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Habitat Pinellas named a finalist for TBBJ’s “2013 Nonprofit of the Year”

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Tampa Bay Business Journal celebrated its finalists for this year's "Nonprofit of the Year Awards" June 6th at its annual awards luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. We are honored to be included among the 30 finalists named by an independent panel of judges!

This is the fourth consecutive year that we have been named a finalist. Congratulations to our fellow finalists and award winners! We join the Tampa Bay Business Journal in "giving a hand to those who have offered a hand!"

Check out the TBBJ article and entire list of finalists!

PHOTO: Habitat Pinellas CEO and President Barbara Inman, center, receives the finalist recognition at the TBBJ luncheon.

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Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

During this holiday weekend, when many Americans are flying their flags to show their patriotism, we wish to extend thanks to the Office of U.S. Congressman C.W. Bill Young for providing so many of our Habitat homeowners with flags at their home dedications. The flags have been flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., making the gift a treasure for our homeowners. Many thanks to Congressman Young's district representative Shirley Miaoulis, who attends almost every one of our home dedications to present the flags to our homeowners.

In the spirit of this beloved national holiday, we thought you'd enjoy these patriotic quotes!

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"It is sweet to serve one's country by deeds..." -- Sallust

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis

"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me."  -- Lee Greenwood

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." -- William J. Clinton

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." -- Abraham Lincoln

"America did not invent human rights; human rights invented America." -- Jimmy Carter

"I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberty." -- George Washington

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For the 7th straight year, Habitat Pinellas has earned 4-star rating from Charity Navigator!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has received its seventh 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.We are thrilled to announce that Habitat Pinellas has received Charity Navigator's coveted four-star ranking for the seventh consecutive year!

This means you can trust that we are being responsible with your donations.

In his notification letter, Charity Navigator President/CEO Ken Berger writes:  "Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 2 percent of the charities we rate have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County outperforms most other charities in America. This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust." 

We invite you to review the Habitat Pinellas Charity Navigator rating!  We also invite you to check out this interview with Charity Navigator president Ken Berger offering advice to donors in response to the recent Tampa Bay Times article, "America's Worst Charities."    

Thank you for your continued support of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County!

94 cents out of every dollar donated to Habitat Pinellas goes directly to our program!

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Staff volunteers help us on our build sites in our ReStore for Nielsen’s Global Impact Day

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nielsen staff volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County for the company's Global Impact Day on June 13, 2013.On June 13th, a large group of Nielsen staff descended on our build sites and helped out in our ReStore in conjunction with the company's annual "Global Impact Day."

Across the world, thousands of Nielsen associates volunteered to help make a difference in local communities, in parks, food shelters, schools, and more. Of roughly 50,000 Nielsen employees worldwide, over 20,000 spent the day volunteering to make an impact in the communities where they live and work.

At Habitat Pinellas, we were grateful to receive their enthusiastic assistance on our build sites. We were also grateful for the nine Nielsen staffers who were a tremendous help in our ReStore. While our build sites frequently benefit from invaluable support from many corporate volunteer groups, our ReStore rarely receives group support. ReStore Manager Doug DuPont was especially enjoying the extra help and had no trouble putting the team to work!

Many thanks to our friends at Nielsen for spending their Global Impact Day helping Habitat Pinellas!

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How Duke’s Energy Building Incentives Benefit Habitat Pinellas

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How Habitat Pinellas Earns Cash incentives from Duke Energy's Home Advantage program.Gary Cook of Duke Energy recently visited our office to present Habitat Pinellas COO Ron Spoor with a "large" reimbursement check as part of Duke Energy's Home Advantage program. 

According to Gary, Habitat Pinellas was the first builder in the Pinellas County area to fully adopt the Energy Star building requirements into all of its new construction. For five years, we have participated consistently in  the Home Advantage incentive program and, during that time, we've have been rewarded with periodic reimbursement checks, which go right back into our program. The Home Advantage program has been a "win-win" for both our program and our homeowners who save on their energy bills because of these building practices.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  The Home Advantage program from Duke Energy allows builders to earn cash incentives for constructing energy-efficient homes that exceed Florida’s Energy Code and/or ENERGY STAR® requirements.  By incorporating various energy-efficient features into new or remodeled homes, you may qualify for Duke Energy’s cash incentives. To learn more about the program, visit the Home Advantage from Duke Energy web pages or call 1.877.426.0004.

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