Crafting for a Cause
On Saturday, August 2nd from 9am to 12pm, the ReStore held its first ever craft fair. JP Marketing and iLoveToCreate, together with the ReStore, organized a morning of DIY craft stations that guests of all ages enjoyed. Materials were provided by iLoveToCreate and the ReStore, and the event was free to the public. Joan Cook, Volunteer and Family Service Coordinator for Habitat Fresno, reported that 30 new families came to the ReStore for the first time, making the craft fair a great success. If you missed this event, mark your calendars for late spring next year!
Join us for the annual breakfast
September is almost here and that means it’s time for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County’s annual Building Homes, Building Communities and Building Hope Breakfast. This year the breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 from 8am to 9am at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District at the corner of 4th and Hughes Streets in Old Town Clovis.
Since 2009, the breakfast has served as a chance for the community to learn about Habitat Fresno and our mission and celebrate our accomplishments over the past year, as well as raise money to help us do what we does best: build homes in partnership with deserving families. Last year, nearly $80,000 was raised for the cause and this year, we’re hoping to exceed that amount by $10,000. Table captain and table sponsorships are still available, so if you’d like to help us meet our goal, check out the sponsorship form. Click here for sponsorship form link.
Rock the Block
In addition to building homes in partnership with families in need, Habitat for Humanity also works to support the communities in which we build. During the week of July 7, Habitat Fresno organized Rock the Block, a community service event that provided teens from across the country with the opportunity to serve a neighborhood in need. We partnered with World Changers, Lowe’s, and Every Neighborhood Partnership to boost the curb appeal of a neighborhood in West Fresno near North Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Using a $50,000 donation from Lowe’s, more than 120 youth made minor repairs and painted the exterior of five homes and a neighborhood convenience store. The volunteers also retiled floors, repaired planter boxes, and planted flowers and starter plants in the community garden at the Mary Ella Brown Center. Once the work was complete, Cargill and DarPro hosted a barbeque for the youth, neighborhood residents, and staff members from the organizations involved.
Sabrina Kelley, Community Development Manager for Habitat Fresno, was pleased with the results and notes that projects like this help to boost the morale of a neighborhood, increase resident engagement, and build trust, which can be a difficult task. We hope the residents of the neighborhood enjoy the improvements!