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Women Build Week
22 February 2021
Blog Posts / Volunteering
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana would like to invite women in the community to join us for International Women Build Week on March 8-15. Women Build Week is an initiative promoted by Habitat for Humanity every year to help get more women involved in our construction projects and learn helpful skills related to building and repairing. Many of the homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana are headed by women. We believe that it would be very impactful to have more women involved in the construction process to build homes. Although this initiative is mainly targeted at construction volunteering, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is always looking for volunteers in many roles: resale store assistance, office administration, and community outreach. If you are interested in volunteering with our affiliate please fill out our volunteer form: https://forms.gle/5Bi5cpSyfBCv4dDP9. If you have any questions about this event or other volunteer opportunities please contact Shane at email@example.com. Update: As part of our Women Build Week, we encourage women to come help volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana in many roles from March 8-15. More specifically we will be hosting Women Build Construction Events on the evening of Wednesday, March 10th and all day Saturday, March 13th. If you want to participate in Women Build week, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5Bi5cpSyfBCv4dDP9....
Sweat Equity and Subsidies NOT FREE – The Habitat Home Process
12 February 2021
Blog Posts / Housing
There are a few misconceptions about the process by which Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana provides affordable housing to Montanans. This is the first of a series of weekly blogs to clarify some common misunderstandings. This week, we will discuss the misconceived notion that Habitat for Humanity provides homes for free to participating families Habitat families. While often our programs are able to assist families with subsidies to the cost of a new home, all homes in Habitat of SW Montana’s programs come with a mortgage for the participant home owners. Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana works closely with National Affordable Housing Network (NAHN) to make sure that our prospective families qualify for our assistance and then perform credit counseling services to get them approved for a mortgage to pay for the construction of their new home. The amazing credit counselors at NAHN work with these families to raise their credit score and improve their budgeting skill to make them ready and able to own a home. The houseplans used by Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana, created by NAHN, are specifically designed to be affordable at the time of construction and energy-efficient to keep long-term utility costs down. Alongside, the affordable housing plan, Habitat for Humanity runs a mutual self-help housing program to further reduce the cost. This system essentially brings together multiple families that are interested in constructing new houses to help each other build their homes in order to reduce initial expenses. A sizable portion of housing construction costs comes from the labor that is involved in the build. Between our Habitat families dedicating their time and our amazing volunteers from the community helping their neighbors, we are able to provide safe and modern housing for families in Southwest Montana. If you would like to see if you qualify for a Habitat Home please check out our website at http://www.habitatswmt.org/homeownership/. If you would like to volunteer to help us build these homes or work in our Resale Store please Sign Up Here. Please contact Shane with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (406) 782-8579....
COVID-Conscious Volunteer Event: February 13th
29 January 2021
Blog Posts / Volunteering
Habitat for Humanity needs your help with construction! No experience required, training will be provided on site! In order to keep people socially distanced and safe at our site, we will be rotating volunteers in pods of 2-4 people for three hour shifts throughout the day. Habitat for Humanity is planning a volunteer event for construction assistance on our partner families’ new homes. On Saturday, February 13th Habitat will be welcoming in volunteers from the community to help with painting or hanging sheetrock at one of our construction sites in Butte. If you have some spare time and would like to help improve the lives of your neighbors in Southwest Montana please consider lending a hand. Please click this link to fill out our volunteer interest form if you are wiling to help or contact Shane at email@example.com with any questions. We are planning to have a number of volunteer events over the next couple of months. If you are not available on February 13th, but you are interested in helping bring affordable housing to Southwest Montana, please fill out our volunteer interest form here: https://forms.gle/6V6VVFbLVkJSqaF26...
Habitat for Humanity of SW Montana is Proud to Announce Addition of a New Americorp VISTA Member
18 January 2021
Habitat for Humanity of SW Montana is proud to introduce Shane Ellanson as the newest addition to our team. He will be serving a one year term of service with Habitat as an Americorps VISTA member focusing on volunteer recruitment, community organizing and capacity building. Shane, originally from Southern Minnesota, moved to Butte in December after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Political Science. He is an avid sports fan and history junkie. During his free time he enjoys reading political history and watching the Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves lose consistently. He looks forward to getting to know members of the community and welcoming more people to the Habitat family. Please click here to get in touch with Shane about volunteering with Habitat and help us welcome him to Montana!...
Updated ReSale Store Hours!
8 October 2020
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is excited to announce the ReSale Store, located at 821 S. Arizona, has new hours for shopping and donation drop offs. The new hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00- 5:00, and Saturdays from 12:00-4:00. The ReSale Store has a wide variety of home and construction materials, such as doors, windows, appliances, flooring, and much more. All priced at a fraction of what you would pay new. All materials have been donated by others in our community. Considering donating? We accept donations during business hours or call 406-782-8579 to arrange drop offs outside of business hours. Donating is a great way to help others in our community, and keep good usable materials out of landfills. ALL PURCHASES GO TO HELPING BUTTE AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA!...
Habitat for Humanity is looking for your help!
9 March 2018
People of all walks of life experience the power of partnership when they join with Habitat for Humanity to build, repair, or advocate for better homes for all. We would like to extend this opportunity to you to partner with us. In 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana celebrates 25th year of partnership in Southwest Montana. During this time, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana has partnered with hundreds of community members to build 72 homes in four communities: Butte, Whitehall, Boulder, and Dillon. An average of three homes per year. To continue our work partnering with homeowners with disabilities we need your help in raising $100,000 – the cost of a single home .Your dollars will stay in the community to buy land, materials, needed contracted services, and finishes for a home. The final cost of a home includes another $25,000-$30,000 in sweat equity and volunteer time. The home will contribute to our communities for decades to come. In Southwest Montana, literally hundreds of families need this partnership with Habitat for Humanity that coordinates home construction, support for housing counseling, emergency repair, and painting programs to help homeowners and build neighborhoods. Communities need the investment that comes from these partnerships, and neighbors need to feel the satisfaction of rolling up their sleeves to make change a reality for families that gain independence through a permanent home. Partner families experience a home that results in greater stability, strength and confidence to live a better life. Over time, these partnerships help rebuild neighborhoods and communities, adding to the tax base, and helping everyone, particularly children who grow up in a place they can be proud of. These safe, decent, and affordable homes have transformed lives for the better – both the lives of the homeowners and the lives of the volunteers and staff who have worked to help them reach their dreams of homeownership. We use hammers, nails and boards to build hope with families who want to help themselves, while building community. Thank you for considering an urgently needed tax-deductible contribution to help us reach our goal of helping more Montanans to build their own homes through sweat equity and hard work. For updates and details about our work, and other ways you can help support our mission by volunteering to help us build or by shopping at our ReSale Warehouse store in Butte, Montana visit facebook.com/habitatswmt...
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION STATED FOR THIS FRIDAY AT BUTTE COURTHOUSE.
8 March 2018
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana (Habitat SWMT) is celebrating 25 years of advocacy and “love in action” with a proclamation to be read in the Rotunda at the Butte Silver Bow courthouse on Friday, March 9th at 3 p.m., followed by a public reception across the street at the Carpenters Union Hall. The event will include remarks by Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive, Dave Palmer and will serve as the kick-off event for Habitat for Humanity’s “year of action,” or the organization’s upcoming schedule of volunteer and fundraising events Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is an award-winning affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia. The couple were the first to introduce the concept of “partnership housing” which paved the way for those in need of adequate shelter to work side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable homes. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned through charitable donations, corporate sponsorships. Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana was founded March 17, 1993 and has since partnered with more than 40 organizations who sponsored 86 families, who contributed more than 100,000 hours of volunteer labor with this result: 72 homes created 14 homes repaired $7.3 million in investments in neighborhoods through new construction Resulting in more than $500,000 in taxes paid to the local governments by partner families to Southwest Montana Communities, including Butte. Partnerships helped more than 82 children have decent, reliable housing Partnerships with more than 32 disabled heads of households Investments in eight neighborhoods – Five Butte neighborhoods and three in other communities in Southwest Montana At 25, the organization will be gathering together to celebrate these accomplishments and milestones but time for celebration and action. “There is still much to be done to provide decent and safe housing in partnership with families, who have worked hard to invest sweat equity in our communities,” said Barbara Miller The organization will continue to announce upcoming opportunities to support this momentum through volunteerism and philanthropy, with a goal of raising $4,000 for every year of the first 25 years of Habitat for Humanity of SWMT or $100,000. www.gofundme.com/hfhswmt25 The funds will help Habitat keep partnering with families with disabled adults, and to launch our 2018 building season to partner with 10 more families in Southwest Montana! In addition to Friday’s proclamation event, Habitat will be hosting a volunteer day at its ReSale Warehouse at 821 S. Arizona. The event begins at 10 a.m. and volunteers may participate in a variety of projects, that range from one-to-two hour projects. The ReSale store is a critical local resource for affordable building materials for local home improvement and preservation projects. For information or to RSVP, text to 565-9382...
The ReStore is moving & your help is needed!
8 August 2016
ReStore / Volunteering
Big changes are coming to the Butte ReStore and we couldn’t be more excited about it. The first step is to move everything from the old space to the new one. We are looking for volunteers that are happy to do some packing, lifting, and organizing for any amount of time during the day on Fridays beginning (8/12). Please call Meghan at 782-8579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. This is just the first step to open the new ReStore. There will be many long term volunteer positions coming up to help run the store, so stay tuned if this isn’t right for you or you can’t make it!...
5 Days 64 Volunteers 427 Hours
21 June 2016
The excitement is building along Hancock St in Butte! Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana hosted the 2016 BuildAThon in early June. The BuildAThon was a marathon five days of community volunteers working alongside the homeowners to help them get a jump start on construction. This year’s event was a huge success! In five days 64 volunteers came out to lend a hand and collectively contributed 427 hours of their time. Because of this huge outpouring of generosity a ton of progress was made on the homes. Siding was hung, walls and trim were painted, soffits were installed, sheetrock was unloaded and hung. The event wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the planting of two trees in memory of the late Mike Nutter, Habitat’s 15 year Board President who passed away unexpectedly this past December. The Habitat staff and the homeowners were blown away by the turnout and everyone here would like to extend a huge thank you to the community and to remind everyone that participated (as well as those that couldn’t make it) that you are welcome back. Special thanks to the local businesses that donated food to keep the volunteers fed and happy: Subway, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Silver Bow Pizza and to the organizations that came out in force: Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council, Fountainhead Coworking, MEPS, MT Tech, and AmeriCorps NCCC! The BuildAThon is the kick start to the volunteer building season, and these homes are just the first in a series to be built on Hancock, so please, if you haven’t already, be sure to send us your e-mail address here to stay informed....
19 May 2016
Habitat invites the community to be a part of the 2016 BuildAThon June 8th to 12th, five days of volunteers and homeowners coming together to push to complete eight new homes on Hancock St in Butte. From 10am to 8pm, June 8-10 and 10am to 4pm June 11 & 12 Habitat is calling on the community to lend a hand to sign up for a shift here so we can keep the progress going non-stop! We invite individuals, clubs, businesses, organizations, faith groups, anyone willing to lend a hand to come out for a day or more! All skill levels are welcome, all we ask for is a willingness to learn and work hard. Adults only, please. The week will culminate on Sunday afternoon with a ceremony in celebration of our late Board Chair Mike Nutter’s many years of service and dedication to Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. To volunteer during the BuildAThon To receive regular volunteer updates ...
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