On September 27th, 30 Lowe's Heroes will join other volunteers from Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the Town of Laurel to  Rock the Block  as part of a major neighborhood revitalization initiative in Old Town, Laurel.  Lowe's Heroes are volunteers employed at the Lowe's stores in Seaford, Millsboro, and Lewes.   In all, more than 50 volunteers will provide clean-up, landscaping, painting, and other minor exterior home repairs in this Habitat-driven project that engages neighborhood residents, encourages future work, and creates a greater overall impact on the community. This is the second 
Rock the Block held in this Laurel neighborhood since March made possible by collaboration between Sussex Habitat and Laurel residents.   
Earlier this summer, Lowe's generously granted $70,000 to support the Old Town, Laurel neighborhood revitalization initiative that also includes home rehabilitations, financial empowerment workshops, and community clean-up days.  Seaford Lowe's manager Ryan Hogate fully supports the work of Habitat and is honored to be involved stating, "I am happy that our Lowe's employees have this partnership with Sussex Habitat and are able to give back to the local community."  

If you are interested in learning more about Sussex Habitat's commitment to Laurel and other communities, contact Audrey Miller, Neighborhood Revitalization Programs Coordinator, at  302-855-1153 x 217, or  audrey@sussexcountyhabitat.org.
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AmeriCorps members serve Sussex County Habitat for Humanity in vital roles on our construction and repairs sites, in family empowerment and resource development, and at the Georgetown and Lewes ReStores.  On September 1, we welcomed our new AmeriCorps cohort of 20 members who will work hand-in-hand with Habitat staff, volunteers, and partner families.  Orientation, training, and service comprise their first weeks with Sussex Habitat 
One particularly special tradition for our AmeriCorps members comes on September 11th each year-the 9/11 National Day of Service which began in 2002, one year after the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  This year, AmeriCorps members from Sussex County Habitat and Ministry of Caring in New Castle County met together at the Ministry of Caring distribution center where homeless and low-income residents of New Castle County to receive donated living supplies.  Working in three teams, the AmeriCorps members organized and inventoried donations.   One team worked in the large donation area sorting furniture and blankets. Another team organized personal products including shampoo, soap, tissues, and tooth brushes along with socks, gloves, hats, and other cold weather items. In an assembly line, the third group put together packages for distribution to visitors at the center and out in the streets to homeless people. 
AmeriCorps member Kasey Cushing from New Hampshire is assigned to Sussex County Habitat's Family Empowerment Department.  Kasey commented, "It was a really interesting day experiencing another area of service, and seeing how little things like hotel shampoo samples can make someone's month.  That impacted me."  On October 28, Make a Difference Day will bring together AmeriCorps members from all three Delaware counties for a day of service. 
AmeriCorps Member (Full Time): AmeriCorps service is your opportunity to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Habitat AmeriCorps are paid to serve full or part-time helping families build strong and stable homes, while gaining real-world experience. AmeriCorps serve in leadership roles on active build sites, in our affiliate office assisting families, volunteers and staff, or in one of our two Sussex County ReStore locations.
20+ AmeriCorps positions available for 2017-2018 Service Year beginning September 1, 2017
Positions include: Construction Leader, ReStore Associate, Volunteer Coordinator, Communications/PR Coordinator, Affiliate Relations/Events Coordinator, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, and Family Empowerment Coordinator. Click here for a full position description.
Volunteer Voices
Walt Stockel from Miramar Beach, Florida spent the summer volunteering with the Sussex County Habitat regulars.  Walt first began volunteering with Habitat 10 years ago while living in Virginia. When he moved to Florida two years ago he became a regular construction volunteer.  This year while spending the summer at his Bethany Beach home, Walt reached out to Sussex County Habitat to see what volunteer opportunities might be available.  As a result, he became a summer season regular. 
Walt, second from left, working in Milton with the Regulars
Walt enjoyed the Wednesday and Saturday build schedule organized by the Sussex County regulars and looks forward to next summer's building projects.  When asked about his favorite part about volunteering with Sussex County Habitat, Walt pointed at the Sussex Habitat regulars and responded with a big smile on his face, "Working with these dudes!  They know what they are doing; they're funny; and they are so upbeat." 

Seven members of Gardeners by the Sea volunteered in Ellendale where they landscaped new Habitat homes.  During their day of service the women prepared the ground, planted flowers and shrubbery, and mulched.  Based in Bethany Beach, Gardeners by the Sea includes garden enthusiasts of all skill levels. In the past, members from the club created potted gardens that were presented to new Habitat home owners when their houses were finished and dedicated.  We thank the members of Gardeners by the Sea for helping beautify these new Habitat homes.   

One size does not fit all!  B y that we mean, one home design does not meet the needs of every Habitat family or the neighborhood in which the home is built.  As a result, Sussex Habitat primarily constructs four functional home designs including 3 or 4 bedroom ranch-style homes and 3 or 4 bedroom two-story homes. 
We need your suggestions to name each home style for our house-planning materials. 
All affordable Habitat homes are properly constructed and safe.  Features include 1,100 to 1,300 square feet of space, an open concept living area, a covered porch, and energy star appliances.  Homebuyers may choose their preferences for flooring, cabinets, and siding.   Generally, ranch style homes are built in developing communities and rural settings.   Two-story models are built on smaller lots in older, established, downtown neighborhoods where they fit nicely with neighboring homes.    
All suggested house design names must be emailed by September 20th to Resource Development Director Jay Gundy at jay@sussexcountyhabitat.org.  Please include the suggested name and the house design for which it is intended.   The four winning names will be announced on September 24th.  Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to the ReStore. 
Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds
Washington Ave.
Installing Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

14446 Collins St.
Install Railing, Final Grading, Final Inspections 

Lot 12 Collins Street
Install Railing, Final Grading, Final Inspections 

Bay Ave
Started Footers & Foundation

211 Oak
Foundation Work, Start some Framing

209 Market St.
Outside Cleanup, Start some Framing of Closets

  Questions? Ready to Volunteer? 
  E-mail Programs Director Barbara Ward at
or call 302-855-1153 x211

  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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