Welcome 2020!

I'm Betsy Powers, and I recently started as Resource Development Director for Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay. As I read the newspaper this morning, seeing the Governor's urgent words on providing more affordable housing in our state put my work at Habitat into greater perspective. We wouldn't be here without the help, expertise, and enthusiasm of our supporters. Whether you are a long-time or occasional volunteer, monthly donor, or just interested in pressing issues for Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, I want to thank you for being a partner with us as we navigate, step by step, through the processes, regulations, and yes, fun of building a home.

I hope this newsletter gives you a bite-sized portion of the impact of supporters like you on Habitat's recent programs, and that you will be inspired to be even more involved in providing hope and stability to a family in our community. Thank you!
Progress on 10 Los Esteros Court
With a projected completion time of mid-March, construction is going well at #10 Los Esteros Court, our first veteran build. The sheet-rock inside the house is complete and our volunteers are currently working on taping and texturing of the walls. Our next steps will be hanging doors, putting up kitchen cabinets, and tiling the bathrooms. There is also outdoor work on the driveway and then landscaping to finish this home and get it ready for its new owners ! Your contribution today, large or small, will help us finish this home as soon as possible.
Lowe's International Women Build 2020
We invite you to participate in International Women Build Week, and volunteer with us March 4 - March 7. This event, in partnership with Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity International, leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8, will unite thousands of women, globally, in creating affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. Click here to sign up for a shift!
Donor Profile: NECA/IBEW Partnership
Building our homes would not be possible without the generous donations of funds, time, and materials from local contractors and other groups.

Over the past 10 years, the Monterey Bay Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has partnerned with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union local 234 and t hrough their Labor Management Cooperation Committee (LMCC), has provided in-kind electrical materials and installation in most of our homes.

In an effort to give back to the communities they service, contractors and local union members contribute regularly to a fund that is used to pay for projects that benefit the community. By using these funds to pay contractors and provide materials, this partnership not only brings together a host of local organizations to do good, but directly benefits the individuals and families who purchase Habitat homes.

We are grateful for the ongoing "behind the scenes" collaboration of NECA and IBEW. Their tireless effort in organizing this partnership, obtaining materials, recruiting labor, and putting in the time to complete a vital part of building a home is invaluable to us and our homeowners. Thank you!
Volunteer Profile: Tom Beckner
We are so blessed to have a wealth of experience and knowledge in our volunteers, both on the construction site ( see our loyal Tuesday crew here!), and in the ReStores. One such treasure is new volunteer Tom Beckner. 

A retired University of California Santa Cruz Media Services engineer, he decided to put his time and talents to use at our Santa Cruz ReStore after hearing about it from a friend as a great place to volunteer. During his time at UCSC and the County Office of Education before that, he engineered, fabricated, and installed computer, sound, teleconferencing, and TV units for students and staff. He now uses his immense experience repairing and restoring clocks, tools, and all things mechanical and electrical for the ReStore so they can be resold to shoppers and other collectors. 

Tom is a consummate collector of all things technological, and even has his own small museum at UCSC complete with gramophones, early TVs and telephones, most Apple computer versions, and other historical tech gems. His favorite repair jobs so far for the ReStore have been a typewriter dating back to the 20s, and a reel to reel tape recorder from 1952 that he was able to make work again!

Stop in to the SCRestore at 719 Swift St #62 and see Tom's handiwork for yourself!
March 31: Dine for Habitat at Shadowbrook
Need an excuse to go out to eat? Have your dinner tab make a difference in a local family's life when you "dine for Habitat" at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola on Tuesday March 31! Mention "Habitat" when you make your reservations online or by phone (831) 475-1511, and Shadowbrook will donate 30% of your entire tab to Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay. We put donations to work immediately in building our homes for deserving low-income families.

Shadowbrook Restaurant is located at 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010.
Thank you to our new and returning donors in 2020!
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