Habitat's AmeriCorps Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to the 2016 Habitat AmeriCorps Member of the Year, Heather  Barony ! She was nominated for her excellent service as Family Services Coordinator with Sussex County Habitat, which has made an impact on partner families and her AmeriCorps peers during her year of service. She works very hard to support our partner families as they go through the process of becoming homeowners. Heather also serves on the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators Board and Programming Committees. Thank you Heather for all that you do for our partner families! ___________________________________________________________

AmeriCorps members have a continuing impact on Habitat affiliates and nonprofits throughout Delaware. Out of the 127 AmeriCorps alumni surveyed last year, more than 24% still serve with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In Delaware alone, 15 Habitat employees came from an AmeriCorps program: 
2 family services professionals, 1 ReStore manager, 8 ReStore professionals, and 4 construction supervisors.  In Wisconsin, 2 Alumni serve with Habitat affiliates as professional volunteer coordinators.  

 
In addition to Habitat, Delaware AmeriCorps alumni serve in professional positions with Delaware Food Bank, State Parks, Boys and Girls Clubs, Bike and Build, YMCA, and A.C.E. Resource Center (a service for homeless and drug addiction countermeasures).  

Those who move to for-profit businesses keep a commitment to service past their service year.  Capitol One Bank, Growmark, iStrategyLabs, Johnson Architect Firm, Smith and Pickel Construction all boast AmeriCorps Alum who have earned accolades for their firms for their continued commitment to give back to their local communities and through national organizations.

To learn more about how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps, call (302) 855-1153 x205 or e-mail nancy@sussexcountyhabitat.org.
M&T Bank Supports SCHFH

Mary Ann Leager of M&T Bank and a Board member for Sussex Habitat with Executive Director Kevin Gilmore
M&T Bank continues its generous support of Sussex County Habitat by sponsoring the construction of Habitat homes in Ellendale. Their most recent donation will go towards the construction of one single-family home in Ingram Village. With 7 homes successfully built and sold in Ingram Village, including one partially funded by a previous M&T grant, this project will continue the steady construction of affordable homes in Sussex County. 
 
M&T's support goes beyond donations, as several of their employees are actively involved with Sussex County Habitat. Mary Ann Leager, a Senior Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President at M&T Bank in Georgetown, serves on our Board of Directors.  Also, John and Nancy Terranova are very active volunteers supporting our special event fundraising and other events. Nancy is currently an M&T Project Governance Analyst in Milllsboro, while John is a retired M&T Vice President in Georgetown. 
Thank you volunteers!
This past Tuesday a group of German exchange students
spent the day volunteering at a site in Delmar, helping build the framing of one house and clearing debris from the surrounding area.  Delmarva  Christian High School families are hosting the German students for two weeks as part of a cultural exchange program.  


Prior to their day of volunteering, the group had a chance to visit Philadelphia- one student remarked how different the city's tall skyscrapers were from his hometown, located outside of Munich. The group also plans to tour Washington DC and New York City and enjoy a picnic at Trap Pond State Park before they return to Germany.  


Danke schön  for your hard work! 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites


Thank you to our community partners! 
Happy volunteers from St. Louis Parish HS!
Sussex County Habitat relies mightily on community partners that offer use of their facilities to house, feed, and entertain our out-of-town volunteer groups. Having great facilities to sleep, shower, and decompress is an important part of the volunteer experience, one that we know keeps our groups coming back year after year to serve with us.
 
This summer, we are grateful for our new partnership with the Seaford Community Swim Center, initiated when they recently hosted a youth group from St. Pius X High School, and Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences, who offered use of showers and locker rooms to students and chaperones from St. Louis Parish High School. With the increasing number of volunteer groups, we are thankful for renewed partnerships with the Sussex Family YMCA and Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach, St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church in Seaford, and St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in Laurel. Each organization helped host and care for volunteer youth groups that served with us in July.
Congratulations Terrez!
Congratulations to our partner,  Terrez Dorman! She recently settled on her Laurel home, making her the newest Sussex County Habitat Homeowner! We are proud of her hard work, and wish her and her family many years happiness and health in their new home.

David Petersen - SCHFH Board Secretary, Perrin Smith - Family Mentor,
 Terrez Dorman, Kevin Gilmore - SCHFH Executive Director, Kathy Goodman- Habitat Board President, Vince Robertson - Attorney with Griffin & Robertson

Career Opportunities
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Construction Site Supervisor with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  See job description for more details:

Upcoming Events
Join us on Labor Day Weekend to say farewell to summer at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral! All proceeds from this fun, family-friendly event benefit Sussex County Habitat. 

Spotlight On ... 
Kim Stockley
Kim Stockley  is the 2016 AmeriCorps Alumni of the Year. She served with Sussex County Habitat from 2010-2013 as Marketing and Design Coordinator.  Kim says her work at SCHFH was "some of the hardest work I've ever done, but so worth it. I know the people I worked with were the best and that they gave their all to make the world a better place."  She was nominated for Alumni of the Year for her continued dedication to National Service, including designing a  Service Year , a privately funded organization that encourages everyone to give a year of service during their lifetime.
 
Kim is now working as a Content Strategist with iStrategyLabs in Washington, DC and said her time at SCHFH helped her get there.  "My work in graphics at Habitat helped me build a portfolio and the brand recognition of the organization opened doors in my career that I could not have imagined," she said. 
Framing Fragments
Horsey Church Rd, Delmar
Delmar
Horsey Church Rd...Floor joist started on Lot 1. Walls continue on Lot 2.

Ellendale
616 and 620 South Lee...Front porch complete, drywall stocked.

Laurel
103 Greene Ave... Electrical rough wiring is being worked on this week. Drywall will begin next week. 
The Repair Report
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:
ReStore Sneak Peaks
Could your business use this professional-grade coffee machine? Several have been donated to the ReStore- call or stop by for more information.











 
Stop by the ReStore, located at  10 7 Depot Street  in Georgetown, to see what treasures  you  find!
 
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 visit: www.sussexcountyhabitat.org 
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