March 8th is International Women’s Day! This is a global day of recognition and celebration connecting women from around the world. Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.
“Around the world, women are an integral part of Habitat for Humanity’s mission — as community leaders, volunteers, homeowners and donors,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We join the international community in recognizing this special day through events that celebrate the many ways women help further Habitat’s mission to create a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.”
On average, women are disproportionately impacted by inadequate and unsafe housing. International Women’s Day calls attention to the plight of women struggling to provide decent shelter for their families while celebrating the achievements women have made in breaking the cycle of poverty through proper shelter.
Every year, Habitat for Humanity Capital District participates in Women Build, a week-long initiative to get more women involved with Habitat for Humanity’s mission! Check our Events page soon for details on this years Women Build.
To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit www.internationalwomensday.com.
As a part of our 25th anniversary, Habitat is publishing a series of narratives on the exciting history and growth of our organization. Our second piece will focus on where we build – past, present and future!
In 1990, our first family, the Villages, moved into their rehabilitated home on Stephen Street in the South End of Albany. We have continued building in the South End, as well as in several different neighborhoods and cities across the Capital District.
Albany’s South End has been a major focus for Habitat throughout its history. Not only is the South End the location for our first home, but also several other properties on Stephen Street, O’Dell Street and 3rd Avenue. Our largest project in that neighborhood, however, is ”Morton’s Walk” on Alexander Street and Delaware Street, which includes 16 beautiful new homes, transforming a once vacant block into a community.
We also have a large presence in North Albany. Over several years, Habitat created a community for 16 homeowners on Emmett Street and neighboring Pearl Street, Broadway Avenue, Albany Street and Mohawk Street.
Looking forward, Habitat will be building 60 new homes in Sheridan Hollow in downtown Albany as part of our largest project yet! While Habitat will build all 60 homes, our partners at the Touhey Homeownership Foundation will fund half of those homes - each phase will include 10 Habitat homes and 10 Touhey homes. The Sheridan Hollow Redevelopment Project will not only include affordable homeownership opportunities, but also quality rental housing, new retail and commercial investments, streetscape improvements, an improved park and rededicated veterans memorial, as well as enhanced public safety and neighborhood revitalization.
In 2012, Rensselaer County joined forces with Albany County and merged with Habitat for Humanity Capital District. Prior to the merger of the two affiliates, Rensselaer County Habitat had built sixteen houses, several of which are located in north and central Troy.
Now, as one united affiliate, we are currently venturing into South Troy. Our “Fox Hollow” at Burden Avenue and Cross Street will boast fourteen homes with park space in the center so that our homeowners have a safe and easily observable place for their children to play.
Over the past 25 years Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built 86 homes in both Albany County and Rensselaer County, and we will close on our 100th house as part of our Sheridan Hollow project in 2015. It’s been a productive and exciting 25 years, and we are looking forward to continued success in the next 25 years!
Take a look at the map below for all of our completed homes!
*Houses not shown on the above map:
49.5 Alexander Street, Albany NY 12202
45.5 Alexander Street, Albany NY 12202
For a more in depth look at our 25 years, check out our first narrative celebrating our 25th anniversary here!
Are you looking for a new and exciting way to get involved with your community?! We are always looking for more Crew Leaders to work on our construction sites!
A Crew Leader is a volunteer who is willing to lead a group of volunteers in a construction task that they feel comfortable teaching and supervising. Crew Leaders are also responsible for helping us maintain a happy, safe and productive work site.
Our next Crew Leader orientation has been scheduled for March 18th, 2014! For more information or to RSVP go to our events page or click on the link below!
Our mascot Bailey was on site today in Fox Hollow with students from Siena College’s Habitat Club! They were chosen to take part in her monthly blog post: Bailey’s Builders!
March 3, 2014
Bailey Chase reporting live from Fox Hollow on this fine first day of March! I woke up bright and early today missing my mid-morning nap and even skipping breakfast because I was so excited to get to site and meet a new group of volunteers! Today I will be speaking with Joe Morvillo and Robert Scagnelli of the Siena College Habitat Club. Joe is a junior at Siena majoring in Biology and is the Vice President of Local Volunteering for the Habitat Club. Robert is also a junior majoring in Biology and hopes to run for a position within the club next year!
You guys have a great turn out of about 12 volunteers today! How many students are in your Habitat Club?
Joe: A lot…about 100 or so.
So guys, why did you decide to join the Habitat Club at Siena College?
Joe: I like to do volunteer work and the construction environment is what I prefer so the club was a good fit!
Robert: I really like to serve my community and give back. I also like anything involving working with my hands. I went on the Alternative Spring Break trip last year to Kentucky through the club and it was such a great experience.
I personally am well prepared for the winter because of all this fur but you humans probably can’t wait to get out of the Capital District to volunteer somewhere warm! Are you going anywhere this year?
Joe: Yes, there were a few different options this year. About 12 of us will be going to Myrtle Beach next Saturday!
That’s great! How do you guys pay for your Spring Break volunteer trip?
Joe: We do fundraising for it so it’s affordable. Our big fundraiser is “Mr. Siena”, it’s like a beauty pageant for guys that we do every year. We raised a record high of over $5,000 with it this year!
Now for the really important question…what is your favorite food?
Joe: Definitely sushi or any kind of Italian food.
Robert: That’s really tough…I guess Buffalo wings!
That’s all for me today, folks. A big sloppy kiss to the Siena Habitat Club for building with us today in Troy and answering all my questions. It’s time for some grub and a nice long nap! Until next month, woof!
This fall, Karen Walp from Lansingburgh High School reached out to us on behalf of one of her students, Joe, who had an interest in construction. Since then, Joe has been coming to Fox Hollow to build along side our staff and Grey Hairs (a group of regular, retired volunteers) once a week. He has worked mainly with AJ, our assistant site supervisor.
AJ has worked with Joe on sanding, caulking and painting, just to name a few! When asked about working with Joe, AJ said, “He listens well and fixes things well…I like teaching (people) the right way to do things”. Al, our site manager, has also had great things to say about working with Joe on site, “He follows directions well and gives his hall. He’s found his comfort zone and as long as he’s busy, he’s good”!
Karen has seen huge improvements in Joe since starting to work on site with our staff and volunteers, “His self esteem has improved which is huge for him. He has also learned more responsibility. He loves working with AJ, they have a lot in common”.
Originally, Joe’s father sparked his interest in construction and it has grown to include car maintenance as well. Joe also likes snowmobiling and anything that requires getting your hands dirty! We look forward to continuing to watch Joe grow on our site!
Interested in becoming a regular volunteer? Call us at 462-2993 or sign up online by clicking here!