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.

Community Build Sleeping Giant Build’s “Paint the Night Away” Events: September 19, October 10, and November 14!

Have you always wanted to support Habitat for Humanity – but did not know how?  Here’s your chance! Sleeping Giant Build is hosting Paint the Night Away – a series of virtual paint nights – to raise funds for their 12th home. Via Zoom, a professional artist will guide you through painting your own masterpiece. Each night has a different theme: 9/19 – On the Trail; 10/10 – Home Sweet Home; 11/14 – Gorgeous Grapes.

Choose one, two, or all three nights. Enjoy a discount by registering for two or three nights – and provide even more support toward a very deserving family’s new home. Your registration fee includes supplies – that will be shipped directly to you.

Register today at bit.ly/SGBpaint. More information is at sleepinggiantbuild.org.

The first 40 paid registrations receive a $25 gift certificate donated by Viron Rondo Osteria – an amazing Italian restaurant in Cheshire, CT.

Independence Day Closures

In honor of Independence Day, our office will be closed on Friday, July 3. Our construction sites and the New Haven County ReStore will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Our normal operations will resume the following week. All of us here at Habitat wish you a safe and healthy Independence Day holiday.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities Available at the Build Site Beginning June 18!

Our staff has been planning and implementing new health and safety procedures on our build sites and we are ready to welcome back individual volunteers! Individual volunteer opportunities are now available on Thursdays and Friday beginning on June 18. As we move forward we may be able to open up more opportunities, but want to begin by slowly welcoming volunteers to return. We will be continuing to work on our new construction projects located at 2 Button Street and 91 Lamberton Street in New Haven. We expect both of these homes to be completed this summer.

Before registering for volunteer day in VolunteerUp, please review these new health and safety procedures so that you are prepared for the work that will be taking place on the build site: Welcome Back, Construction Volunteers!

If you have any questions about the new procedures or signing up to volunteer, please contact Allison Mangles at amangles@habitatgnh.org or (203) 785-0794 ext. 100.

New hours and procedures at the New Haven County ReStore!

Our ReStore, located at 286 South Colony Road in Wallingford, has re-opened and we are excited to see all of our customers back at the store! We missed you but have been busy redesigning the store and developing new protocols to keep everyone safe and healthy. We ask that you please read about our new procedures and review our hours to plan for your shopping.

New Hours:

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

New Procedures:

    • Everyone who enters the store must wear a face mask.
    • One way aisles with directional arrows have been set up to avoid congestion.
    • Only 12 individuals can be in the store at a time. If you arrive and the store is full, you will be asked to wait outside.
    • A distance of 6 feet should be kept between you and other customers or staff.
    • Please do not shop at the ReStore if you are not feeling well.
    • We currently cannot allow volunteers in the store, so no one is available to help you move items to your vehicle. If you are purchasing a large item or items, please make arrangements with a friend or family member to help you move it from the store.

A Few Reminders:

    • Donations cannot be dropped off at the store without approval. Please email restore@habitatgnh.org or text (203) 800-5517 with pictures of the items you would like to donate.
    • Once purchased, we can hold your item(s) for two days. Same day pick up is appreciated.
    • We cannot hold items that have not been paid for.

Thank you for your support of The Great Give!

Over 36 hours from 8:00 a.m. on May 5 to 8:00 p.m. on May 6, 91 donors made gifts totaling $7,515 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven! We cannot thank you enough for your generosity during this annual event, especially during this difficult time. All funds that were raised during the event will be used to complete the three homes that are currently under construction: 2 Button Street, 91 Lamberton Street, and 24 Glen Haven Road, all in New Haven. The three families who will be purchasing these homes were selected last fall and have already completed many of their 400 sweat equity hours. We are looking forward to being back on the build site to complete these homes with your support. Thank you!

POSTPONED: Home-Buyers Orientation Session

Our home-buyers orientation session originally scheduled for April 1 has been postponed until further notice. This decision was made with the health and safety of all applicants, staff members, and volunteers in mind. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

ION Bank Community Awards Program: Vote for Community Build Sleeping Giant Build

Our community build Sleeping Giant Build is participating in ION Bank’s Community Awards Program! The Community Awards Program gives each Ion Bank customer the opportunity to vote for their favorite non-profit organization to help the Ion Bank Foundation give away $60,000. Enrolled non-profits will receive a donation of $25 from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote for their organization. Funds raised for Sleeping Giant Build will go toward the construction of their 12th home.

It’s simple – vote for Sleeping Giant Build in one click! Voting will take place from February 1 through March 31, 2020. You must be an Ion Bank customer to vote. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one organization. Thank you for your support!