Please make check payable to:
 Sussex County Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 759, Georgetown, DE 19947

 Please send your  logo to AR@sussexcountyhabitat.org.

For further information, contact Development Director Jay Gundy at  jay@sussexcountyhabitat.org  or  302.855.1153, ext. 210.
Volunteer Voices

MLK Volunteers
On Martin Luther King Day of Service, Rachel Grier-Reynolds and her family gave generously of their time and energy to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  Joined by 50 family members, close friends, AmeriCorps members, and Habitat staff and partner families, "Team Rachel" worked on three homes in Ellendale's Ingram Village subdivision.
AmeriCorps Member Sara Clendaniel with young volunteers

After a cancer diagnosis nine years ago, Rachel decided to give her family the gift of service.  That gift has led to nearly a decade of Habitat home construction that includes decking, framing, roof installation, and more.  The youngest family members join in, too, by working safely in a neighboring house shell creating wall art with recycled items from the Habitat ReStore.  Over the years Rachel's family has worked on more than a dozen homes and impacted as many families.
The Grier-Reynolds annual day of Habitat service has become a tradition cherished by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the families they serve.    

AmeriCorps Member Chris Turner assisting Volunteer Jason Burris
Volunteers help move plywood
As of the morning of January 4th Delmarva Christian High School freshman Devyn Roos had never picked up a hammer. By the end of Thursday January 12th she successfully helped shingle a shed roof.

Every January, Delmarva Christian High School students participate in J-term, a two week term of service. This year, 12 students chose to spend their J-term with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Devyn was one of those students.

Fellow 9th grader Hunter Difava described the term as "A way to help others while gaining new experiences and getting out of your comfort zone."
Devyn Painting

Getting out of their comfort zone is exactly what Hunter, Devyn and the other DCHS students did. Devyn was initially nervous having no prior construction experience and being the only girl on the service project. By the end of the two weeks both freshmen felt empowered. "To go from never having swung a hammer to completing a shed roof is an amazing feeling." Devyn said.

Devyn and Hunter look forward to future terms of service. Both say they will likely be back to volunteer with Sussex County Habitat next year. 
Thirteen members from the University of Maryland Charles R. Drew Pre-Medical & Pre-Health 
Society volunteered for 4 days in Delmar, participating in Sussex County Habitat for Humanity's  Collegiate Challenge.

The Drew society is a service and networking organization. Twelve of their members had never built with Habitat.

Senior,  Ambra Palushi , thought that working with SCHFH was a way of "working together as a team, sharing the notion to serve others."

Sophomore,  Olushala Omomo , said "There is joy, personally affecting someone, being able to see where your efforts are going."

SCHFH has 18 additional Collegiate Challenge groups scheduled through the end of August. 
Women Build 2017  will kick off with a How-To Clinic and build day on Saturday, February 4, 2017. 

Who: The clinic is designed for volunteers, partner families, and current Habitat homeowners. Men and Women are welcome to attend this Women Empowering Event.

What: How-To Clinic followed by an afternoon build to apply the learned skills. Participants will learn installation of vinyl-plank flooring and how to install and repair outdoor siding.

When: Saturday, February 4

How-To Clinic: from 9:00-11:00 am; Hands-on building from 11:00-3:00 pm

Where: Ingram Village build sites, South Lee Avenue in Ellendale

How: Led by SCHFH Construction Manager, site supervisors, and construction Americorps

For more information contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator: Barbara Ward 302-855-1153 ext. 211 , barbara@sussexcountyhabitat.org!
Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith of Lewes joined Sussex County Habitat in November of 2016 as a part-time Site Supervisor.

 Wayne will supervise construction projects in western Sussex County. Originally from New Jersey, Wayne worked for 30 years as research engineering assistant at Union Carbide. Wayne also owned a Rita's Ice franchise and a remodeling business. 

Over the last 20 years Wayne volunteered with other Habitat affiliates serving 7 years on the Board of Trustees of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County in New Jersey, and as their President for one year. Wayne and his wife Kathleen, have three daughters and 4 grandchildren. 

Thank you to the congregation at Bethany Beach Christian Church for their donation of household items for new homeowners. The church presented Repairs Program Coordinator Audrey Miller with a variety of items including a blender, spice rack, dish towels, an iron, and kitchen utensils. These gifts will be given to new homeowners.  

The Repair Report
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is holding an event in your Community!

Local Volunteers will partner with homeowners to provide free home improvement services including landscaping, trash removal, power washing, and more, to be followed by a community celebration. 

Are you a resident living in Laurel or Seaford? Do you want to know more? 
Contact the Repair Program Coordinator, Audrey Miller, at 302-855-1153 x207 or email Audrey@sussexcountyhabitat.org

If you are a homeowner in the areas of Seaford, Laurel, or Southeast Sussex County and 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!

Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds

617 South Lee Ave.
Front Porch, Drywall, Nailers, Electrical, Plumbing

619 South Lee Ave.
Front Porch, Drywall, Nailers, Electrical, Plumbing

622 South Lee Ave.
Sheath Gable Trusses, Build Porch


9614 Light Lane
Begin Ramp, Nailers for Grab Bars, Drywall

To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat 
call 302-855-1153 x208 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 .

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