12 things your donations support that aren’t home materials

Here at Habitat for Humanity Capital District, your donations help build affordable homes throughout Albany, Southern Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties. But did you know your donations help support so much more?  Your contributions also help facilitate the construction and homebuyer preparation processes as well as support volunteers on the construction site.  Check out the list below to better understand how we utilize your donations to support our mission of building strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Construction Support 1. Construction planning—There is a lot that goes into the construction of a home before any building even begins.  Hiring architects and engineers, obtaining permits, and getting blueprints drawn up are just some examples of what is involved in the pre-building phase. 2. Construction tools—Your donations help to buy tools and rent equipment, both of which are necessary for construction. Providing our volunteers with the right tools they need to get the job done allows them to work smarter, not harder.   3. Construction site furnishings— All of our build sites are staged with equipment that allow us to build efficiently and effectively. This includes tool trailers to house equipment, temporary construction fencing to keep the area safe from pedestrians, and temporary […]

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Supporting something good

Officially starting his regular volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity Capital District back in 2006, Ralph Marino is a regular construction volunteer with the Tuesday/Wednesday crew.  Since the start of his involvement with Habitat, Ralph has taken part in nearly all phases of construction on a variety of different homes.  Things such as setting floor joists, building walls, completing drywall, installing and finishing stairs, and putting in doors are things that Ralph has become fairly comfortable doing.  “I’ve come to like installing doors the most,” Ralph says.  “It is something that I always look forward to.” With all of the different tasks that Ralph has been assigned to over the years, he has learned a lot of different construction techniques, many of which he can use throughout all aspects of his life.  In addition to all that he has learned, one thing that Ralph really enjoys about his involvement with Habitat is being able to work with so many different people. “I enjoy working with people,” Ralph says.  “And with the Tuesday crew, many of the same people have been volunteering for years.  Many of us have become close friends.  I always look forward to volunteering and spending some time […]

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Habitat Celebrates and Announces New Projects

In case you did not know, we were pretty busy this past week. While enjoying the warmer winter weather, we had two great events in Albany. We celebrated our fourteen homes on Sheridan Avenue. We also held a press conference with the Albany County Land Bank to announce our partnership to rehab five homes. Both these events highlighted some of the exciting things we are working on in the community.    Our first fourteen homes in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood are almost done. We wanted to celebrate with our new homeowners before the holiday season and We invited all our supporters, partners, local elected officials, friends and homeowners together to celebrate the significance of this accomplishment. We had some great speakers at the event, including Charles Touhey of the Touhey Homeownership Foundation, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Creating those places where families can thrive is something that Habitat is committed to because it’s about more than just a home,” Mayor Sheehan said. “It’s about providing that environment, that investment that demonstrates that we as a community care, that we understand the importance of having a home.” We were also fortunate to hear from two of our Sheridan Hollow homeowners, Ethel and Rushel. They […]

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9 Reasons why Habitat is Participating in #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a week away and we’re getting ready for an exciting day. If didn’t see the article about us in the Times Union, we have a lot going on and it is a great way for us to share the news. Here are some of the main reasons why we are participating in #GivingTuesday .  Global Attention: Over 30,000 nonprofit organizations in 68 countries participate in #GivingTuesday. All the online attention makes it an excellent opportunity to expand our outreach and let more people know about the great things going on here at Habitat. Celebrate Giving:  We have a day to give thanks and two days for getting deals. Now, we have a day for giving. We want to begin the holiday season with an emphasis on giving and promote a philanthropic spirit. Build Awareness: There is a need for affordable housing. We are committed to building affordable and sustainable homes for lower-income households. We help break the cycle of poverty and fulfill the dream of homeownership to a household that needs a safe place to live.  Recognize Our Accomplishments: We had an amazing year! We completed our 100th home. We dedicated our Fox Hollow site in Troy. We are about to wrap up another ReHabitat house […]

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Our Americorps NCCC Team Leader Kim Shares her story on her Habitat experience

For the past couple months, we’ve had the pleasure to have the Raven 2 AmeriCorps NCCC team working on our Sheridan Hollow construction site. They are a fantastic contribution to our team, and we appreciate all of their hard work. We asked Kim, the team leader, to share her story on her experience working with us.  “When I first learned that I would be in Albany serving with Habitat for Humanity, I envisioned the team working on one house from the ground up. I was excited to learn all that was going to go into the house. I soon learned that there would be many houses that we would be working on. Our project consists of many row houses in Sheridan Hollow. Why row houses? When you move into a new community you want to fit in, this includes your new home. Habitat has acknowledged this and has been able to accommodate for it. Our first few days we learned a lot about Habitat. One misconception that I had was that the houses built are given away to families, I learned that this is not the case. Families buy their Habitat homes at the price it costs to build their home. In […]

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