Adult Spelling Bee 2017

Adult Spelling Bee 2017

Our second Annual Adult Spelling Bee was on April 27th, 2017, and it was a huge success! Teams of four went head-to-head to spell their hearts out, but only one team took home the Champion’s Trophy: the Willow Oak Montessori Wanna Bees! Stay tuned to get involved in 2018!

Special thanks to all our 2017 sponsors:

Queen Bee Sponsor:
Absolute Construction and Development

Worker Bee Sponsors:
Bradshaw Robinson Slawter, LLC
Sonny Keisler

Honeycomb Sponsors:
AirTime Cooling & Heating, Inc.
Belk Building Supply, LLC
Betts Inspection Service
Carolina Insulation & Foam, Inc.
Diane & Marv Cashion
Cooper LP Gas
First Bank – Pittsboro
Mark Hall
C. Adam Lanier, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Marsh Construction
McQuilkin Real Estate
Moore’s Hauling & Grading
Realty World Chatham Properties, Steven Coble
Rufus’s Restaurant
S & J Plumbing and Electrical Supply
San Lee Security
Simmons Hospitality School
Suntrust
Turnberry Interior Design Group
Underfoot Engineering
United Fire and Safety Equipment
Van R. Finch, Land Surveyors
West Chatham NAACP

And to all our wonderful competitors:

The Department of Stupendous Spellers (of Chatham County DSS)
Willow Oak Montessori Wanna Bees
Bee Aggressive (of Chatham Central High School)
Jet Speed (of Jordan Matthews High School)
Dewey Spellum & Howe (of Bradshaw Robinson Salwter, LLC)
Courageous Chatham Bees (of the Chatham County Democratic Women)
The Pittsboro Presbyterian Church Ladies
We Put a Spell on You
Team Spellbound
The Sewing Bee
Saint Bee’s (of Saint Bart’s)
Belles of the Bee
Comma Cons (of Chatham Literacy)
Bee Team
BeeCuz We Care
Charlie and His Absolute Angels (of Absolute Construction and Development)
The Dynamic Duo x2
Purple Rain (of Chatham Charter)

Visit our Facebook Album for photos of each team!

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Houses #124 & #125 are FINISHED!

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2017 Volunteer Award Winners!

Congratulations to all our 2017 Volunteer Award Winners!

Pictured here: Ann Brinkley, Jim Rupkalvis, Becky Peer, Elizabeth Zeringue, Ann Herndon, and Carolyn Hunter.

Not pictured, but still winners: Larry Hazelwood, Linda Zaremba, Doug Kelly, Dixie Kline, and Bill Leroy.

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Pittsboro Mayor Cindy Perry Honors CHFH Americorps Volunteers

On March 27, 2017, Mayor Cindy Perry honored our two Americorps volunteers, Mary O’Brien and Moya Hallstein by issuing a “Proclamation in celebration of the work of volunteers who serve our community with Vista, Americorps, and Senior Corps.

Mary and Moya are about 2/3 of the way through their service year with Chatham Habitat, and their generous spirits and bright smiles make our lives better every day!

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Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is Building Hope!

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department recently joined volunteers on Chatham Habitat for Humanity’s job site to spend the day building swinging hammers.

“I feel the partnership with Habitat and being at the job sites to put in some hands on work allows the community to see their Sheriff’s Office as one who believes in building positive relationships while setting the uniform to the side, putting on our civilian work clothes and getting our hands dirty,” said Captain Steve Maynor of the Sheriff’s Office.

The volunteers worked alongside JR Rierson, the man whose home they were building. “It was great to see the new homeowner who came out not only to work but have genuine conversations with us,” said Maynor. “I left yesterday with a feeling of accomplishment for the work we performed to help Habitat with this project and most importantly a new friend who will move in sometime in the near future.”

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Currently Building: Houses #124 & #125

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Houses # 124 & #125 in Siler City are coming along! Exterior walls are up on House #124, and will soon be on #125 as well. Join us any Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am to lend a hand!

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Farewell to Eva!

A note from Eva Marie Faison, our Summer Intern who just finished her work here:

This summer I was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Summer Resource Development intern at Chatham Habitat for Humanity (CHFH). I am so grateful for every day I spent interning at Chatham Habitat. Over the course of my time here I managed our social media presence, press releases, communicated with donors, aided in event planning, applied for grants, and recorded contributions and donations on our donation database, Etapestry. These highly valuable skills are ones that I will be able to carry with me to aid in future endeavors in non-profit work, which I hope to pursue after college. I have learned so much being a part of the Chatham Habitat organization, the most important of which is the value of community. I so admire the level of commitment CHFH show to their volunteers and donors, and above all the families who apply for Habitat homes. It is inspiring to be included in a group of individuals who have so much passion for providing affordable, safe, decent housing for Chatham families in need. Another aspect of CHFH that I admire is their ability to make every component of the process, big or small, feel significant. Many mornings were spent addressing dozens of envelopes by hand or entering contact information in to excel, which could at times be tedious but it was always met with unfailing gratitude and appreciation from my supervisors and co-workers. It helped me to realize how critical it is to let donors, families, and community members know that they are our priority and that we are working for their specific needs. Some of my most meaningful moments occurred when I was able to get out from behind the desk and try my hand on the construction sites. Seeing the tangible results from the hard work that is being done by Habitat staff and volunteers was so rewarding. It was  humbling to work alongside several of the homeowners in Siler City, all contributing towards the same goal. I want to thank everyone at CHFH for being so welcoming, never failing to make me laugh, and teaching me so many skills that I will able to translate into future jobs. I would encourage everyone whether it’s in the office, the ReStores, or on the construction site to come and volunteer at Chatham Habitat; it was such an amazing experience for me and I know that it would be for others too!IMG_3796

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2015-2016 Impact Report

2015-2016 Impact Report

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Thank You to Our Apostle Build Churches!

As we finish out our July-June fiscal year, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the churches who supported this year’s Apostle Build Fundraiser. A few are pictured above, but there were so many more who stepped up and helped us build the Vazquez Grimaldo Family’s home through their financial contributions and the gift of their time. 

2015-2016 Apostle Build Churches
Alston Chapel United Holy Church
Asbury United Methodist Church
Brown’s Chapel United Methodist Church
Cape Fear Community Youth Group (pictured bottom right)
Chapel in the Pines
Christ United Methodist Church
First Church of God Christian Fellowship
First Missionary Baptist Church
Hamlet Chapel Methodist Church (pictured top right)
Hank’s Chapel Church
Healing Waters Christian Fellowship
Heaven’s Manna Ministerial Alliance
Meroney United Methodist Church
Mitchell Chapel Church
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
New Salem Church
Orange Chatham Ministerial Alliance
Pittsboro Church of God (pictured top left)
Siler City First Baptist Church
Siler City First United Methodist Church
Siler City Presbyterian Church
South Fork Friends Church
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church (pictured bottom left)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pittsboro
The Council of Churches of Siler City
West Chatham Ministerial Alliance
Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Project
Word of Life Christian Outreach Center

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AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders 2016-2017 Service Year

We are excited to introduce our AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders for the 2016-2017 service year! Mary (top) and Moya (bottom) will join our construction team on August 23rd to help us build houses 124 and 125 in Siler City, finish house 123 in Pittsboro, and start house 127 later this fall. 

Mary O’Brien is a social worker, phlebotomist, and EMT who has dedicated her life to helping others. She has extensive experience working with high risk youth, foster children, new parents, the aged, inmates, people in recovery, and people with special needs. Mary has supported Habitat for Humanity since her college years, volunteering in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, and the Dominican Republic. Although her two rescues, Bell the dog and Jazz the cat, keep her busy, Mary also enjoys horseback riding, camping, kayaking, traveling, learning about other cultures, studying naturopathic medicine, and is a martial artist of 15 years. Mary says, “I’m honored, thankful and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with AmeriCorps and hope to continue my life of service through Habitat after my AmeriCorps service year.”

Moya Hallstein describes herself as a cross-pollinator. Her life is rich with a broad diversity of experiences, skills and passions. She has worked as a carpenter for a custom builder, turns wrenches to keep her ’93 Toyota pick-up truck running, and has a thorough background in sustainable, organic farming. She plays the bassoon with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and is bilingual in Spanish after living in Latin America for years. Moya is also a beekeeper and President of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association and she farms part-time, raising chickens to sell eggs and growing garlic, shallots, and leeks. When she has time to play, Moya can be found rock climbing and sailing with her father in New England. Moya says, “I find working with Chatham County Habitat deeply rewarding – connecting with volunteers and families, empowering people through new skills, and coming together in community to build affordable homes. I am super excited to take this work to another level and join the AmeriCorps team.”

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Mary and Moya will be working with us through June of 2017. Please help welcome our new AmeriCorps members to Chatham Habitat!

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