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AmeriCorps VISTA Position Available
27 January 2022
Habitat for Humanity of SW Montana is seeking a motivated candidate to join our organization in service as an Americorps VISTA member. Habitat has many exciting projects on the horizon including home builds in Butte, Whitehall, Anaconda and other locations in SW Montana. A VISTA member will be working on various organizational tasks primarily focused on volunteer recruitment, organization, and capacity building within Habitats programs. We are seeking a self motivated, mission driven individual, looking for an opportunity to serve southwest Montana communities by working with our housing team to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in the region. See more about the position and how to apply here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=81145 ...
Farewell to our VISTA
5 December 2021
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Shane Ellanson. For the last year I have been working at Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana as an AmeriCorps VISTA handling community outreach and volunteer coordinating. All of the blog posts, social media posts, and volunteer events that you have seen or been a part of I have produced or lent a hand to make possible. The last twelve months have been great but AmeriCorps terms only last for one year and it is time for me to move on to the next step in my professional career. Before I go, I wanted to reflect on my experience and thank a few people who helped me. When I joined the team here in Butte I was 22 years old and had just graduated college from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. I had no experience in the job that I was just brought in to do but my amazing supervisors Barbara Miller and Todd Hunkler gave me a chance because they liked the peace studies focus that I have on my Political Science degree and they believed in me. I hope that I have made you both proud of your decision to pick me as your VISTA for this year. Throughout my time here I have recruited/managed over 100 volunteers culminating into over 240 volunteer hours of work. I have helped to build partnerships in the community and met some amazing people that truly believe in the Habitat mission. Best of all, I have gotten to be a part of providing affordable, energy efficient housing to multiple low-income families in our community. Being a piece of that process has been the most rewarding thing that I have ever done, and I would encourage anyone reading this to get involved however you are able. This year-long experience has given me so much that I will never forget. For one, it was my first full-time job, which has been a learning experience in itself. But it has also taught me that many people just need a little nudge to get involved in an amazing cause, like affordable housing. I have enjoyed being that nudge for the last twelve months. Most importantly it has allowed me the opportunity to find a career in volunteer engagement that I love doing and like to think I am pretty good at. Volunteer engagement was never in the plan as I worked through college, but I couldn’t be happier that I have found it. Again, thank you to Todd and Barbara for giving me this amazing opportunity that helped me find a career that I am so passionate about. You two have truly changed my life! As December creeps up on us and the weather gets colder, I thought it was important to let the community know how amazing the whole team here at Habitat SWMT is and thank them for this amazing experience. Following my last day of work on December 6th, I will be heading back to Minnesota to begin working full-time with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul where I will get to continue doing this amazing work as an Engagement Associate. Thank you Barbara, Todd, Meagan, Shawn, Tracy, Beth, Maria, Arica, Nate, and everyone else who made this experience so enjoyable! It has truly been a privilege to get this opportunity and be able to work with you all, thank you! Also, thank you to the communities that I have been able to get to know and the volunteers that I have been able to work with. It has been great getting to know all of you and I appreciate your support of the Habitat mission....
3 December 2021
As we near the end of another year, it seems like a good time to look back at all that we accomplished in 2021. This past year was a year of growth for both our organization and access to affordable housing in our community. We were able to finish construction on six energy-efficient, affordable homes for low-income families in Southwest Montana with help from over 100 volunteers totaling almost 250 volunteer hours, we also completed the Fairmont-Hancock Neighborhood in Butte this year, and we converted our ReSale Store into an official Habitat ReStore. All of these accomplishments are proof of our growing impact in Southwest Montana and how much our efforts can be felt when we all work together to improve our community. The housing construction cycle that we finished earlier this year included four new homes in Butte, one in Whitehall, and our first ever home built in Anaconda. The beginning of our affordable housing construction in Anaconda has widened our service area to now include six counties! Three of the four homes we finished in Butte this year were also our final homes in our Fairmont-Hancock Neighborhood. This neighborhood consists of 18 Habitat homes that have been constructed over the last five years. Not only does the neighborhood provide more energy-efficient affordable housing to the Butte community, it also contributes considerable revenue to the tax base allowing Butte-Silver Bow to continue to grow. Another of our accomplishments in 2021 was upgrading our ReSale Store into an official Habitat ReStore! This is a big improvement for our Habitat affiliate as it will allow us to get more help with marketing. Included in the name change was a location change. The Habitat ReStore of Southwest Montana is now located at 640 S. Arizona St, Butte, MT. We have also expanded the store’s hours which can be found on the ReStore SWMT Facebook Page. Every purchase at the store helps fund the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana mission and so it is important that we continue to grow the store’s reach. Of course none of this work would have been possible without the contributions of our 100+ volunteers over the last year. Individual volunteers and groups who lent a helping hand together put in nearly 250 hours of work in 2021. Volunteers are at the center of what makes Habitat’s mission a reality. Not only does it speed up our home building process, but it helps to keep the cost of construction down for Habitat families. This year we had volunteers help with painting, landscaping, flooring, and helping to set up our new ReStore location! Thank you to everyone that came out to lend a hand, your impact has certainly been felt and the work you did is important! As we look forward to the new year we are excited at the opportunity to continue building homes in our six county service area. Our first build cycle of 2022, which has already begun, includes four new homes in Anaconda as well as homes in Butte and Whitehall. Our ReStore team is settled into their new spot and looking for volunteers to come out and help them make 640 S Arizona feel like home. If you are interested in volunteering individually, fill out our individual volunteer sign-up form. If you have a group of friends or co-workers that would like to volunteer together, sign-up using our group volunteer sign-up form. Thank you for reading our 2021 reflection and continuing to support Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. Happy holidays to everyone!...
Should I Donate this to the ReStore?
29 November 2021
Blog Posts / ReStore
What is the ReStore? Located at 640 S. Arizona St, our ReStore is an amazing store, open to the public, that accepts donations of new or slightly used building materials and home repair goods to resell them at huge discounts. All of the proceeds collected from the store go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana to help them to continue providing affordable housing to our community. Not only does the ReStore allow the community access to affordable building materials at a time where costs are extremely high, it also supports an amazing entity in Habitat for Humanity! So, the question becomes how can you help? There are three important ways that you can make a difference through the ReStore: volunteer at the ReStore, shop at the ReStore, and donate new or slightly used goods to the ReStore. What is the Store Always Looking for? There are a few goods that the store is always looking for because they are our top sellers and we can’t have enough of them. Most importantly is PAINT! It doesn’t matter the color of the paint or how much is left in the can, only that another person would be able to use it. Cabinets are another product that we always have a need for, preferably in complete sets. However, individual cabinets are always good as well. Solid exterior doors are another big seller for the store. We have a large selection of doors, but solid exterior doors are the ones that always go first. The store also loves to receive working appliances in good/great condition. Refrigerators and ranges are the two that we tend to move very quickly and love to see come in as donations. What won’t the Store Take? Most importantly all donations should be in working order with no missing hardware or broken parts, deep scratches, chips or cracks. We will be reselling these goods to the community and do not have the necessary time or staff power to make major repairs to donated products. Also, the store will not accept unframed glass or mirrors, water heaters, furnaces, heat pumps, plumbing fixtures that are not EPA compliant, clothes, used mattresses or box springs, cloth furniture, or ammunition/weapons. It is important to state that ReStore staff always have the right to refuse any donation, even if the donation appears to fit our donation criteria. The needs of the store are always changing and therefore our accepted donations are as well. Donate to the ReStore To schedule a donation drop-off you can call the store at (406)565-9382, this is preferred to make sure that your donation fits our criteria before you get to the store. It is also possible to simply visit the store at 640 S Arizona St. during business hours. The store is open Wed. – Fri. from 10 AM – 6 PM and Sat from 8 AM – 2 PM. Our ReStore staff are happy to provide a donation receipt for tax purposes following any qualifying donation. You can also sign-up to volunteer at the ReStore by filling out our individual volunteer sign-up form. Be sure to like the ReStore on Facebook to stay up to date on store events and sales. Thank you for reading and continuing to support Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana!...
How to Apply
22 November 2021
Blog Posts / Housing
As 2022 approaches you may be looking for a way to improve your family’s life. Consider applying for a Habitat home if your household income fits our income restrictions. We build affordable, energy-efficient homes in Southwest Montana across a six county region. Review the nationally acclaimed, award-winning housing plans created by our sister organization, National Affordable Housing Network (NAHN), to see which one would best fit your home. Our application process is quick and easy. You can stop by the office at 66 W Park St. during business hours to pick up your application or you can apply online. The online application will only take a few minutes and requires only basic contact and household information. Following the completion of the application, you will be contacted by one of our credit counselors to set up a housing credit counseling appointment. This is an important step, provided for free, in the process to make sure that you will be able to get approved for a low-interest mortgage through our funders at the USDA. If necessary, our credit counselors will provide you with advice on how to increase your credit score, reduce debt, or teach budgeting skills to get you approved for your low-income mortgage. If you would like to learn more about the Habitat process, please look over our Habitat Home Building Process page. Have no other questions? Great! Now that you know how to apply, click here to begin the application process. Also be sure to Like Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana on Facebook to stay up to date on our ongoing project and opportunities. Thank you for reading and supporting Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. We look forward to reviewing your application....
Prep for Winter
9 November 2021
Blog Posts / Housing
As we get closer to the beginning of winter, there are a few things we thought were important to remind homeowners to check. It is important to the health of your family and welfare of your home that you follow this list before winter starts. This short winter prep checklist will include three easy steps that can help make sure that your household has a safe and enjoyable winter. Winter Prep Steps First, get your furnace checked. This is the only item on this list that you will likely need to hire someone to do for you. Most contractors will do a general inspection for relatively cheap and it can save you a lot of money and headache to catch any issues with your furnace before it gets too bad. Montana winters can get really cold and an inspection will make sure that there are no signs that the furnace is going to give out or act up once you begin to run it regularly. Contractors can also check to make sure that the unit is running as efficiently as possible. This will help to keep your heating costs down through the cold months and save you a lot of money. Next, clean your gutters. This is one of the most monotonous chores to do around the house. However, cleaning your gutters will make sure they work properly as the snow thaws and melts off of your roof. Properly working gutters will help to stop lawn flooding and damage from the amount of water that may be falling in the same place if the gutters are clogged. If snow melt accumulates too close to your house it may also leak into your basement causing water damage. All of that can be avoided by taking an hour in the fall to make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, dirt, and anything else that may be blocking the passage. Finally, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house. We have all been taught the importance of these little machines. However, they can’t do their job if they aren’t working properly or have dead batteries. Testing your detectors may take as little as 5-10 mins and may save your life. Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a button on the front that says “test”, if you are unable to find this button refer to the owners manual or perform a quick search online to find out how to test your model. Get Involved By following these three simple steps you can make sure your family will stay warm and safe and you can protect your home from damage through the winter. Make sure to Like us on Facebook to read new blogs as they come out. To join the Habitat community, visit our “get involved” page and sign-up. Thank you for reading and continuing to support Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana....
Volunteer as a Group
3 November 2021
Blog Posts / ReStore / Volunteering
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is always looking for groups, organizations, and businesses in the community that would like to get involved with volunteering. All of our volunteers are appreciated and make a significant contribution to our mission. However, when we have a volunteer group that signs up together we are able to set up a volunteer event much more quickly. This translates to being able to procure more events each month. Overall volunteer groups allow us to make a larger impact in a shorter amount of time. We have ongoing construction projects that always need volunteers throughout our six county region. Construction volunteers usually help out with things like painting, landscaping, and flooring. The work depends on where we are at in our current construction cycle and so it is always changing. Alongside construction volunteers, we also are looking for volunteers to help out at our ReStore. Smaller groups are ideal for ReStore work. This is because the store itself gets easily crowded and difficult to work in with groups larger than five. Therefore, volunteer groups of 3-5 are perfect for helping at the ReStore. Regardless of how you decide to chip in, know that every volunteer makes a difference and helps us continue to provide affordable housing to our community! Get Involved Make a big impact in your community by signing up your group to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity SWMT today! Volunteer groups always enjoy their volunteer events with us, get to spend some time outside of the office together, and get some photos to use for their social media and websites. Use our group volunteer form to get signed up. If you would like to volunteer individually, fill out our individual volunteer form. Whether you decide to help with construction or in the ReStore, you are helping your neighbors and improving your community. Thank you for reading and thank you for continuing to support Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities. ...
Volunteering is Good for the Soul
25 October 2021
Blog Posts / Volunteering
Volunteering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana have many benefits for the community, but there are also multiple benefits for the individuals who volunteer! Volunteering is good for the soul. Every individual volunteer will find something exciting and rewarding about the opportunity to give back to their community through volunteering. After speaking with former volunteers, we found that three overarching themes seem to be a rejuvenated sense of community, boosted morale, and a newfound sense of purpose. Volunteering is Good for the Soul Volunteering is a special event that can truly change lives, not only for our partner-families but also for our volunteers. Habitat SWMT has built a community of staff, volunteers, board members, and many other community partners that we are always looking to grow through new volunteers. Being a part of our community allows volunteers to build friendships and make connections through Habitat. Especially in the wake of COVID, building relationships has never been more important to an individual’s mental health. We want to help build a strong community in Southwest Montana and would LOVE to have you be a part of that community. We have also noticed a boost in morale from our volunteers following their first event with us. Knowing that they are making a positive impact in their community lifts our volunteers spirits and gives them a new perspective. That moral boost also seems to be linked to a newfound sense of purpose. Many of our volunteers started with Habitat because they had free time that they wanted to use productively. After finding that with us, they tell us that they feel refreshed and excited about life. Helping people achieve affordable housing has given them a new purpose in their lives. Habitat SWMT is happy to offer the opportunity to anyone willing to lend a hand. Get involved today It’s as easy as filling out with our individual volunteer sign-up form or our group volunteer sign-up form. After signing up using the appropriate form, a Habitat staff member will reach out to you to set up a volunteer event. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date with new developments and public volunteer events. Thank you for reading and be sure to check back soon for new articles and announcements!...
MT Tech ASCE Volunteers
18 October 2021
We want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our seven volunteers who came over from the MT Tech American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on Saturday October, 16th. They were a massive help with getting four lawns seeded before winter has fully started. We planned their event to last for four hours, but they knocked out all of that work in just two and a half hours! They did some of our harder volunteer work by raking loose all of the dirt in those yards to get it ready for seeding and then raking them again to bury the seed. Although it was pretty taxing work they all did with a positive attitude, laughing and keeping good conversations. If you have a group that would like to make an impact like the volunteers from Tech’s ASCE chapter, fill out our group volunteer sign-up form. This group was a perfect example of how much of a positive impact a volunteer group can have in a small amount of time. Thank you again MT Tech ASCE volunteers. You were awesome, we hope to see you again soon! Thank you for reading. Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date with upcoming volunteer opportunities and community updates....
Involve Your Faith Community
13 October 2021
Blog Posts / Volunteering
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana welcomes all community members and organizations to volunteer with us! Today’s article is about one type of community organization that we are hoping to build a stronger relationship with: faith communities. Being a Christian organization, Habitat knows the power and selflessness of faith communities. They are often tight-knit, caring groups that work hard to give back to the community that they live in. For this reason we would like to get our local faith communities more involved with Habitat. We are calling on all faith communities in Southwest Montana to come out and join us on the work site or in our ReStore. Get a prayer group, bible study, or general congregation group together and help us improve the lives of others in our community. Everyone 16 years old and above are welcome to join our team in building homes for families in our area. We know that more people want to get involved than actually sign-up. Sometimes it just takes one person to start a conversation to get a volunteer group together. We are calling on YOU to start that conversation within your faith community. Put your faith into action today! No experience required to make an impact! If your faith community would like to help us make a difference, fill out our group sign-up form today. If you are struggling to get a group together, we will happily invite individuals out with our individual sign-up form. We have also just put together an article to answer questions about what volunteering with Habitat will look like, click here to give it a read. Thank you for reading, please give us a like on Facebook to stay up to date on where we are with projects and upcoming volunteer opportunities. ...
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