Rd, Victor, NY 14564

Costume-clad First American employees will be serving drinks behind the bar!  All tips that they generate during happy hour will go toward First American’s Habitat for Humanity Women Build Team’s fundraising goal! There will also be live music provided by a local Rochester cover band, Shaded Passion.

Yoga Teacher Photoshoot Fundraiser for iRoc Yoga Women Build Team
June 30th
9am – 6pm
$60 Donation to iRoc Yoga

If you’re a Yoga Teacher and have always wanted great photos to help promote your practice, now’s your chance to get those photos AND donate to a good cause! iRoc Yoga’s Women Build Team is working with a local photographer who is donating her talents for $60 donations to the iRoc Yoga team. What you get: a photo shoot and within 3-4 weeks of the shoot, you’ll receive a disc with all of the full resolution, edited photos and a print release. Photos can be used for your portfolio, advertising, FaceBook, Pinterest and more.  This is an RSVP MUST event: please contact Melinda if you are interested: melinda@irocyoga.com


10 Things To Know About Building On Site

As our building season ramps up, we get a lot of questions in the office about building on site. What it’s like, what skills are needed, what to expect when you get to site – that sort of thing. We thought we’d share for you our Ten Things To Know About Building with Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

Which means you don’t even have to know the difference between a Phillips head screw driver and a flat head screw driver. SO MANY VALUABLE tasks go into building a house and not all of them involve the use of power tools. We have jobs like painting, grading, drywall sanding, caulking, cleaning, and placing concrete which don’t take any special power tools at all. The key is communication, if you’re unsure about volunteering because you are worried you’re not handy, just let our site supervisors know when you arrive and they will find a job that will work better with your skill level.

Just like the light-work jobs listed above, there are PLENTY of jobs that involve hammering, nailing, cutting, etc. We even have volunteers help us with roofing. The trick is to be flexible, you might be very good at hanging drywall, but you’ve never lifted forms out of a basement. That’s okay, but you might have to lift forms if that’s what’s happening the day you volunteer. Our build sites are fluid and constantly changing – so if you have a special talent you’d like to use, let our site supervisors know after orientation so they can be aware and use you to our benefit.

And we mean it! We’ve had volunteers who are celebrating their 80th+ birthdays, volunteers who have never picked up a hammer, volunteers who are hearing impaired, volunteers who have limited mobility, and others. It’s all okay – we applaud and encourage inclusion. If you’re worried you might be a challenge out on site, call us. We’ll talk with our build team and find a meaningful job for you to help us with.

And this is no joke! Bill, Edwin, Orlando, Sarge, and Erwin are patient and fun leaders who enjoy teaching people new construction skills – and they do it in a kind-hearted, no-fail way. They are one of our greatest strengths, and they make sure every volunteer on site is comfortable, put to work, and taught new skill if their interested. In the end we are building solid, safe, well-built homes with families in Rochester – and they’ll teach you skills that help make that happen. Oh, and did we mention they juggle?

We know you want a solid, safe, well-built home as much as we do; so don’t worry about “messing it up”. We have a backbone of skilled volunteers, our Hammer & Saw crew, who build alongside our volunteers making sure that the quality is kept high. Along with filling in the gaps of only having 4 site supervisors, they work on specialty work like plumbing, electrical work, cabinetry, HVAC, and masonry. We love them because they allow us to do more good with less spend AND they tell good jokes.

Whether that means checking on and correcting how you’re using a ladder, stopping early because of heat or cold, or reviewing and then standing by as you learn to use a saw, our site supervisors are keen at keeping the job sites safe. They’ll review overall safety at the morning orientation when you first arrive AND check in on how you’re doing throughout the day. You can help keep the jobs sites safe too by wearing appropriate clothing/footwear, listening to instructions, and making sure you’re aware of your surroundings.

Sure building a house is hard work, just ask any of our homeowners who are working on or have completed their 450 hours of sweat-equity, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh along the way. Besides our site supervisors juggling, nail brain teasers, and singing we hope you’ll take a moment during your long day to stop, laugh, and smile. You’re doing AMAZING work for others, and that deserves giving yourself a break when you’re faced with a challenge, rain, cold, or a new task. Take a moment (at a safe time) to take a picture and share it with your friends – you’ll be amazed how many people will be giving you kudos. And you deserve it!

Not only will the work you do on site help build a home with a family who is working hard to achieve a better life for their family, but we receive over 4,000 applications for volunteering a year. Which means there are popular days where our sites fill up and we may have a waiting list, especially during the summer. If you’re volunteering with a sponsorship group, like Women Build, either you or someone else helped to raise the funds to make the house you build on possible – to make your volunteer spot possible. Your spot is YOURS and it’s an experience only you can have, so make the most of it.

Habitat for Humanity is one of the most recognizable non-profits in the world with over 1,500 affiliates in the US and Canada – not to mention the international work our friends are doing in 80 countries. We know there might be a time on site where a job may seem mundane, but think about the 1 million volunteer community you now belong to across the world! Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing and revitalize neighborhoods in Rochester, NY – but that’s such a small (though important!) piece of the giant puzzle of 1.6 billion people who are homeless or living in poverty housing world-wide. By volunteering you’re making a difference in your own backyard while also helping to change the WORLD.

562189_10151376294637635_618670008_n10.) YOU’RE OUR BIGGEST ASSET
We can only build houses with Rochester families because of you
. Our ability to offer low-income families a program where they work 450 hours of sweat-equity and then pay a 30-year zero interest mortgage only works when our houses are built by volunteers. The cost of building houses is great, but our ability to offer affordable, decent homes to families who would otherwise be turned down for a traditional mortgage is possible only because you, and others, have chosen to give up a day to come out on site and get your hands dirty. Without you we couldn’t do this – so why not come out and give it a try?

Can you dig it?

FCHHWBGB13BLast Saturday, on Mother’s Day weekend, we celebrated the kick-off of our 2013 Women Build home and 2013 National Women Build Week sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement through what was supposed to be a ground breaking ceremony. You know, one in which we really dig the foundation.

FCHHWBGB13TBut as we’ve learned here at Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Mother Nature doesn’t always agree with our pretty manicured media events, and so the rain came hard and steady earlier in the week – creating havoc for the dumping grounds and pushing our spoil-haul off until the following week. No hauling of spoils means so digging of basements, and so we brought out the golden shovels (and a surprise pink pay loader thanks to the generous crew at AP Enterprises) and made the “ceremonial” first digs with our homeowner family and Women Build Teams.

FCHHWBGB13EIt may have been windy, and cold more like a March day than a May day, but that couldn’t keep the smiles off of anyone’s face. When you break ground on a Habitat house, even if it’s just a few shovels full, it’s a GOOD day – ya know?

FCHHWBGB13FAnd those at the event had a chance to meet our 2013 homeowner, Kreasha, her son Don’Trael, and her daughter Khemani – taking a GOOD day to a GREAT day.

FCHHWBGB13GThrow in a lovely present from Michelle Ashby to Karen Kall – a plague of this year’s Democrat & Chronicle article about Women Build and Kall; coverage from WHEC, YNN, and HER Magazine; and Women Build swag-bags for all those who attended – and, well, let’s just say no windy cold grey day could bring us down!

WB13GBaWhich leads to today (May 16th), where we finally dug down down down on a bright and sunny 80 degree day creating the foundation-hole for our 2013 Women Build house. That’s right ladies, there is a foundation-hole ready with your name on it. So make sure you’ve got your pages ready, the donations flowing in, and your team’s volunteer day set up with our part-time volunteer coordinator – because we’ve got a house to build!

Women Build Weekend of Fun


This is 10 Kondolf Street – the site for our 2013 Women Build home!

Wow – we can’t believe the week is here! It’s Women Build Ground Breaking week – which means this Saturday (May 11th) starting at 11am at 10 Kondolf Street we’ll be digging the foundation for our 2013 Women Build house! Everyone is welcome to this event, even if you’re not on a team, so be sure to stop by and bring a camera.

But we also have two other events happening on May 11th in our Women Build honor by 2013 Women Build teams and supporters:

Spring Into a New You – 8:30am to Noon

Enjoy catered breakfast, education and support about areas of self care. Enjoy four breakout sessions in the areas of Fitness and Nutrition, Reiki, Skin Care, and Style Confidence, a keynote presentation, vendor shopping and information gathering, goodie bags and door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Build of Habitat for Humanity. Click here for more information and to register.

Tips for Flower City Habitat at Filling Station in Webster
Join Women Build volunteer and fundraiser Jennifer at Filling Station Pub and Grill in Webster. She’ll be waitressing/bar-tending on May 11th with all of her tips from Noon – 3pm going to the 2013 Women Build House by Flower City Habitat. We hope to see some of you there!

We have other fun Women Build events upcoming – and we’ll let you know all about them here at the blog along with progress pictures from the house building (after Saturday’s ground breaking). So be sure to check back here often to stay in the loop on Women Build 2013!