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Habitat Pinellas ReStore will be open Good Friday, April 18th!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In observance of Good Friday, our Habitat Pinellas administrative offices will be closed. However, our ReStore will be open for its regular 9 AM - 5 PM hours on Good Friday, and also on Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM.

The doors will be open for our ReStore customers and we will be receiving donations.

Thank you for your support of the Habitat ReStore, which recycles your gently-used donations into money to keep Habitat Pinellas building in our community!

All of us at Habitat Pinellas wish you a blessed and peaceful Easter. 

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We salute our volunteers during National Volunteer Week and all year long!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This year is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a program of the Points of Light national volunteer network that emphasizes the importance of recognizing our country's volunteers and the impact they make everyday in our communities across the U.S.

National Volunteer Week reminds us that through volunteerism, we are taking action in the direction of positive change in our communities.

We at Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County count our blessings each and every day for the generous spirit of our volunteers who number nearly 5,000 strong each year! As we build and rehab an average of 30 homes every year, we depend on these volunteers to help us raise the roof for our Habitat families.

Thank you Habitat Pinellas volunteers!

Photo:  Bill Van Law, Investment Advisors Division President at Raymond James Financial was recently volunteering with several other Raymond James employees at the build site of the Mathew home in St. Petersburg, which his company is sponsoring.  

* See more photos of Raymond James volunteers working on the Mathew family home in our
PICASA web album!

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The Habitat Pinellas staff welcomes its new CEO, Michael Sutton!

Friday, March 28, 2014

After their long-time CEO Barbara Inman departed last August for her exciting new position as Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Florida state support organization, Habitat Pinellas has officially welcome their new CEO, Michael Sutton! Michael officially reported for duty on March 17th and marked his first day on the job by helping us celebrate the dedication of the Bogdan family home.

We look forward to continued good governance and leadership of the Habitat Pinellas affiiate with Michael at the helm!

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Clearwater, FL –  February 21, 2014 – After an extensive national search, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has named Michael Sutton as the nonprofit organization’s new chief executive officer,  effective March 24, 2014.

Prior to his selection as CEO, Sutton was the executive vice president and chief development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando Counties.

Sutton is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and has a strong background in the non-profit sector, including Habitat for Humanity.  Previous to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Michael worked for Habitat for Humanity of Bryan/College Station, Texas, from 2005-2009 as director of development and served on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Texas state support organization.

A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Sutton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida a nd received his Certificate in Fundraising Management through Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. In 2010, Sutton was honored as an “Up & Comer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. 

“In addition to his expertise in development, Michael brings with him a passion for the Habitat mission,” said Victoria Tylman, chair of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s board of directors.

Sutton replaces Barbara Inman, who served as Habitat Pinellas CEO and president from 2003-2010. Inman was named executive director for the Habitat for Humanity of Florida state support organization last August.

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HSN hosts Charity Golf Tournament and Partners Gala benefitting Habitat Pinellas March 27-28, 2014!

Friday, March 28, 2014

This year our friends at HSN Cares have named Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County the beneficiary of their 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Partners Gala. The gala, "Noche Blanca," was held Thursday evening, March 27th, and the tournament was held Friday, March 28th at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club. 

Our new CEO, Michael Sutton, and Chief Development Officer Christine Sabo, attended the elegant gala Thursday night, and Habitat was well-represented on the green with a foursome that included Michael Sutton, VP of Construction Ken Rush, ReStore Manager Doug DuPont and Development Manager Connor Davis.

"The HSN Cares Golf tournament was a HUGE success today!," said Michael Sutton. "Habitat will be able to build another home in partnership with a deserving family! Thanks to Mindy Grossman and her amazing team at HSN!"

THANK YOU HSN for your ongoing support of Habitat Pinellas!

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Raymond James Financial honored as Habitat Partner of the Year at Blueprint gala.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Picasa Web Album of Raymond James volunteers

CLEARWATER, FL – March 20, 2014 – In recognition of its nine-year partnership supporting Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s affordable homeownership program, Raymond James Financial was honored as “Habitat Partner of the Year” during the nonprofit’s inaugural Blueprint gala, March 15, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James Financial, accepted the “Golden Hammer” award on behalf of Raymond James from Habitat Pinellas board chair Victoria Tylman.

“Habitat Pinellas has been a major beneficiary of Raymond James’ generosity in this community,” said Tylman. “Our partnership began with a single contribution to Habitat Pinellas and has grown dramatically over the years. Because of their extraordinary commitment to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, we are honored to present Raymond James with the Golden Hammer Award as our Habitat Partner of the Year.”

Since 2005, Raymond James employees have given close to 2,700 volunteer hours building Habitat Pinellas homes and the company has contributed nearly $350,000 to the nonprofit. To date, Raymond James Financial has sponsored five Habitat Pinellas homes, including a home this spring that recently began construction in St. Petersburg.

Since construction began on the current Raymond James sponsored home in mid-February, company employees have already tallied more than 300 volunteer hours on the build site. On Saturday, March 22, more hours will be accrued when a team of Raymond James employees, including Investment Advisors Division president Bill Van Law, will be painting interior walls at the build site. The home is scheduled for completion by mid-April and will be dedicated in early May.

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PHOTO:  From left, Paul Reilly, CEO, Raymond James Financial, Ron Spoor, COO, Habitat Pinellas and Victoria Tylman, board chair, Habitat Pinellas.

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