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Rainbow Build is a special, week-long initiative that brings together awareness of affordable housing programs in the community and education about how to advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTQA+) families currently living without decent housing.

Throughout the week (August 24th-August 28th) eighty-two volunteers, community supporters and family partners gathered to work together on two Habitat homes in Richfield. In addition to countless individual volunteers Rainbow Build hosted crews from Gay4Good, Hell’s Kitchen, Target, Thomson Reuters and Voya Financial during the week. 

Each build day was paired with conversations about barriers to affordable housing and an introduction to many of the advocacy programs working for LGBTQ families in the area. 

Habitat homebuilding sites are usually hives of activity. You’ll see volunteers on ladders installing roofs, using power saws to cut lumber, hoisting windows into place, or brushing on a coat of paint. All volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, but no one is required to do anything beyond their skills or comfort. Some, like Christy Unterschuetz, just “do what they can do.” In Christy’s case, that’s a lot. 

General_Mills_crewTwenty-five years ago General Mills sent out a team of employee volunteers to spend a week working on a homebuilding project with a still-young organization called Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. None of the volunteers really knew what to expect when they got to that first home site, but having a day out of the office and a chance to work with their hands was enough to motivate them to volunteer. Three of those original volunteers have continued volunteering for all 25 years General Mills has been a Habitat Partner.

A little financial wisdom goes a long way, and one of the wisest pieces of wisdom is to develop a budget and live within it. For most people that means listing their expenses and subtracting them from their income to see how much is left over for savings, investing, vacations, etc. When you have a paycheck, it’s a fairly simple process. But when you’re a nonprofit, like Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, it’s not so simple.

Breck School seniors spent two weeks in May on site with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. They spent one full week helping build a new home in Fridley, and a second week doing painting and repairs on an ABWK project in Minneapolis. For several of the group this was the second year in a row they’d spent their “May Program” volunteering with Habitat.

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.

With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22 nd, 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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