March 2019
Dear Habitat Friend,

March is shaping up to be an exciting month! First, we have scheduled the dedication for the two homes on School Street in Acton for March 16th at 1 pm (note the time change from our last newsletter!) and we hope everyone who helped to plan, build, fund and support the project will join us for the ceremony. So many hours of work have been put in renovating these homes and we are ready to celebrate! We'll be closing on the homes shortly after the dedication and the families are more than ready to move in to their homes.

Next, we're on to Ashburnham! We have the house and site plans complete and with your help we can start on the excavation and foundations before the summer. Our Facebook friends (and if you aren't one, you should be!) know that we just kicked off a 30 in 30 campaign to provide the ground floor funding for this project. With your help, we will raise $30,000 in 30 days, and all donations up to $15,000 will be matched so your donation made before April 3rd will be doubled to help us reach our goal. So wonderful! You can click here to help us to get these two new homes started!

Our Critical Home Repair program continues to grow as more families in need contact us for assistance. We've heard from many families who own affordable homes but aren't able to save the funds for needed repairs. We have now completed forty-four repairs and have several more planned for the coming weeks. I am very grateful to the Rollstone Foundation and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for recent grants to help with our repair work. We couldn't do it without your help!

Thank you all for all your work on the School Street homes and I hope you are as excited as I am to start our next two homes in Ashburnham!

In partnership and gratitude,
Carolyn
Acton Home Dedications
You are invited to join the Sunshine and Lubega families, our sponsors, donors, volunteers and special guests as we dedicate these two new homes on School Street.

Saturday, March 16th
1:00pm

Spring Breakfast
Mark you calendar now for our annual Spring Breakfast where you'll meet our latest partner families, sponsors and volunteers.

Our guest speaker will be Marian McMahon Stanley, author of mysteries The Immaculate and Buried Troubles. A dual Irish/American citizen, Marian has held a long international corporate career and a senior position at a large urban university. She now lives and writes locally, and is hard at work on her next book The Mariposa Circle.

May 8th 7:30-8:30am
Local Project Committees
Acton
Join us on our Acton LPC for our current project on School Street.
March 11, 6 pm
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All are welcome!
Stow
Please join the Stow Local Project Committee at our next meeting to learn how you can help with our future build in Stow.
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Ashburnham
Join the Ashburnham LPC to learn how you can help us build two new homes for local families in need of housing.
March 12, 4:30 pm
2019 Save the Dates
March 16 Acton Home Dedications
May 8 Spring Breakfast
June Women Build Week
September 17 Building Dreams Golf Tournament
October 24 A Toast to Hope
November 10 Book Group Event
Volunteering at Habitat NCM
What an great bunch of volunteers we've had helping in Acton this month to get us all ready for the dedications! Last couple of weeks to help in Acton - so sign up now!
Littleton Repair - Tuesday, March 12th
New schedule for Ashburnham will be released next month.

ReStore shifts in Leominster are every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Sign up for an orientation if you'd like to learn how you can help.
Office shifts every weekday, hours flexible.
Special thanks to volunteers who joined us from Tufts University, Cisco, First Church Sterling, Acton Congregational Church, our incredible Regulars and to all our wonderful individual volunteers.
Ready to Volunteer? Click for all our construction, ReStore, office and other upcoming opportunities. For questions, please call Clare on 978-348-2749 x205 or send an e-mail.
A Visit to the ReStore
The ReStore is our discount home improvement center. We accept donations of new and gently used items from individuals and local businesses, and sell to the public at a reduced cost, usually 50-70% of the original retail value. All profits support home ownership for hard working, low income families in North Central Massachusetts, while keeping good, reusable materials in use and out of the landfill.
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.
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