Community Build Sleeping Giant Build’s 8th Annual Chili Bowl: February 6

Determined not to be intercepted by the pandemic, community build Sleeping Giant Build is excited to present the 8th Annual Chili Bowl – Pandemic Edition.

Join us for a fun evening of food, music, trivia and chili cooking classes by champion chili chefs – on Zoom! All proceeds from the 8th Annual Chili Bowl – and the Online Silent Auction – will help fund our 12th Home and benefit Sleeping Giant Build’s mission to reduce poverty housing in the Greater New Haven area.

The Official Program:






*Food is prepared, packaged and refrigerated following applicable food safety guidelines. See (FAQs) for details.

**Watch your email for a team roster request.

Order Chili Bowl Packages at

The Complete Chili Bowl Package – $29 per person

  • Your choice of award-winning, tender prime rib or vegetarian chili created by the USS Chowder Pot’s Chef Peter Bencivengo, cornbread and dessert. Extra chili and cornbread – $8/pint
  • Plus, access to music, chili cooking classes and the trivia game

Chili Bowl Entertainment Package – $20 per person

  • Access to music, chili cooking classes and the trivia game

Silent Auction

The famous Chili Bowl Silent Auction will be online this year. You’ll find a tantalizing selection of items including gift cards and great merchandise, donated by our supporters, on our online auction site.

The Silent Auction opens on Friday, February 5 (9AM) and ends Sunday, February 7 (11PM).

The online auction site is easy to use. Access the auction at to browse the auction items – an account is not required to browse.

To bid:

  • Click “Login” at the top right of the 32auctions home page, then click on “Create an account now”
    • Note you’ll just need to supply your name and email address to create an account – no need to enter payment information until you win a bid at the end of the auction
  • Click on your selection. You’ll find a complete description. Check the description for delivery information
    • Enter the bid amount, then “Place My Bid”
    • You’ll receive an email confirming your bid. If you’re outbid, you’ll receive an email so you can bid again!
    • If you win the bid, you’ll receive an email with a link to your invoice.
      • Pay securely using PayPal or a major credit card



Chili Bowl Package Questions

Q: Where do I order tickets?

A: The ticket order site is Major credit cards are accepted.

Q: How do I order vegetarian chili?

A: When you purchase your ticket(s) at, you’ll see an option for vegetarian or meat chili.

Q: Can I order extra chili?

A: Yes! Guests can purchase extra chili ($8/pint, includes cornbread) along with the purchase of a Complete Chili Bowl package ticket. You’ll see the spot to order extra chili when you order your tickets at

Q: What food safety precautions have you taken to ensure that our chili and dessert is safe?

A: The chili and dessert have been packaged by commercial sources following current food safety guidelines. Chili will be refrigerated until you pick it up.

Event Questions

Q: Where do I find the Zoom link for the Chili Bowl?

A: You’ll receive an email with the link after you register for the Chili Bowl. If you don’t receive the link by Thursday, February 4, please email and let us know that you haven’t received the link.

Q: What’s the deal with the private Zoom rooms?

A: Private Zoom rooms are available if you’d like to hang out privately with your friends during the event. Note that if you’re in a private Zoom room, you won’t be able to hear the program (e.g., trivia game, music by Gary D).

Q: Can I move among events during the Chili Bowl?

A: Yes! Thanks to the magic of Zoom, you can move from music, to chili cooking classes, to a Zoom room to join your friends freely. We suggest that you stay in the main room during the trivia game.

Q: Do I have to play the trivia game?

A: No! If you prefer, you can hang out with your friends in a private Zoom room. Private Zoom rooms will be available during the entire event.

Q: Who do I contact if I’m having trouble logging onto Zoom during the Chili Bowl?

A: Email This email address will be monitored during the event.

Silent Auction Questions

Q: How can I access the Online Silent Auction?

A: Go to The auction opens at 9AM on Friday, February 5 and ends at 11PM on Sunday, February 7.

Q: How do I get the items I won at the end of the auction?

A: Some items will be mailed while others will be delivered (local delivery). Check the item description on the auction site for delivery details.

Q: How do I pay for the auction items I won?

A: You’ll receive an email from 32auctions with a link to the invoice page. The page will direct you to enter your method of payment (PayPal or a major credit card).


Q: I still have questions. Who should I contact?

A: Email us at

New Haven County ReStore Now Offering Gift Certificates

We are excited to announce that we now have gift certificates available at the New Haven County ReStore in Wallingford! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the ReStore during normal business hours. These make great gifts for any ReStore shoppers you know as well as anyone moving into or redecorating a home. Stop in today to stock up on gift certificates for upcoming birthdays and holidays.

Our Annual Appeal Letter Featuring the Lopez-Sandoval Family!

Each year we ask one family to share their story in our annual appeal letter. This year, homeowner Patty and her children welcomed us to their home to share how being a part of Habitat has changed their lives in the past year, and how it is helping them to prepare for the future. We hope you will read the appeal letter and make a donation in support of other families just like Patty’s. Thank you as always for your generosity!


ReStore Holiday Schedule

The holidays are quickly approaching! In order to give our ReStore staff the opportunity to spend time with their families, we will be operating on the following schedule:

Wednesday, November 25: Closing at 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 26: Closed

Thursday, December 24: Closed

Friday, December 25: Closed

Thursday, December 31: Closed

Friday, January 1: Closed

Our office and construction sites will be closed November 26 and 27, as well as December 24- January 1.

Happy holidays from all of us at Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven!

Holiday Magic Event to Benefit Community Build Sleeping Giant Build: December 5

Community build Habitat For Humanity Sleeping Giant Build has a new event coming up just in time for the holidays! 🎀🎁🧸☃️❄️ Join them on Saturday, December 5 to create a lovely holiday floral and greenery arrangement from the comfort of your home! A ticket includes all of the materials pictured from Bethany Florist and Gift Shoppe plus guided online instruction to help you create your arrangement. Tickets can be purchased at bit.lySGB/holiday by Friday, November 27 and all funds raised will go toward the group’s 12th home. We cannot wait to create with you!

“Paint the Night Away” Event to Benefit Community Build Sleeping Giant Build: November 14

Community build Sleeping Giant Build will be holding their last “Paint the Night Away” event on Saturday, November 14! This event’s them is “Gorgeous Grapes” and you can see from the sample picture that these grapes are all about the wine! Tickets to the event, which include paints and a canvas, are $40. A $25 gift card to Viron Rondo Osteria will also be sent to participants, while supplies last. There are 40 gift cards available so register early to receive yours. Questions about the event may be emailed to To purchase tickets, please visit

Pre-Applications for Habitat’s Homebuying Program Available October 1-15

***Requests for pre-applications have now closed. We will open up for pre-applications again in 2021.***

We are excited to announce that Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is now accepting pre-applications for our homebuying program! Anyone 18 years of age and older who would like to own a home is welcome to apply. We strongly encourage you to carefully review the information in the presentation below so that you understand the requirements of the homebuying program. Questions about program requirements can be emailed to Allison Mangles at We cannot help you to complete the pre-application but we can answer questions about the program.

84 Clifton Street, New Haven

Community Build Raise the Roof’s 6th Annual Gala of the Stars: November 13

We are excited to announce that community build Raise the Roof’s 2020 stars ⭐️ have aligned and they’re ready to dance! Raise the Roof is honored to introduce the stellar group who will dance in our sixth annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. Meet them here.
Watch for more information coming soon about how to reserve your FREE spot in the virtual audience and join the fun on November 13. We will see you there!

Labor Day Weekend Update

Our construction sites will be inactive on Saturday, September 5 in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Volunteer opportunities will resume at the build sites on Wednesday, September 9.

The ReStore will operate with normal business hours and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 6.

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 7.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven Awarded 4-Star Charity Rating for Third Year

We are thrilled to announce that Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven a 4-star rating for the third year in a row. This is the highest rating that can be earned and only 25% of organizations reviewed receive this rating for three consecutive years. According to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, the rating indicates, “that Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” We appreciate the hard work from our Board of Directors who helped to make this designation possible and we will continue to be accountable and transparent in our work in the years ahead. You are welcome to make a donation in honor of the organization’s achievement.