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Build like a girl at the Habitat Pinellas “Girl PowerHouse” this fall!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We've had a powerful response to our Girl PowerHouse appeal for volunteers and ALL SLOTS ARE FULL!

Special thanks to everyone who signed up and to several teams including:  Valpak Direct Marketing, Tampa Bay Adventures – Meetup.com, Nielson, Tibbetts Lumber, Women in Networking and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach!

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s “Girl PowerHouse” is an effort organized by women and “powered” by women volunteers who want to be actively involved with addressing the problem of substandard housing in our Pinellas County community.  Women volunteers come together from all walks of life to swing hammers and raise the roof to build secure, affordable homes where children and families can thrive.  More PowerHouse details!

Check us out on Facebook for progress and "girl power" pics of the PowerHouse starting October 10th!

Questions about the PowerHouse? Please contact volunteer coordinator Linzy at 727-536-4755, ext. 208.

YOU CAN STILL HELP US BUILD THE POWERHOUSE!  Even though all the volunteer slots are full, you can still help us build the Girl PowerHouse with a $50 “square foot” contribution!  You can contribute online or send a check written to Habitat Pinellas to 13355 49th Street N., Clearwater, FL 33762.

Girl PowerHouse sponsorships are also available. Please email Christine Sabo for sponsor details or call 727-536-4755, x 220.

The Girl PowerHouse is sponsored by the Habitat Pinellas "Hammers & Heels" giving circle. Learn more about how you can support our mission through Hammers & Heels!

Thank you for your support of our Girl PowerHouse and the mission of Habitat for Humanity!.

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Former Habitat Pinellas CEO Inman honored with Central Pinellas Chamber “Inspire” award!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Congratulations to our former CEO, Barbara Inman, who was honored with the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce "Inspire" award! Barbara provided excellent leadership for Habitat Pinellas from 2003 - 2013, leaving Habitat Pinellas to become CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Florida, the state's support organization for nearly 60 affiliates.

This spring our affiliate welcomed its new CEO, Mike Sutton, who is committed to guiding Habitat Pinellas to not only continue the high standards established by Barbara, but also to further its goals to serve even more families in our community.

Click here to read the nomination letter.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, Cindy Paquin, Communications/Events Director

Inspire Award Winners Announced 

LARGO, FL -- August 13, 2014 --  The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce shined the spotlight on seven individuals at its recent 6th Annual Inspire Awards Luncheon at Largo Public Library.   Multiple nominations were submitted in honor of people who make a difference in our region.  Of these nominations, seven were selected for this year’s awards.
           
The 6th Annual Inspire Award Winners are as follows:

• Barbara Inman of Habitat For Humanity – A quote from Barbara’s nomination letter says, “Barbara’s leadership and passion has refined the lives of families across Pinellas County.”
• Summer Dodge of YMCA of the Suncoast – A quote from Summer’s nomination letter says, “Summer’s innovative efforts promoting health and wellness are enhancing lives.”
• Karis Turner of Camelot Community Care – A quote from the Karis’s nomination letter says, “Karis’s tireless support of children, women and families has brightened the future for many.”
• Joan Byrne of the City of Largo – A quote from Joan’s nomination letter says, “Joan’s vision and resolve to re-design community recreation in the City of Largo serves as a model for all.”
• Gretchen Gallagher of SPCA Tampa Bay– A quote from Gretchen’s nomination letter says, “Gretchen’s success in uniting women for a cause is an inspiration to our community.”
• Marty Lanahan of Regions Bank – A quote from Marty’s nomination letter says, “Marty’s enthusiasm and zest for life encourages success in others.”
• Paul Gibson of Piper Fire Protection – A quote from Paul’s nomination letter says, “Paul’s ability to overcome challenges and achieve success has brought pride and inspiration to many.”

            The 6th Annual Inspire Awards were sponsored by DEX Imaging, Greater Largo Library Foundation, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Largo Medical Center, MedExpress at Largo Mall, Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, PA, Pure Life Medi-Spa and T-Mobile.  The Chamber would like to thank Tammy Robiconti of Largo Medical Center for emceeing the event.

Photo:  From left, Habitat Pinellas VP Communications Robin Macar, Habitat Florida CEO Barbara Inman and Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton.

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We’re dedicating three Habitat homes this week in St. Pete, Clearwater and Largo!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wow! We're going to be very busy celebrating this week as we dedicate three Habitat homes for famiies in St. Pete, Clearwater and Largo! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped us build these homes, and also to the home sponsors, Bank of America (Arthur and Jones) and Everbank (Smith)!

Please join us in welcoming the Arnold, Jones and Smith families home!

ARTHUR HOME DEDICATION
Tuesday, August 13, 2014

9:00 - 10:00 AM
5539 5th Avenue N., St. Pete

JONES HOME DEDICATION
Wednesday, August 12

5:00 - 6:00 PM
8971 Dream Way, Largo

SMITH HOME DEDICATION
Saturday, August 16

9:00 - 10:00 AM
1839 Pineland Dr., Clearwater

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Habitat Pinellas introduces Hammers & Heels!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

We are excited to introduce our new women's giving circle, "Hammers & Heels!"  Hammers & Heels is an exceptional group of women with a desire to impact the mission of Habitat for Humanity through philanthropy.

Hammers & Heels members are dedicated to supporting the work that Habitat Pinellas does throughout our county through strategic, intentional giving that invests in select projects that maximize the impact of our Habitat programs.

We are also thrilled to have Judy Mitchell, former president/owner of Peter R. Brown Construction, as our honorary chair to "kick-start" Hammers & Heels.

In a recent announcement about the launch of Hammers & Heels Judy said:
"For several years, my husband, Jeff, served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. During those years, I was fortunate to have a ringside seat to observe how Habitat truly succeeds in its affordable home building program, providing “a hand up, not a hand out” and making a life-changing difference for low-income families right here in our Pinellas community.

And now, I have an opportunity to help Habitat Pinellas put hardworking families on the road to a brighter future.  As this year’s Honorary Chair for the launch of Hammers & Heels, I’ll be leading a group of amazing women who desire to make an impact through collective giving.  I invite you to join me as an inaugural member of Hammers & Heels and look forward to welcoming you at our member event in the fall."

Member benefits include a signature member gift, member-only social and educational programs, "insider" tours of homes and build sites, participation in annual women's events and more.

Click here to learn more about Hammers & Heels!

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Habitat Pinellas dedicates its 304th home and celebrates with the Nielsen family!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

See more pics in our PICASA Album!

The handprints in the concrete walkway that leads to the Nielsen family's new home say it all:  'this is MY house!' And so on August 2nd, the three-year-old boy who laid his claim to the home during construction joined his mom, Kristina Nielsen, to make it official.

A crowd of family, friends, Habitat staff and supporters gathered  to share the love and dedicate the St. Pete home for the Nielsen family, beginning with a prayer from Habitat Pinellas board member Tamara Davis, also a Habitat homeowner. The young and very sweet "master" of the home and his equally as sweet mom received several welcome gifts including a symbolic hammer from a volunteer who helped build the home, Juan Saa. Gifts were also presented by Juneau Collier of Valpak and Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist ChurchPinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice presented a flag to Kristina and Sarah Miller of HSN presented a bible signed by all in attendance. The family also received a welcome mat donated by Andrea Stark Home and presented by future Habitat homeowners, Antoinette Smith and her son.

The home was sponsored by Habitat Pinellas' "Havana Nights" fundraising gala and the house key was presented by gala committee member and Habitat Pinellas board member Mary-Ellen Howells.

Thank you to all who helped celebrate this beautiful day with Kristina and her son, and a great big thanks to all the volunteers who helped built their home. We also thank the  "Havana Nights" sponsors (HSN, Quorum, Bayfront Medical, Adamo & Associates Realty Executives, EverBank, Florida Forest Products, Joe and Gina Fontana, Hill Ward Henderson, Mary-Ellen Howells, Scott and Julie Klavans, Pinellas County Housing Authority, Progress Energy, Skip and Vicki Tylman) and all the event supporters who made the sponsorship possible!

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