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Holy Hammers Hits $1M Habitat Sponsorship Milestone in 2014

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This year, Holy Hammers™ has reached the $1M mark for funds raised and given to sponsor Twin Cities Habitat homes. The Ecumenical coalition of local churches has partnered with Habitat for the past 16 years, providing funding and volunteers to help build homes for families. This week, they're kicking off their 2014 build at 663 Edmund Avenue in the local Frogtown area.

Volunteer Week - That's a Wrap!

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We wanted to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers and supporters that participated in our Volunteer Appreciation Week activities! We're very excited that a number of you decided to sign up to help on future builds, repairs projects and events, which will make this upcoming season a true success. 

Volunteer Appreciation Week | Longtime Volunteer Profile

Jim Ramberg

Jim Ramberg is one of our most active volunteers at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. He has been volunteering with Habitat for almost 18 years and started after retiring from a 20+ year career as a chemical engineer at 3M.  The 3Mgives Volunteer Alumni have been around since 1996, have built 64 Habitat homes from start to finish and had a hand in 90 more.   Jim (pictured right in the photo below) has been a part of the crew from the beginning and he even remembers the first project which was a house on the East side of St. Paul. 

Volunteer Appreciation Week | New Volunteer Profile

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Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity offers up a wide range of volunteer opportunities and involves individuals and groups from all over the metro area.  Some volunteers have been around for over 15 years and keep coming back, while new volunteers join the Habitat family each day. What inspires people to volunteer with habitat can vary as much as our volunteers do, but most agree that it allows them to do something meaningful, and gives them a sense of satisfaction. 

Volunteer Appreciation Week| Highlighted Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are integrated in all parts of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.  From building and repairing homes in the Homebuilding and A Brush With Kindness programs to working directly with homebuyers in our Family Service department, there are numerous options for all sorts of volunteers. For those of you who are new to Habitat or have been around for years, we’ve always got new and exciting ways to be involved! Here are some volunteer opportunities we’d like to highlight.

Volunteer Appreciation Week | Office Volunteers

Connie, office volunteer

We know how hard it is to commit to a full day of volunteering. Work + school + family + other obligations = a busy schedule. While we depend on our construction, A Brush with Kindness, and ReStore volunteers to get work done, we also depend on our committed office volunteers.

Volunteer Appreciation Week | ReStore

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If volunteering on one of our construction sites isn’t your thing we encourage you to help out at the Twin Cities Habitat ReStore. Our staff and volunteers accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to DIYers and bargain shoppers alike with all proceeds going toward building more homes for area families in need. Ultimately we provide a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.

Volunteer Appreciation Week | A Brush with Kindness volunteer

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Twin Cities Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program is a home preservation service that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services for homeowners in need. The goal is to help low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who struggle with day to day maintenance, reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. A Brush with Kindness serves as a companion to our core building services, enabling our organization to serve more families and increase opportunities for volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteer Appreciation Week | Regular Crews


On Thursday, March 20th, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity hosted an event at our new office for the crew leaders of our Regular Crews. The guests were celebrated for their dedicated work, given a tour of the new building, and presented a construction road map on our future building plans. The highlight of the night was the sharing of numerous construction stories, which provided more than a few laughs. Groups represented at the event were Dakota Crew, AWBK Regulars, 3M Gives Retirees, St. Andrew’s Crew, Northwest Regulars, St. Paul Regulars, General Mills Alumni, and the North Central Crew.

Creating A Brush with Kindness and building a legacy

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This summer Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is going to hit a milestone. Volunteers and staff will make repairs and help restore the 1,700th Twin Cities home through the A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. Three special people deserve extra recognition for all they've done to grow this program over the years: Gwen Leifeld, Dick Seitz and Pat Lund. All three have been a part of ABWK since the beginning.

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