Signing Ceremonies
Shalonda with Kevin
We welcomed two new partner families. Shalonda works as a CNA. She and her 11 year old daughter currently reside in Dagsboro. During the signing ceremony, we pledged to do all we can to help her fulfill the requirements for Habitat homeownership which include completing the Partner Family curriculum, saving for closing costs, and putting in hundreds of hours of sweat equity. Congratulations, Shalonda! We look forward to working with you.
Auntonette with Kevin
Congratulations also to our new partner, Auntonette! Auntonette is a retiree who currently resides in Seaford with her 14 year old son. She loves to sing and cook! We look forward to getting to know her more as she fulfills the program requirements while serving in our ReStore and Home Offices.

Please welcome both these families when you see them.
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Events

National Service Recognition Proclamation
Above Sussex County Council President,  Michael H. Vincent , presents a Proclamation to Sussex County AmeriCorps service members serving with Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America along with representatives from the DE State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.  The Sussex County Council  proclaimed April 5, 2016 National Service Recognition Day. Thanks, AmeriCorps. #CNCS #AmeriCorpsGetsItDone #Teach4America
Life After AmeriCorps Conference
Nancy and Brooke
The Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service and the State Office of Volunteerism hosted AmeriCorps members from the entire State of DE at the Life After AmeriCorps Conference held in New Castle, DE. Attendees from the various AmeriCorps programs such as VISTA, Teach for America, Senior Corps, and Public Allies were able to exchange information about the programs and services where they serve, the career and education opportunities that await them after their term(s) of service, and post-service travel opportunities. 

Sussex County Habitat's Programs Manager, Nancy Greene, announced that Miss Delaware, Brooke Mitchell, who chose to highlight volunteerism as her platform, will be serving with AmeriCorps at Sussex County Habitat after her reign is over in June. Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, hosted a Career Panel Luncheon during which panel members shared the unique career paths they took after their AmeriCorps service. Two SCHFH AmeriCorps Alumni participated in the panel as well,  Kim Stockley of  iStrategyLabs and Tyler Fitzgerald of Capital One.
Thank You
Catholic University
Students from Catholic University cleared Habitat lots on Kimmie Street in Georgetown and framed a Belle Avenue home in Laurel. Despite some weather challenges, the AmeriCorps team and Catholic University students - many who have served with us in the past - continued on with smiles and joy. These remarkable students also brought us a generous donation and pledged to be back to serve with us again during next year's challenge. Thanks, everyone! #GoCatholicU  #AmeriCorpsGetsItDone   
#HabitatYouthRocks  #CollegiateChallenge2016 
Catholic University
Kathy Benson with Kevin Gilmore
Thank you to Delaware Resorts Home Expo . The 19th annual expo was  held at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes on April 9th and 10th, and  again benefited Sussex County Habitat. There were  indoor and outdoor exhibitors, promotional gifts and prizes, and food vendor trucks including Taco Reho and Po' Boys Cajun and Creole to Geaux. Representatives from many of the area's top realtors, builders, developers, financial institutions, and home service firms were present to showcase an array of home products and services. A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to help Habitat continue its mission to build homes, communities, and hope. Special thanks also to the Sussex County Habitat ReStore Team for their coordination efforts and participation in this event. 
A Touch of Italy  is proudly building a home in Ellendale's Ingram Village subdivision. Staff from the local restaurant group's Rehoboth Beach and Lewes locations volunteered to help take the home from framing through drywall, giving Sussex County Habitat significant time and resources. Habitat staff, AmeriCorps members, and other volunteers had previously laid the foundation for this home and will finish the house after  A Touch of Italy's  term of service is complete. We appreciate everyone who is helping to make this special build happen for our future homeowner, Kashanna.     
     
Thanks to the off-centered folks from  Dogfish Head!  They g enerously closed their brewery and restaurants for the day so that their 256 employees could volunteer at the  7th Annual Benevolence Day on April 11. This year they formed five teams to build with Habitat in the Ingram Village subdivision in Ellendale and helped to kick-off National Volunteer Week. 

Under Habitat and AmeriCorps leadership, Dogfish Head volunteers completed roof and wall sheathing and began blue boarding on a home that is also being worked on by A Touch of Italy volunteers. Two homes that already had their foundations ready to go were framed and sheathed, making them ready for roof trusses. Volunteers framed two additional homes. The frames were stored by AmeriCorps until the houses' foundations are complete. The teams also each built a shed to be placed on each of the five home sites. 

Great job, Dogfish Head! You made a huge difference for five future Habitat homeowners and we so appreciate it!
Kevin Prays at Opening Circle
Getting Started
Framing, Roofing,
Sheathing and Blueboarding
Blue Team Closing Circle
Thanks to Bin 66 for once again hosting the annual Walt Jones Memorial Project Win e Tasting  on Sunday, April 17th benefiting SCHFH. Guests enjoyed appetizers generously donated by Nage and had the opportunity to sample five different wines. Many participated in a wine raffle and took a chance on a summer tour of golf which will allow the winner to play some of the areas finest golf courses. Kathy Sperl-Bell was the lucky winner of a magnum of wine! Bin 66 was kind enough to offer guests 10% off their wine purchases and to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event  to Habitat.

Kathy Sperl-Bell
Won the Raffle

John Terranova
Sold Raffle Tickets

Guests Enjoyed Mingling,
 Wine, and Appetizers
Board Member Kathy Goodman
Brought Her Sister & Mom
Women's Scholarship Opportunity
The Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is currently accepting applications through May 15. The scholarship is designed to aid women who have interrupted their education for various reasons and who now seek to return to their studies. To see if you qualify or to complete an application, please visit:
Help Wanted
Come and serve with Habitat.
Join a team that builds homes, communities, and hope!

Responsible to create and maintain accounting records using QuickBooks, establish and direct general office procedures, as well as lead and supervise volunteers. Reporting to our Finance and Administration Manager, this is a full time salaried position with benefits at the Habitat Office in Georgetown. Please see the full job description on our website.
 
Charged with recruiting community volunteers to support Sussex County Habitat for Humanity's programs and developing leadership for increased community impact, this is a FT salaried position with benefits reporting to our Programs Manager. Please review the full job description on our website.

We are looking for Skilled Construction Volunteers who can serve with us by leading other volunteers of all skill levels on our build sites.

Crew Leader : Lead volunteers to complete a specific task on a build site. One day minimum commitment.

Site Leader : Lead volunteers for an entire week on a particular site. 

Site Supervisor Loan Program : If you own a construction company, please consider loaning a skilled site supervisor to help us run a site for a week during one of our busiest volunteer seasons.

For more information on these and other construction volunteer opportunities, please contact Jeff Niethammer, Construction Manager, at 302-265-5968 or jeff@sussexcountyhabitat.org
Donation and Sponsorship Opportunities
We are in need of a reliable work vehicle for use by our construction crew. If you are able to donate a new or late model pick-up truck, please contact our Development Director, Jay Gundy, at 302-855-1153 x210.

We are in need of donated items for our upcoming auction on May 12 at Bethany Blues. Suggestions include; gift certificates for local restaurants, hotels, spas, golf courses, fitness centers, etc. Baskets of cheer, cheese, fruit, chocolate or other delectable treats are most welcome too. 

To sponsor a hole or a tee during the Walt Jones Memorial Project Golf Outing at Midway Par 3, please contact Affiliate Relations at ar@sussexcountyhabitat.org or call 302-855-1153 x209. The cost is $150 and entitles the sponsor to place their company name or logo at the hole or tee as well as on the commemorative t-shirts to be handed out on May 13th.
Golfer's Tour Raffle
Take a chance on a summer Tour of Golf valued at $2,500 for just    $20!  Tickets are available at the office and at most Habitat events through June 11th. For tickets you can also  contact Affiliate Relations at ar@sussexcountyhabitat.org or call 302-855-1153 x209.  The winner will be chosen at the annual SCHFH picnic.


Spotlight On ... 
Terry High
Terry High is a fairly recent addition to the SCHFH "Regulars" Construction Team.  Although she hasn't served the 10-20 years that many members of that team have, she has been a steady presence on SCHFH build sites. 

Terry stepped up and accepted site leadership responsibility during this year's uniquely busy Collegiate Challenge season.  Filling a much-needed spot on the build site and leading dozens of eager alternate spring break participants, Terry taught, lead, and inspired the next generation of Habitat volunteers.

Terry has also accepted site leadership for this year's Women Build project.  If you haven't already met her, come out  April 30-May 7 and introduce yourself to a not-so-new volunteer who is taking SCHFH to the next level by accepting new site leadership challenges.

Thanks Terry, for your time, talents, and leadership!
Framing Fragments
Seaford
323 3rd Street
Insulation, air seal, and drywall this week
110 N. Conwell Street
Sidewalks and driveways this week
611 South Lee 
Interior walls begun
616 South Lee 
Ready for trusses
Shed continues
617 South Lee 
Shed continues
619 South Lee 
Shed continues
620 South Lee 
Ready for trusses
Shed continues

Laurel
623 Belle Avenue
Walls begun
1108 West 6th Stree
Rehab work to begin next week

Georgetown
206 Academy Road
Rehab of picnic tables
Need a Home Repair?
Our Repair Crew recently repaired and painted this access ramp for a qualified homeowner in Frankford. If you are a homeowner in Sussex County and would like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs program, please  call the Repair Team at 302-855-1153 x214 or visit www.sussexcountyhabitat.org. We'd like to help you stay in your home if possible.
ReStore Donations
Do you have usable items for donation to our ReStore? Do you have questions about what we accept or need a larger item picked up? If so, please call our donation line at 302-855-1156 x 200 or e-mail restore@sussexcountyhabitat.org.
Inspiration
"The Best Way to Find Yourself is to Lose Yourself in Service to Others."
-Ghandi

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