Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh Newsletter


Celebrating 25 Years of Building Homes With HEART 

In the Greater Pittsburgh Area

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from Allegheny County and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.


 January 2012

In This Issue
Donate Your Car, Give A Family A Home
Fox Chapel Telethon
Save The Date: Highmark Walk
Volunteer on MLK Day of Service
Weatherization FAQs

Every Day Is Earth Day!

Donate Your Older Car, Truck, Van, Trailer, RV or Boat To Habitat for Humanity!


Do you have an older car, truck, van, trailer, RV or boat taking up valuable space in your yard or driveway?  Vehicle donations will support Habitat for Humanity's local and global mission of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness and save you the time and energy of finding a buyer.  By donating a car to our vehicle program, you can help HFH of Greater Pittsburgh build houses in partnership with families in need of a hand up, not a hand out. 


Donating a good used car can provide needed transportation for a new owner.  Donating a gas-guzzling heap saves energy, prevents air pollution, and keeps valuable resources from rusting away in a field or on a city street.  Steel scrap is an essential material in making new steel.  More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper combined.


It is quick and esasy to donate automobiles, trucks, boats, RV's, motorcycles, construction equipment and other vehicles whether they are running or not?  Plus, you may be eligible for a tax deduction.  (Consult your tax advisor or the IRS for details.


Thank you for your continued supoort of HFHGP through our Cars for Homes Program.  From 2006 - 2011, $22,452 has been raised through this program, including $8,341 in 2011.


To donate a car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle to Cars for Homes™, Habitat's official donation program, please call (877) 277-4344 toll free or visit www.carsforhomes.org and let us take care of the rest.  It's a convenient way to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and create more space in your driveway.  Thanks for your consideration! 





 Fox Chapel Telethon Raises Over $40,000 for HFHGP!
On Friday, December 23rd, Fox Chapel Area School District held its annual telethon, this year to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh.
The school district shattered previous years fundraising records this year by raising over $40,000 for Habitat!
The live, televised event featured HFHGP Executive Director Maggie Withrow speaking about Habitat's programs, especially A Brush With Kindness and Weatherization.

The telethon is coordinated by the marketing/management and television production students of the high school who plan and produce the event.


On behalf of Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers, board members, and our partner families, Thank You Fox Chapel School District for your hard work and blessings!  We are grateful.


Highmark Walk Registration Opens February 1, 2012! 


The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is the annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies in southwestern Pennsylvania.


The primary goal of the walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions. Join the walk in Pittsburgh!


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh needs walkers!


Registration opens February 1st, 2012. Visit www.walkforahealthycommunity.org for more information!


If you raise $25 towards HFHGP for the Highmark Walk, you will receive a t-shirt. Please consider supporting HFHGP through this great cause!
For more information on walking, registration, or sponsorships, please contact
Joie Faust
Resource Development *AmeriCorps VISTA
(412) 351-0512 ext 11






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Volunteer On MLK Day!


HFH of Greater Pittsburgh 

together with

Pittsburgh Cares to Host a
MLK Day of Service


Monday, January 16, 2012

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM



What are YOU doing on MLK Day this year? The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is promoting MLK Day 2012 as a "Day ON, Not A Day OFF". Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to service and being a leader in the community. Join this celebration of what would be his 83rd birthday by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh.


Together with Pittsburgh Cares, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh will be hosting the largest MLK Day event in Pittsburgh and plans to engage around 300 volunteers with almost 20 projects across the city on this Day of Service. Every volunteer will be asked to come with at least one item to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank when they arrive. Mayor of Braddock John Fetterman, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh's Executive Director Maggie Withrow, Representative Holly McIntosh from the Mayor's Office, Allegheny County Council District 8 President Charles Martoni, and the CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will all be speakers.


Volunteer opportunities are still available!!!

We still have some volunteer opportunities available to serve on MLK Day! Projects range from non-strenuous activities at the library, painting, clearing out floors of debris from the Oringer Building in Braddock, and everything in between. Contact Jeremy if you are interested in serving!

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. There are 17 different projects across the city, so please indicate if travel will be an issue. Details will be emailed to those who sign up.


Date:   Monday, January 16, 2012

Time:   8:30AM - 3:30 PM

Place:  Throughout the City

     Meeting Place:

     Braddock Community Center             

     416 Library Street

      (Near Library Street & Braddock Ave) 

     Braddock, PA 15104


Event Contact:

Jeremy Martin

Community Outreach & Faith Relations Coordinator


Office: (412) 351-0512 ext 11

What's That?

Habitat Breaks Down The FAQ's Of Weatherization: What Is It? Who Qualifies? What's The Benefit?


What Is Weatherization?


Weatherization is the process of reducing energy costs to families by increasing the energy efficiency of the home while ensuring health and safety.


Why Should I Care About Weatherization? What Are The Benefits From This Service?


Weatherization services are cost-effective energy efficiency measures for existing residential homes. It improves performance and comfort.

Benefits of Weatherization include:

- Utility cost savings

- Better indoor air quality

- Increased property value


Families who have Weatherization services performed save money on utility bills year round. The home stays warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.


What Services Are Offered Through Weatherization?

Basic Services include:

- Caulking windows, doors, baseboards, ceiling trim

- Installing door sweeps

- Installing outlet insulators

- Insulating basement rim joists

- Taping ducts

- Insulating attic hatch


Advanced Services include:

- Repairing return

- Sealing penetrations and headboards in attic

- Blowing insulation in attic

- Rolled insulation in attic

- Raised storage in attic

- Drill and Fill wall insulation


Who Qualifies for Weatherization?


In order to qualify, your family's annual gross income (before taxes) must be between 30% and 50% of the Median Annual Income of Allegheny County. For example: A family of 4 people making less than $32,000 would meet the guidelines.


Residents must also fulfill the following requirements:

- Must own and occupy a home that needs and could benefit from short-term exterior or interior improvements.

- Must meet the income guidelines set by HFHGP

- Must be willing to partner with HFHGP

- Must occupy a home in the Greater Pittsburgh area in Allegheny County and posses homeowner's insurance.

- Must be willing to make a minimal monthly payment.


What Is Expected?

1. A pre-repair energy audit is conducted, which provides an assessment of the home's energy efficiency.

2. Volunteers make repairs to the home to improve the energy efficiency while ensuring the health and safety of the occupants.

3. A post-repair energy audit is conducted to ensure the work was done correctly and safely.

4. Educational material is provided for the partner family to help them understand the changes made to their home and maximize the financial benefits those changes will bring.

5. Partner families will make a minimal monthly payment for the materials.


How Do I Apply?


To get more information and to apply for Weatherization, contact

Daniel Webb at 412-351-0512 ext 10



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Pittsburgh, PA  15218

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