On Friday, May 12th Sussex County Habitat and Poore's Propane will  present the 12th annual Walt Jones G olf outing at Midway Par 3 in Lewes. 

 Registration for teams and 
individuals is now available.  There are morning and afternoon rounds, each accommodating 100 golfers.  Registration includes golf, games, prizes, and lunch served by Bethany Blues of Lewes.   All proceeds support Sussex County Habitat construction, repair, and family empowerment programs.
Recruit a team; become a tee, hole, or prize sponsor; and, register today.

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Volunteer Voices
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge continued with University of Delaware, Gustavus Adolphus College, Catholic University and Delaware State University.

Gustavus won the "prize" for the longest trek to Sussex County, traveling nearly 1,300 miles and 28 hours from St. Peter, Minnesota to volunteer. Once in Sussex County, the 22 students spent the week working in Ellendale, split between sites. Some students learned to install siding and flooring, while others painted.


While Gustavus worked in Ellendale, the University of Delaware students demoed the inside of a home on Oak Street in Laurel. After ripping up the flooring and subflooring students shoveled buckets of dirt from below the floor to allow room for new plumbing to be installed.

Catholic University of Washington D.C. opt to do their
 Collegiate Challenge a little different, instead of coming
 during one week, the group of 25 students serve three weekends throughout the year. This particular weekend the   students were able to continue the work in Laurel.

Delaware State University was celebrating their annual day of service on Saturday, April 1st. Each year students go out 
into the community for the day and serve. This was the first year that DSU served with SCHFH. Ten students served out on a build site in Ellendale. Twenty additional DSU students spent their day of service helping to rehab and reorganize the Georgetown ReStore.

Thank you to all the students who have volunteered with SCHFH this Collegiate Challenge. No matter how far you traveled, we appreciate you. 


Saturday, April 1st, eight volunteers from  Dimitra Yoga , of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach volunteered  with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on build sites in Ingram Village. Dimitra Yoga has been a returning group for several years now, nothing pleases us more than a volunteer group that continues to come back, thank you Dimitra Yoga. 

March 30th AmeriCorps Members serving with organizations across the state of Delaware gathered at Delaware State University for the annual Life After AmeriCorps Conference. The conference is a way for AmeriCorps to network and gain skills necessary for their next path.

This year's conference included breakout sessions aimed at those interested in entering the workforce and those wanting to continue service. Speakers included Ashley Biden,Executive Director at Delaware Center for Justice, and founder of LiveliHOOD; Shawn F. Stevens, Ed. D., Principal Consultant, at P-Impact; and former Sussex County Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps member, Lyndsay Humphreys now a Volunteer Coordinator for the Food Bank of Delaware.

In between sessions, attendees had the opportunity to explore an Opportunity Fair. Ten organizations were in attendance representing different post-AmeriCorps opportunities. Widener University represented continuing education and the PeaceCorps represented continuing service.  The Delaware State Police were recruiting, and other organizations like Stand by Me were hiring.

The Life After AmeriCorps Conference is one of the many trainings offered to AmeriCorps members throughout their service. During the course of a service term a member receives trainings covering a broad range of subjects including, safety, leadership, disaster assistance, volunteer management, and many site specific trainings.

The AmeriCorps program also promotes networking, and career strategy growth. Program directors and state officials help to align members with opportunities to be grasped upon completion of their service. The Life After AmeriCorps Conference is an opportunity to bring all aspects of the post-AmeriCorps experience together. 
The Repair Report

University of Delaware students volunteering as part of the Collegiate Challenge program
 took a break from working on a rehab in Laurel to complete a minor home repair also in  Laurel. 
Students Painting

The homeowner connected with SCHFH through the  recent Rock the Block Laurel event. During the repair students removed and replaced an old damaged fence, finishing it off with a coat of white paint.   

New Fence


On Saturday, April 8th, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity organized the second area Rock the Block in Seaford, Delaware. Inspired by similar Habitat events nationally, the Seaford Rock the  Block was a neighborhood revitalization initiative where 70 local volunteers,  AmeriCorps Delaware  members, Habitat staff, and homeowners spruced up properties and repaired homes. By collaborating with engaged citizens, Sussex County Habitat expands on services typically offered to owner-occupied homes.   

Community Volunteers gathered at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church for the traditional Habitat Blessing, and to meet with their groups for the day. Breakfast was served to volunteers thanks to Mt. Olivet volunteers.

The group consisted of volunteers from Mt. Olivet, the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Seaford City Hall, Seaford City Council, and many local volunteers. Mayor David Genshaw spoke to the volunteers thanking everyone for helping to "Rock the Block" in his city, before heading to a site to volunteer himself. Additional support for the day was offered thanks to Nanticoke Senior Center , food for a celebration after the event was donated by WAWA , and music was performed by members of the 15 String Band.


Volunteers spent the day helping to revitalize Seaford area homes. During the event six area owner-occupied homes, and four non-profit  buildings were worked on. Tasks included landscaping, painting, trash pick-up, gutter cleaning, power washing, and more. 

Before and After of some of projects from the day

If you are a homeowner in the areas of Seaford, Laurel would like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs programs, please call the Repair Program Coordinator, Audrey Miller, at  302-855-1153 x207  or click below for more information or an application. We'd love to partner with you too!


From March 27 thru the 30th, six members of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Habitat for Humanity International for the first since Global Conference to be held since 2001.    
Kevin Gilmore, Audrey Miller, Nancy Greene, Heather Barony, Susan Webb, and Mark Quigley
During the four days the SCHFH team networked with over 2,500 other attendees, from over 50 countries and over 5,000 affiliates. Each attendee had the opportunity to choose from 185 learning sessions.

The first night had everyone gather for a surprise performance from the band Sugarland.
On Tuesday night, attendees had the opportunity to hear two of the most respected Habitat volunteers, Jimmy and Roselyn Carter.

Executive Director Kevin Gilmore as attended more conferences than he can count during his tenure, he said  "This conference was an exciting time to be among 2500 Habitat folks; all working toward a common mission worldwide."

For Family Services Manager Heather Barony, this was her first Global Conference experience, "I had a wonderful time, networking with other affiliates. I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to work with individuals in the same field." 
Jimmy and Roselyn Carter
SCHFH's Tithe Partner HFH Guatemala, Renaud Cuchet, President of the Board, Kevin Gilmore SCHFH Executive Directore, and 
Victor Velasquez, National Director

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is Hiring!

Volunteer Programs Coordinator-  is charged with recruiting community volunteers to support SCHFH's programs and developing leadership for increased community impact. Click here for a full position description.

Site Supervisor-  is responsible for "hands-on" residential home construction at SCHFH construction sites. Role includes scheduling and leadership of Construction AmeriCorps, volunteers and partner family members, as well as project planning, site organization and safety, and property management. Click here for a full position description.

Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds
617 South Lee Ave.
Interior Doors, Trim and Paint 

619 South Lee Ave.
Doors, Trim, Caulk and Putty

622 South Lee Ave.
Priming, Painting, Doors, Trim

9614 Light Lane

140 Hudson Alley (The House that Grace Built)
Drywall, Siding, Soffit

211 Oak (Rehab)
Remove Bathroom Floor and Front Porch, Roof Work
To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat 
call Nancy Greene at 
302-855-1153 x205 or 

  We welcome all  - individuals and groups - to build with us at anytime: This is what our founder, Millard Fuller , called the Theology of the Hammer .

  Questions? Ready to Volunteer? 
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