Habitat Happenings | April 2021 Edition
Message From Your Executive Director
Greetings!

April is National Volunteer Month and we have a lot of volunteers to be thankful for at Habitat - in our ReStore, on our construction sites, office volunteers, those who help with events and even our committee members and board members. If you are one of these volunteers, please know how thankful we are for your service to Habitat. Without you, our mission simply would not be possible and we wanted to make sure that you knew that as we close out this month.

Please read on to learn the latest on our mission happenings.

Sincerely,

Sarah Beckman
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside
Affiliate News
New Research on Homeownership as a Factor to Wealth Building
For low-income households and households of color in the U.S., homeownership can be a catalyst to wealth building. In this new evidence brief from HFHI, Habitat examines how gains from homeownership vary by income, gender and race/ethnicity.
Staffing News
A familiar face has returned to Habitat for Humanity Lakeside in construction, our Development Director is a nominee for Young Professional of the Year through the Sheboygan County Chamber and we are hiring a part-time Construction Site Supervisor.
Seeking Board Members
It's the time of year where our Board Governance Committee evaluates candidates to join our Board in the new fiscal year which begins July 1. Click on the button below to learn more about expectations for service, the inquiry process and our current strategic goals. 
Construction Updates
Home Buyer Program
We have a home being built through our Home Buyer Program at 128 East Prospect Avenue in Plymouth (photos of progress below). We plan to do a virtual dedication of this home in late May or early June. Following the completion of this home, we will start construction on two more homes on the 1,000 block of Erie Avenue in Sheboygan to complete The Gateway Project, a redevelopment of that whole city block. Our application period for this program is currently open as we prepare for our 2022 slate of home buyers. Click here to learn more about how to apply.

Home Repair Program
We are gearing up for summer and our application period is open for homeowners throughout Sheboygan County in need of home repairs. Currently, we have three homeowners approved for financing and in que to have home repair work completed including a project in Cascade and two in Sheboygan.

Rock the Block
Rock the Block is back in 2021. Please continue scrolling to the events section of our newsletter to learn more about our 2021 event.
Volunteer Updates & Needs
Celebrating Our Top Volunteers
As we close out Volunteer Appreciation Month and the first quarter of 2021, we wanted to recognize and celebrate our top ten volunteers in order of their hour contributions. We are incredibly grateful for their support!

  • Heidi Hediger (ReStore) - 326 Hours
  • Larry Doolittle (ReStore) - 68 Hours
  • Gerry Luebke (ReStore) - 63 Hours
  • Neal Ruffalo (ReStore) - 50 Hours
  • Brandon Hill (ReStore) - 42 Hours
  • Clarence Goetsch (Construction) - 35 Hours
  • Mark Lowis (ReStore) - 29 Hours
  • Roger Schulze (ReStore) - Hours
  • Karen Schulze (ReStore) - 26 Hours

Thank you for all that you do for our mission!
Build Site Openings
We have a couple build day openings on our home in Plymouth. Volunteering on a Habitat build site is a great way to have fun and learn new skills alongside other volunteers. Due to our COVID-19 guidelines, we have reduced group sizes to 3-5 individuals at one time. The following build days are currently open:

  • Friday, May 21 from 8:30-3:30
  • Saturday, May 22 from 8:30-3.30

We are also starting to take inquiries for group and individual volunteer build days for the two homes we will be building on Erie Avenue later this year. Reach out to Lee Anne at lraleigh@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 301 to learn more!
Office Volunteers Needed
We are seeking Office Volunteers to help with a variety of tasks in our business office. For this opportunity you could volunteer once a week, once a month or even once per year. Some tasks you may help us with include data entry/computer work, filing and sorting, stuffing/sealing mailings, hand writing envelopes, scanning & saving files, shredding and other special projects.

To learn more, reach out to Lee Anne at lraleigh@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 301.
Lunch Providers Needed
Do you enjoy cooking? If you don't want to swing a hammer but still want to be involved with our building efforts, you can help by providing a simple lunch for our volunteers on our build sites. Our build days take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and occasional Saturdays and our volunteers break for lunch between 11:30 am - 12:30 pm each day. We typically ask lunch providers to provide a main course, a side item, beverage and any paper or plastic materials to accompany the lunch. Upcoming dates that have lunch openings include:
  • Wednesday, May 5 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)
  • Thursday, May 6 (two lunches needed, Sheboygan)
  • Friday, May 7 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)
  • Saturday, May 8 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)
  • Friday, May 14 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)
  • Friday, May 21 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)
  • Saturday, May 22 (five lunches needed, Plymouth)

To learn more or to schedule a lunch donation, contact Lee Anne at lraleigh@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 301.
Upcoming Events
Mini Portraits Fundraiser
On Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9:00-5:00 you can sign up to participate in 15-minute minute mini-portrait sessions for the low price of $60. Your session includes digital copies of all of your photos. This is great for families, couples, pets and would even be a wonderful Mother's Day gift. A special thank you to Emile Portraits for donating her time and services to this fundraiser.

To sign up for a time slot, visit: 

Visit our Facebook event page to learn more and help us share the event amongst your network by clicking here.
2021 Rock the Block Announcement
Rock the Block is a neighborhood revitalization event organized by Habitat along with several community partners including the City of Sheboygan, the Sheboygan Fire Department, the Sheboygan Police Department and the IBEW Local 494. Through Rock the Block, Habitat provides affordable financing for exterior home repairs and community projects in a designated neighborhood. Our community partners assist with additional services such as brush removal, lighting improvements and fire safety checks. Neighbors and volunteers from all walks of life come together to carry out the work.

Our 2021 Rock the Block event will take place over the course of three days in Franklin Park neighborhood on Sheboygan's south side. Our event dates are Thursday, September 16, Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from Noon-4:00pm. There are a variety of ways to get involved in Rock the Block. Please contact the appropriate staff member below to learn more!
Apply for a Project
If you or someone you know lives in the Franklin Park Neighborhood and is in need of repair work, contact Karina Berdyck, our Director of Homeowner Services, at kberdyck@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 305 to set up an informational meeting to learn about the application process.

Volunteer on a Project
Sign up to help with exterior home repairs, brush removal, and event execution by contacting Lee Anne Raleigh, our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, at lraleigh@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 301. No experience is necessary to volunteer.

Donate to Fund a Project
​​We are currently seeking Sponsorships for our 2021 Rock the Block Event. Please check out our sponsorship form by clicking here or reach out to Emily Fread, our Development Director at efread@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 304 to learn more.
Photo Highlights From the Last Month
Acuity Insurance volunteered with us on 4-7-21 and installed siding on the Plymouth Build Home. They are also a contributing sponsor to this home build.
CNH Industrial volunteered with us on the build site on 4-16-21. They helped us build the porches on the Plymouth Build Home.
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside staff closed down the office on 3-31-21 and worked on installing the siding on the Plymouth Build Home.
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside | PO Box 973, Sheboygan, WI 53082 | 920-458-3399
Habitat ReStore | 1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 | 920-452-4175
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