May 2019
Dear Habitat Friend,

Spring is here! I am very excited to be starting on the site work for our two new homes in Ashburnham, and to be able to work on more critical home repair projects now that it is getting warmer. We are currently working on repair projects in Leominster, Gardner, Littleton and Athol, and expect to have a busy summer with our repair program. Thank you to the volunteers who come to help with these much-needed repairs and to our supporters who help fund them!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Spring Breakfast last week. Our keynote speaker, Marian McMahon Stanley, spoke movingly about everyone having a story to tell, followed by our new homeowners, Sheryl and Amina, telling the stories of their journey to home ownership. My gratitude to Senator Jamie Eldridge for joining us to talk about the state of housing in Massachusetts, and for all of his work for affordable housing in our communities. A big thank you also to our event sponsors, DCU, Workers Credit Union, Avidia Bank, bankHometown, Enterprise Bank, and The Lexvest Group.

At the event, Patrick McCarty, past Board President and current Board Member, was awarded a golden hammer for his dedication and service to Habitat NCM, an award very much earned through his many hours spent helping local families to have safe, affordable homes to call their own. A huge milestone was also recognized at the event -- EXIT New Options Real Estate and EXIT Assurance Realty (shown above) have now donated over $80,000 to help our building projects. Amazing to see how many homes they have helped build in the last few years and how many families they have helped to come home!

I hope you will join us tomorrow at our first ever meat raffle. The Ashburnham Local Project Committee planned this fun event being held at the Ashburnham American Legion on for May 18th from 2:00-5:00 pm. You can stock up for your Memorial Day weekend barbecue while helping us buy materials for the new homes!

One final word of advocacy for affordable housing. There are a number of bills in the works in the state right now and I encourage you to contact your state representatives to learn more about each bill.

Thank you all for your support for our mission and your help in building strength, security and self-reliance through shelter.

In partnership and gratitude,
Carolyn
Information Meeting for
Ashburnham Homes
An information meeting for families interested in the homes on Lake Shore Drive will be held on

May 22nd, 7 pm
Fitchburg Fire Station

For more information email apply@ncmhabitat.org
Meat Raffle
Get everything that you will need for your Memorial Day cookout at the first ever Habitat NCM Meat Raffle!

Join members of the Ashburnham Local Project Committee for a great afternoon of raffles and fun. There will be face painting for the kids, food and desserts for sale, cash bar, raffle baskets and ten rounds of meat raffles. And you'll be helping to raise funds for our new home builds on Lake Shore Drive!

May 18th 2:00-5:00 pm
132 Williams Road, Ashburnham
Local Project Committees
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.
May 22nd, 4:30 pm
Rollstone Bank & Trust
486 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg
2019 Save the Dates
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 had helping in Acton this month to get us all ready for the dedications! The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity!

New schedule for Ashburnham will be released later this 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.
Ready to Volunteer? Click for all our construction, ReStore, office and other upcoming opportunities. For questions, please call 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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