Collegiate Challenge 2015

Collegiate Challenge is a national program that allows college students from across the country to spend their Spring Break volunteering at Habitat sites away from home. It’s a great program for the students because it allows them a chance to make new friends, learn some construction skills, and learn about a community other than their own. It’s also great for us at Chatham Habitat for a number of reasons: each student makes a $75 contribution to CHFH, and while they are here, our energy changes–regular volunteers and staff are excited, and we get so much work done in just a week! This year, we had three groups of students in March. They accomplished so much, and their enthusiasm was contagious!

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GridFree! NC Donates First Solar Array to Chatham Habitat

 

 GridFree! NC has completed the installation of a donated 2.5 kW rooftop solar array on the Balderas Family’s home in Bear Creek, North Carolina.

The array is a pilot effort by Chatham Habitat for Humanity to explore the possibility of making solar arrays part of as many home builds as possible in the county.

According to the utility trade organization the Edison Electric Institute, low income families spend between 15 and 20 percent of their income on energy costs – compared to about 2 – 5% or less in spending in medium to high income households. The array on the Chatham Habitat house will significantly reduce that energy burden on the owner family. Homes built by Habitat for Humanity are already extremely energy efficient, with electric bills often staying below $60 per month. A 2.5kW array could produce an average of 318 kilowatt hours of energy per month, or about $35 worth of electricity. In spring and fall months, the home could even approach net zero electric consumption – meaning their energy production will match or exceed usage by the home.

We had a great time working with GridFreeNC! during this installation! Our staff and volunteers were able to learn a lot about solar power while working on this project, and our last Collegiate Challenge group got to see the panels go up! We’re looking forward to future opportunities to include solar panels on other homes.

About GridFree! NC

GridFree! NC is a nonprofit organization operating in North Carolina. The organization installs traditional solar arrays on residential and commercial roofs, and donates funds from installations to help low income families go solar for free, or at minimal cost.

For more information, please visit our website at www.gridfreenc.org

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GridFree! NC Donates First Solar Array to Chatham Habitat

GridFree! NC has completed the installation of a donated 2.5 kW rooftop solar array on the Balderas Family’s home in Bear Creek, North Carolina.

The array is a pilot effort by Chatham Habitat for Humanity to explore the possibility of making solar arrays part of as many home builds as possible in the county.

According to the utility trade organization the Edison Electric Institute, low income families spend between 15 and 20 percent of their income on energy costs – compared to about 2 – 5% or less in spending in medium to high income households. The array on the Chatham Habitat house will significantly reduce that energy burden on the owner family. Homes built by Habitat for Humanity are already extremely energy efficient, with electric bills often staying below $60 per month. A 2.5kW array could produce an average of 318 kilowatt hours of energy per month, or about $35 worth of electricity. In spring and fall months, the home could even approach net zero electric consumption – meaning their energy production will match or exceed usage by the home.

We had a great time working with GridFreeNC! during this installation! Our staff and volunteers were able to learn a lot about solar power while working on this project, and our last Collegiate Challenge group got to see the panels go up! We’re looking forward to future opportunities to include solar panels on other homes.

 About GridFree! NC

GridFree! NC is a nonprofit organization operating in North Carolina. The organization installs traditional solar arrays on residential and commercial roofs, and donates funds from installations to help low income families go solar for free, or at minimal cost.

For more information, please visit our website at www.gridfreenc.org

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Collegiate Challenge 2015: Saint Vincent College

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We’d like to formally welcome these 29 students from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania to North Carolina!

Collegiate Challenge is a nation-wide program that creates opportunities for college students to take Alternate Spring Break trips to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country. The students stay at Camp Royall in Pittsboro and work on our Construction sites for a week–they go home with great memories, construction skills, and new friends.

This group arrived (driving through six inches of snow!) on Sunday, and they began work in Pittsboro, Bear Creek, and Siler City today. We’re so glad that these students chose to come to North Carolina rather than a beach in Florida!

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Women Build 2015: Wednesday, May 6th

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Prescription Take-Back Day March 21st

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Did you know that some of the most addictive, dangerous drugs out there are often readily available to teens? Misuse of prescription drugs is prevalent among today’s youth–in a 2014 study, nearly 20% of high school students reporting abusing prescription drugs in the past year (source). Look in your own medicine cabinet. Do you have leftover painkillers from an injury or surgery? Please consider disposing of them properly to help keep them out of the hands of our youth.

Speaking of, do you know how to properly dispose of medication? Please, by all means, don’t flush it down the toilet! Flushing medications introduces pharmaceutical substances to our water system, which can negatively affect aquatic life and water quality.

In partnership with Chatham Cares Pharmacy, we’re hosting a medication take-back day here at Chatham Habitat on March 21st from 9-1 in the morning. The Sheriff’s Office will be here to properly dispose of your unused or expired medications, which is the most responsible choice you can make.

 

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‘Tis the Season!

10846020_877381235635763_3038254967666637383_nChristmas has arrived at the ReStore! Our annual Christmas Sale was this past Saturday, and our unofficial ReStore mascot “Buck” is decorated for the season! Buck was donated to the ReStore, and instead of selling him, our regular crew of volunteers decided to keep him in the back room. So far, he has been decorated for Halloween, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Thanksgiving, and now Christmas.

Stop by the ReStore today to check out the remaining Christmas items for sale!

 

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Why Small Houses? Read On!

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Do you have an amazon account? Would you like for a percentage of ALL of your purchases to go to Chatham Habitat?!

If so, please click here!! 

Once you have signed up, 0.05% of all your proceeds will come straight to Chatham Habitat!

Please call Anna Spears at (919) 542-0794 x222 if you have any questions or need help connecting your Amazon account with Chatham Habitat.

Thanks! And Happy Shopping!

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Two New Homes Dedicated

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Edit & Maria Louisa, representing both of the families, cut the cake they shared at the dedication

Last week, we dedicated two homes in Siler City–the Bacilio/Martinez Family and the Castillo Family homes. Both families have been working so hard for months to finish their sweat equity hours and homeownership classes, and they’re so ready to move in!

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Representative Robert Rieves shares a few words of congratulations

We’d like to thank several people who came to these events and spoke eloquently about the meaning of a Habitat home. Thank you to Mr. Thom Iglesworth, one of Chatham Habitat’s founding Board Members. Thom joined us from Greensboro to talk about the impact that CHFH has made on our community over the last 25 years.

We’d also like to thank Chatham County Commissioner Brian Bock, who joined us to welcome this family to their new home. Brian spoke briefly and quoted the movie Life is Beautiful, giving the family a gift of bread, wine, and salt.
BrianAdditionally, we welcomed Representative Robert Rieves and Candidate for NC’s 2nd District Clay Aiken, both of whom offered kind words and generous congratulations to the families.
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We’re so honored to have such a wonderful community to support our families as they become homeowners, and the dedications are always such a nice way to celebrate that.

Thanks for everyone who joined us, and congratulations to our two new families!!

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