When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 11 AM – 2 PM
Where: Habitat for Humanity ReStore (6280 Silver Creek Dr, Park City)
Cost: Clinic is free for all participants
Bring your broken appliances, electronics, bicycles,furniture or clothing that needs mending! You’ll be paired with a coach who can help you diagnose, fix or just understand your belongings a little better.
“Fix-It Clinics” are designed to empower participates to become better stewards of their material belongings. Participants can bring in broken items that they would like to learn how to repair, and will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with an experienced Repair Coach.
In addition, participants will learn how to navigate free DIY websites. Examples of acceptable items include clothing, small carpentry items, small appliances, bikes, and small electronics. All items must be able to be carried in to the clinic by the participant (no refrigerators, couches, etc.).
At this event, tools will be provided for use. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own tools in order to learn how to properly use them. Participants are also encouraged to dress appropriately for working on their selected broken item (such as safety glasses, gloves, closed toe shoes, work pants/shirts).
The Fix-It Clinic will be open for participation from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 14, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Participants will be helped in order of when they arrive, as well as based on when the best-suited coach is available. All ages are invited, but youth under age 12 must be accompanied by a legal guardian/parent.
Additional volunteers with expertise in various types of repair work are needed for the event. If you are interested in being a Repair Coach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the last few months, you may have noticed that the ReStore has been under construction. With the help of some dedicated volunteers, we remodeled the front cash register area. Keeping with our mission and values, we used reclaimed barnwood, ReStore Green Sheen paint, salvaged tin material and repurposed cabinets.
We also removed some walls at the back of the store to create additional floor space for us to provide even more affordable products for our community. Over the next couple weeks, we will be expanding our appliances and cabinets into this new space.
We could not have done this without our amazing volunteers who continue to help us year after year! Thank you, John, Tammy, Landon, Doug, Charlie and Michael, for donating your time to the ReStore.
For the past six weeks, 10 young adults who hailed from Arizona to New York volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties. As part of the AmeriCorps NCCC team, their goal is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Park City was the fourth and final stop for this particular NCCC team. They also spent time serving in Louisiana, Oregon and California. Their projects have ranged from FEMA flood and disaster relief, to preservation and restoration of native species in wild spaces. While they do not choose their destination cities, they have committed 10 months of their lives to selflessly helping others in the communities where they are sent.
Over the last six weeks the team worked more than 2,200 hours in the community! They worked on more than 6 projects ranging in scope from house maintenance and cleanup for an elderly disabled couple, to landscaping one of Habitat’s newest homes. They also had an opportunity to participate in some unique local events, including Park City’s 4th of July Parade, and spent some time on Park City Television’s Mountain Morning Show.
It has been a pleasure to have the AmeriCorps NCCC team work with us and we look forward to hosting another team next year!
LOCAL BUSINESSES RALLY TO COMPLETE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LANDSCAPING PROJECT
With the help of many amazing sponsors and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity’s newest homeowner now has a great yard where she and her twin boys can enjoy their summer days. While the construction of their home was completed in the winter, landscaping had to wait until the weather would cooperate.
Critical to the completion of the project were Park City Mountain Resorts’ Mountain Engineering and Response Center Team volunteers. Exemplifying Vail EpicPromise’s spirit of volunteerism, the group provided leadership and manpower to help with the project. Other local businesses including DRC Excavation, Wild Willies Yard Services, TriCity Nursery and Power Equipment Rental, generously donated materials and services needed for the project’s completion.
According to Shellie Barrus, Executive Director of Habitat, “We are thrilled to finish this final piece of the project, so our homeowners can fully enjoy the benefits of homeownership.”
Thank you to the following sponsors:
Last month, we wrapped up our second session of the intensive financial literacy course for women- “She Means Business.” The 8-week course was made possible by local female professionals who volunteered their time teaching about the financial topic in which they specialize- including Kathleen Barlow, Judy Hanley, Kasey Ring, Kristal Bowman Carter, Kammra Montgomery and Lindsey Powers. Participants learned about important financial concepts like budgeting, saving, credit, planning for retirement, mortgages and home-buying.
Kathleen Barlow, a Financial Advisor with Raymond James, co-developed the program with Habitat staff in response to the disproportionate poverty levels in single women, especially single parents and elderly. Executive Director, Shellie Barrus explains, “When we examined the census results, we realized that a surprising number of women in our community were being thrown into poverty when their lives took an unforeseen turn, whether it was a divorce or the death of a partner. It was such a diversion from the general perception around wealth in our area. Our goal is to teach women to plan and prepare for any situation.”
The results from our first session were tremendous, and we anticipate the same from the most recent session. Four months after completion, 100% of our first session participants reported the following:
- Improved knowledge about budgeting, saving and investing;
- Better understanding of mortgages and the home buying process;
- Improved knowledge about planning for retirement;
- Increased access to tools and resources for improving financial health.
Additionally, three of our first nine participants have since purchased homes- all are single, and two are also parents of small children. Two of the purchases were traditional sales, and one was an affordable Habitat home.
The improved knowledge and skills result in changes beyond the individual students, and can benefit their families for generations. Lindsey Powers, a Branch Manager for America First Credit Union in Park City, says “As a volunteer, I have seen first-hand the impact of Habitat’s education and advocacy work.” It is easy to see how financial stability can result in improved health, education and wealth outcomes. We look forward to continuing to grow this program, and making a deep and lasting impact on the hard-working women in our community.