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Guest Blog by Val McGruder
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

 A definition of the word is simple:

 the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism”
 “a person's usual or preferred surroundings.”

While I knew that Habitat for Humanity built and sold homes to families in need of decent, affordable housing, I did not know much more about the process. The four walls provide shelter from the elements, and a safe refuge.   

Since late-August, three powerful hurricanes have rocked Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Responders are still measuring the devastation following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but cost estimates are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. I am encouraged by the outpouring of compassion and generosity in response to these disasters. As Habitat for Humanity has done before, we’ve launched disaster response efforts in the affected areas and developed a plan for the long recovery road ahead.

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Energy filled the ballroom at Tuesday’s Women of Habitat Hope Builders Luncheon. More than 400 guests gathered at the Hilton Minneapolis for good food, fun company, and a conversation about housing, economics, and the empowerment of women. The program featured Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity President/CEO, Sue Haigh, Habitat homeowner, Buffy Moore, and a panel discussion moderated by Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The fundraising luncheon—now in its 6th year—brought in a record $130,000+ to fund Twin Cities Habitat’s mission.

With little more than his truck, camper, and a well-stocked toolbelt, Darrell Gilmore (@H4Hnomad on Twitter) has an audacious goal: to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in every state within one year, making him the first to do so. And he’s well on his way. In fact, when we welcomed him to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this week, Minnesota became state number 36.

The weather could not have been better on Monday, August 7, when over 120 golfers and volunteers turned out for the annual Raise the Roof Golf Tournament at Minneapolis Golf Club. Now in its 22nd year, the tournament provides golfers a chance to play on Minneapolis Golf Club’s exclusive course, all while helping raise funds for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s important work.

We are thrilled to announce that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has received $247,108 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

This investment will support 26 AmeriCorps members total—22 at Twin Cities Habitat, and an additional 4 who will serve with other Habitat affiliates throughout Minnesota. AmeriCorps members in our program serve in three, six, or twelve-month positions. Without their dedicated service, Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country would struggle to meet the needs of their communities.

It’s safe to say that Cindy Vahle is a jack of all trades— from working as a flight attendant to coordinating Children’s Hospital Health Unit, her resume is extremely impressive. When the position for Intake Associate became available at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, there was no doubt she could handle the role.

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