Building Community Blog

By Daniel Chang
Habitat for Humanity at the University of Minnesota


Act! Speak! Build! Week is one of the biggest weeks of the year for our chapter at the University of Minnesota. We organize all kinds of events including a build, a ticket fundraiser to see a Minnesota Twins game, and a campus-wide 5K! Our aim is to create awareness of homelessness in Minnesota and give students the opportunity to support affordable housing in fun and exciting ways! Our chapter was even recognized by the national ASBW with our Luminaria pictures, and on the Habitat Youth Leadership Conference page for our build with Representative Kahn! Here is a breakdown of the week:

By Anne Meyers-Welsch
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

This past National Volunteer Week  marked the 12th anniversary of River Hills United Methodist Church volunteering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this past week they brought out full crews to the panel plant to build wall frames for our summer builds. The crews were led by Emma Melin, Deacon of Confirmation & Nurture Ministries, and Kurt Triebenbach, Volunteer Worship Leader. (Photo: Volunteers from River Hills United Methodist Church with Panel Plant Supervisor Mike Ellison on Friday, April 17th.)

It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to become a Master Gardener in Minnesota. That’s why Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has partnered with them to design and help plant landscaping in every home we build in the Twin Cities. These gardeners undergo 48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of continuing education, and donate 50 hours of volunteer time their first year to become Certified Master Gardeners.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity home dedications are filled with joy, excitement, and several traditions to recognize the accomplishments of homebuyers and the support of volunteers and sponsors. One special tradition is the presentation of a framed plaque titled “The Golden Rule is Universal.” We give this gift to each family to honor the diversity in our world and to recognize the ubiquity of this guiding principle.

By Mike Robertson and Lan Freitag
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

Bill was using a floor drain in his basement as a toilet because his bathroom floor was caving in due to a plumbing leak.  Mary had lived without hot water for two years because her water heater had failed and she didn’t have the money to replace it. Steve and his kids had toilet water dripping into their living room from a leaking upstairs bathroom.

With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd, it’s a good time to take a look at how the ReStore can help make you an environmental superstar, help children get the homes they need to thrive, and save you a bunch of money in the process. Here are ten reasons why donating to, or shopping at, the ReStore makes good green sense.
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