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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.

At this week's Habitat for Humanity International Conference, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity received a genuine honor: we were selected as one of 23 organizations recognized by Habitat for Humanity International as an “Affiliate of Distinction.” Out of over 1,300 Habitat affiliates nation-wide, Twin Cities Habitat is the only affiliate recognized from Minnesota, and one of only three affiliates recognized of comparable size.

We’re only a few weeks away from the biggest party of the year — Hard Hat & Black Tie, one of the premier Twin Cities galas! Here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re gearing up for this exceptional evening of raising resources for our work and sharing our mission with our guests. Every year the auction is a highlight of this fundraising event and this year is no different. With the help of numerous generous donors, we’ve gathered fabulous live and silent auction items. Check out this live auction preview of some of what we have in store so you can get ready to start bidding! You can also view our full silent auction catalog here.

Not attending the event but want to bid on a live auction item? Contact Bryanna Nagan via email or at 612-305-7108 to place a remote bid.

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