Front porch decking and interior drywall installed at 105 Holworthy Street (Fastrac / Bank of America / Women Build)
The Women Build Steering Committee braved the cold to work on the front porch decking and interior drywall at 105 Holworthy Street.
Fastrac, Bank of America, and Women Build have all contributed financially and with volunteer hours to make 105 Holworthy possible; but the Women Build teams have been volunteering multiple days every week throughout the build. Because of this dedicated volunteer force, 105 Holworthy is the furthest along of the four new homes being build on Holworthy Street!
Interested in volunteering with Women Build? Visit: www.rochesterhabitat.org/womenbuild
Pies and coffee to build homes
Each year, several of our volunteer-run supporting coalitions sell pies to build Habitat homes. Sweet deal right?
In addition to the well-known and delicious pies from Kelly's Farm Market; our pie champions are now also partnering with Special Touch Bakery and Coffee Connection to make our annual pie sale even more impactful!
Kelly's Farm Market (Hilton, NY) is a long-time partner of the Habitat pie sale. Pies are made from scratch with fruit grown on the farm and no preservatives.
Special Touch Bakery is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide training and employment, in the community, to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Coffee Connection is a nonprofit program and business that offers sober support and employment training/creation for women in recovery from addiction and trauma.
Treat your loved ones to delicious pie and coffee this holiday season while building homes, community, hope — and empowerment — in Rochester!
How to order:
These groups are all raising money to support Flower City Habitat's mission and vision. Now you can have your pie, your coffee – and build Habitat homes too! Order today!
Bob August honored as 2019 Outstanding Philanthropist
Last Friday we joined the AFP Genesee Valley in honoring local philanthropy, including a person very close to our mission.
At Flower City Habitat, Bob August is a regular "Hammer & Saw" construction volunteer, member of our Board of Directors, a generous donor, and so much more.
It was a joy to see his philanthropy work celebrated and to learn more about the other organizations he supports. Please help us congratulate Bob for the well deserved distinction of AFP's Outstanding Philanthropist of 2019!
From the RBJ:
While humble and quiet about his deeds, Robert W. August’s actions send a strong message about fulfilling one’s duty to help others when you can. He always takes the initiative to get things done and knows when to ask for help.
“While it is true that Bob carries out several community commitments,” Tom Hildebrandt of The Davenport-Hatch Foundation explained endorsing August’s nomination, “I have consistently seen that he manages to give high quality ‘time, talent, and treasure’ to each.”
August starts with causes that are near and dear to his heart and his family.
As a trustee of Hillside Family of Agencies Children’s Center, August leveraged his connections and advocacy to provide a lead gift towards the $1 million renovation of Camp Possibilities, a summer day camp serving 400.
August’s support of Hillside’s nationally recognized Work-Scholarship Connection also helps at-risk youth graduate from high school and continue their education or enter the workforce.
At Hope Hall School, which receives no state or school district funding, August’s efforts help fuel educational opportunities for students who struggle with learning challenges.
In addition to making 101 personal gifts to Hope Hall, August helped to raise $4 million to build the high school and hire the necessary teachers.
Eighty-seven percent of Hope Hall students live in poverty, so August cultivated support from the community to ensure the school can continue to give $400,000 in scholarships each year.
August has been a long-term and fully committed annual donor, board member, and faithful friend of Flower City Habitat for Humanity for over 16 years.
As an on-site volunteer, August worked alongside Habitat homebuyers, adding his sweat equity hours to theirs. The two houses he helped to build are now homes that promote revitalization and growth in their neighborhoods.
August saw the need for a box transport truck at the construction site and personally supported its purchase.
Habitat’s Vacant and Abandoned House Initiative began at the behest of the city of Rochester. August turned to the August Family Foundation for seed money to renovate a house on Parsells Avenue. Soon other private, foundation, and corporate donations followed, allowing for the renovation of six more houses.
August may not realize his influence, but he is a pacesetter that others follow.
“Bob is not bashful about sharing ideas for programs that could benefit from our mutual support,” said Hildebrandt. “A grant from the August Family Foundation is an incredible endorsement that other potential funders invariably take notice of.”
Habitat families graduate from Foodlink Cooking Matters program
Thanks to a sponsorship from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, 20 Flower City Habitat families were able to join volunteer culinary and nutrition experts to learn to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.
Learn more about the program at: https://foodlinkny.org/fight_hunger/cooking-matters
Habitat to be featured at "Busking For Change" fundraiser on Nov 6th
17 local government entities and MVP Health Care join Habitat for a day of service
Staff from MVP Health Care and the 17 government entities that make up the Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust, held a day of community service to help build multiple homes in conjunction with the Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Together, MVP and FLMHIT also donated $2,500 to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission and programs.
Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust (FLMHIT) was formed ten years ago under three guiding principles: having open access to health care providers, managing health care costs, and developing a wellness program for all employees within the consortium. FLMHIT originally started with nine members and has grown to a group of seventeen government entities including: the towns of Pittsford, Perinton, Penfield, Webster, Victor, Chili, Henrietta, Greece, Ogden, Brighton; the villages of Fairport, East Rochester, Bath; the cities of Geneva, Canandaigua; the Rochester Housing Authority and Monroe County Water Authority.
A wellness committee, which has representatives from each member organization in FLMHIT, partners with MVP health Care well-being strategists to develop and implement innovative consortium wide wellness programs for employees such as: walking challenges, weight management programs, wellness fairs, exercising, the importance of drinking eight to hydrate, and more.
The FLMHIT wellness committee recently expand their involvement within the community to a Volunteer Initiative Project and chose to select Habitat for Humanity for its inaugural day of community service. Both MVP and FLMHIT donated $1,000.00 each to support the effort and many individuals within the consortium also made donations.
“At MVP Health Care, we believe that social factors such as housing, have a substantial impact on a person’s overall health and well-being,” said Christopher Del Vecchio, MVP Health Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are so proud to be able to partner with FLMHIT and Habitat to Humanity to assist with building new homes in Rochester that will ultimately lead to a healthier community.”
“Wellness is an essential pillar of the FLMHIT Consortium’s mission,” said Supervisor Jack Marren, Chairman of FLMHIT. “As such, we are so proud to provide our members and their families the continued opportunity to participate well-being activities. Volunteerism is a unique way to engage with your surroundings in a social setting, which helps establish new relationships, new skills, a sense of purpose, and allows them to make an impact in your community. We thank MVP for their continued support for our wellness initiatives and we applaud Flower City Habitat for Humanity for their hard work and dedication to building a stronger Rochester.”
“We are truly gratified to be in partnership with MVP Health Care and the FLMHIT consortium. We know the impact of this build day on our homebuyers and their families will be a lasting one,” said Matthew J. Flanigan, CEO, Flower City Habitat for Humanity. “We look forward to continuing to work together to achieve our Mission of building homeownership, communities, and hope.”
Today we celebrated love in action, on Love Street!
Dozens of members of the Habitat Family: staff, board members, volunteers, donors, faith partners, city & town partners, and more joined together as we celebrated another Habitat home on Love Street. (1 of 8 Habitat homes on Love Street)
When Eudosia first applied for the Habitat homebuyer program, she explained that her preference for Habitat was in large part due to the financial and home maintenance education that is part of our program.
After furthering her own education, including teaching herself to read and write English as a young adult, she is now investing in her future through homeownership. Her goal is for this home to not only provide stability for herself, but also to be an asset to her young adult children.
The Brighton Churches Habitat Coalition has been building homes in partnership with Flower City Habitat for Humanity since 1998, when four Brighton pastors decided among themselves to launch the Coalition. The faith-based membership has grown considerably over the past 21 years to include ten pastoral communities.
The Bright Coalition now includes: Atonement Lutheran, Baptist Temple, Edgewood Free Methodist, First Baptist, St Damien of Molakai Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Anne Cluster Community, Peace of Christ, Saint Thomas Episcopal, Trinity Reformed, and Twelve Corners Presbyterian.
This year’s home on Love Street is the 7th Habitat home and first rehabilitation project sponsored by the Brighton Coalition, which previously built Habitat homes on Taylor Street (1999-2000), Rauber Street (2002), Love Street (2005), Orange Street (2008-2009), Orchard Street (2011-2012) and Brown Street (2014). The refurbished home being dedicated today is the second on Love Street sponsored by the Coalition.
Now entering a third decade of partnering with Flower City Habitat, the Brighton Churches Habitat Coalition is a prime example of our mission to put God’s love into action by bringing partners together to build homeownership, communities, and hope.
We were also honored to be joined by partners from the City of Rochester, Town of Brighton, and Town of Pittsford; represented by: Dana Miller, Rochester Director of Business Development & Chairman of Rochester Land Bank Corporation; Bill Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor; and Matthew O'Connor, Pittsford Town Council & Chair of Brighton Church Coalition.
All of these partners coming together - to lift our neighbors and ourselves - is how Habitat builds homes, community, and hope.
Learn how you can help build a home for yourself through our homeownership program or with your neighbor by volunteering or donating today.
6th Annual Global Build Week with Bank of America
Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity are kicking off the sixth Global Build in 108 communities, including here in Rochester!
Yesterday, our local branches brought 24 volunteers and a generous $20,000 donation to support the construction of 105 Holworthy Street, one of four new homes being built at the intersection of Holworthy & Dakota Streets.
Habitat and Bank of America have partnered for more than 30 years, with nearly $80 million in funding invested from the bank's charitable foundation and 40,000 volunteer hours from employees annually, ranging from board service to home build initiatives and financial literacy training.
Locally, Kristina Dengler, VP, Rochester Market Manager serves on our Board of Directors, and more local volunteers will be out on Holworthy Street again this afternoon!
This year is the largest Bank of America #GlobalBuild to date with nearly 2,800 #BofAVolunteers across 10 countries!
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