February 2018, Strengthening Fairfield County

This week, you may receive dozens of emails and social media postings from local non-profits urging you to contribute through GIVING DAY – coming up on March 1 st. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and “give where you live” brought to all of us by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Bank of America. 
There is an aspect of Giving Day that encourages non-profits to compete for prizes based on the number of donors, the total contributions and funds they are each able to acquire. Though I would love to encourage you to give to Habitat CFC, at the end of the day, we all win, regardless of which organizations you chose to support. 

We are blessed to be in a region that boasts incredible, volunteer driven, non-profit organizations staffed by talented and dedicated professionals. Collectively, our non-profits address every aspect of our lives from the most basic human needs, concerns about the environment, to supporting our professional aspirations and our passions for culture. If you want to fully appreciate the expression, ‘it takes a village” go to the Fairfield County Gives website and scroll through the amazing array of wonderful organizations.

Habitat for Humanity is driven by the conviction that every person needs and deserves a stable, decent place to live. But the houses we build and the lives they support are only as strong as the community in which they exist. Each of us can make Fairfield County even stronger on GIVING DAY!

Stuart D. Adelberg 
Chief Executive Officer 
Habitat CFC News
Volunteering Opportunity

Think about the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important cause. How did it make you feel? With the busy lives we lead. Habitat CFC provides many volunteer opportunities throughout the year for individual's of all ages. Volunteer on your own with a group, or with one of our affinity programs such as Women Build, or Youth United. Whether you are interested in swinging a hammer, organizing a fundraiser or serving as a committee, we welcome your participation.

Please note that individuals and groups are scheduled separately. When signing up more than one person on a given day, please contact Eileen Bakos , Director of Corporate and Volunteer Engagement, at volunteer@habitatcfc.org .
An Awesome Way to Increase Your Gift to Habitat CFC…
Thinking about giving a gift to Habitat CFC? Double your donation impact with a matching gift! Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your donation is eligible, the extra gift will help us build more decent, affordable homes for families in need of housing!
Or feel free to contact Liz Kemp , Habitat CFC Development Coordinator, at ekemp@habitatcfc.org .
Meet our New Staff Member

We're excited to welcome John Poppa to the Habitat CFC Family as an Assistant Project Manager.

"I am a life long resident of Bridgeport. I have worked in the construction trades for 15 years. In 2016 I graduated from Norwalk Community College with an Associates Degree in Construction Technology and a Certificate in Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology. Leading up to this amazing opportunity with Habitat for Humanity I was a Property Manager at the Westport Weston Family Y. I am excited to bring my experience to Habitat for Humanity. Outside of work my hobbies are martial arts the style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which I have been doing for 4 years, and I’m also learning to play the guitar and have been taking lessons for a little over a year".

We're excited to have him aboard! 
Upcoming Events
Giving Day

#HabitatCFC  will be participating in  Fairfield County GIVING DAY  on  Thursday, March 1 st   . Check out this video for a message from Stuart Adelberg, Habitat CFC's CEO!!

To make a contribution on Giving Day for Habitat CFC, visit  fcgives.org  between
12:00 am  and  11:59 pm  tomorrow.

Your contribution this year will enable us to build more homes for families in need of decent housing in Fairfield County. Every family deserves a place to live.
She Nailed It!

Women Build is gearing up for its 3rd Annual “She Nailed It!” Social and Competition on Wednesday, May 9th at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center at 5:30 pm. Teams of four are tasked with raising $500 in order to compete in this women-only nail hammering relay. Teams race head-to-head hammering as many nails as possible into a 2×4 board. After several rounds the winning team goes home with the coveted “Bedazzled Hammer”! Funds raised from the event will support the building of the 15th Women Build home in Fairfield County.
Hoops for Habitats

Youth United will hold its 9th Annual “ Hoops for Habitat” scoring competition, clinic, and fundraising event at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Bridgeport on Saturday, April 7 th . This event aims to create interest around Youth United and to build the local community. Several former NBA players will conduct the basketball clinic and dunking contest. The funds raised through the event will go towards Youth United’s 5th sponsored Habitat home at Waldorf Avenue in Bridgeport.

For more information, contact Liz Kemp at ekemp@habitatcfc.org .
April In Paris

Mark your calendar for Habitat CFC’s biggest event of the year! We will return in April to the trendy space at the Fairfield Theatre Company Warehouse. Guests will be treated to a creative and fun evening featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music! Come dressed Casually Chic or Fashionably French for APRIL in PARIS! The proceeds from the evening will help build decent stable homes and bright futures for hard-working Fairfield County families.

Our ReStore
Our ReStore in Stratford accepts donations of new and gently used items and sells those items to the public at a reduced cost, usually 50-70 percent of the original retail value. All proceeds from the store go toward building homes in Fairfield County; we are currently able to fund the building of 3 additional new Habitat CFC homes each year! Want to learn more? Check out our ReStore website here.

Have Something to Donate? Click here for more information on how to donate items. We offer FREE pick up in Fairfield County.
1785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford
Just off exit 31 I-95 
(store entrance is on Honeyspot Road)
ReStore Hours
Tuesday - Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday       9am to 4pm 
Closed Sunday and Monday
Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County | 203-333-2642