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Double the fun! We dedicated 2 homes on Saturday!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ross-Allen Picasa album link

Wolfe-Gamble Picasa album link

Congratulations to the Ross-Allen family and the Wolfe-Gamble family on the dedication of your new Habitat homes in St. Pete this past Saturday!

Special thanks to Wolfe-Gamble home sponsor Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation and to Collegiate Challenge Spring Build student volunteers who spent their spring break week helping build the home! Participating schools included: Pennsylvania State University, Perdue University, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Lord Fairfax Community College, Rollins College and Goffstown High. Many thanks also to contributing sponsor of the Ross-Allen family home, Bank of America.

The Ross-Allen dedication took place at 9 a.m. and included a flag presentation by Shirley Miaoulis, District Representative for the Office of US Congressman CW Bill Young. David Lenz, CPE, American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) presented the key to the home to the Ross-Allen family, and Reverend Chuck Harley of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church blessed the home.

The Wolfe-Gamble home dedication was held at 11 a.m. Assisting Shirley Miaoulis with the flag presentation was Joshua Johnson, City of St. Petersburg Community Development. The key to the home was presented by Bill Protz, president of Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation. Bishop Franklin Evans of Emmanuel Christian Fellowship blessed the home and the whole neighborhood!

We wish continued blessings to both families!

PHOTOS: Top, the Ross-Allen family on their new front porch. Below, Bill Protz of Catalina Marketing congratulates the Wolfe-Gamble family after presenting them with the key to the home.

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Channel 8 interviews volunteer Richard Pearson at Habitat Pinellas office.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Channel 8 Video-article link.

Channel 8's affable Rod Carter was on site at our Habitat Pinellas office last Wednesday morning to interview one of our most committed volunteers, Richard Pearson, as part of the station's tribute to National Volunteer Week.

The segment includes a brief interview of Richard and some photos from his recent Global Village trip to Guatemala with other Habitat Pinellas volunteers.

Richard volunteers countless hours helping Habitat Pinellas and also several other Tampa Bay non-profits via United Way Handson Suncoast. In just the past year, he has volunteered 279 hours to Habitat Pinellas, the Salvation Army, Ronald MacDonald House and Lowry Park Zoo. He was recently awarded the "President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award." The award is part of the premier national volunteer awards program encouraging U.S. citizens, through presidential recognition, to live a life of service. Last year, Richard was also United Way Handson Suncoast's "Volunteer of the Year."

Congratulations to Richard on his presidential award and for his interview on Channel 8! And thank you to Rod Carter and WFLA-TV Channel 8 for spotlighting individuals who give their time to bettering our community!

PHOTOS: Channel 8's Rod Carter interviews Richard Pearson at the Habitat Pinellas office.

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USF Student Creates Video Spotlighting Habitat Pinellas Volunteer Dan Stowers

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

YouTube Video Link

Inspired by a recent Tampa Bay Times feature article on "Clive Rainey Lifetime Achievement" award winner Dan Stowers, USF student Jasmine Paulino created a wonderful video profile of Habitat Pinellas' most prolific volunteer!

A broadcast news major at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus, Jasmine was assigned to do a video story on someone who is making a difference in the community. After contacting our office for permission, Jasmine attended the Herring family home dedication last Saturday to film the ceremony, and then stayed to interview Dan and our COO Ron Spoor. She also filmed Dan and other volunteers working on a build site in Stevens Creek.

The video is currently posted on YouTube and will soon be posted on USF's "Digital Bullpen."

Thank you to this very talented young lady. We know she has a promising career ahead of her once she graduates!

PHOTO:  Jasmino Paulino records the Herring family dedication for her video.

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Check out our Guatemala volunteer team’s trip photos!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Picasa Web Album Link

Team leader Gaby Camacho found some precious time to snap wonderful photos that document Habitat Pinellas' first Global Village trip to Guatemala earlier this month.

Take a few minutes to check out our Picasa web album to learn more about their exciting build trip, and see some of their new Guatemalan friends and local Habitat families. Maybe it will inspire you to volunteer for our trip next year!

Thank you to Renee Athey, Gaby Camacho, Deanna D'Abbraccio, Kitty Handwerk, Mary and Jerry Miller, Barbara Morgan, Richard Pearson, Ron Spoor and Dan Stowers for volunteering for this inspiring mission. These 10 dedicated volunteers made Habitat Pinellas history with this inaugural Global Village adventure, and worked incredibly hard to help "build hope in Guatemala!"

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Happy Earth Day!  Go “green” by donating to or shopping at our ReStore!

Monday, April 22, 2013

In honor of Earth Day -- and really, isn't Earth Day every day?! -- don’t send reusable items to the Pinellas County landfill. Instead, recycle them by donating them to the ReStore. Our ReStore accepts donations of gently used (and some new) construction items, home improvement products and furniture.
Download the list of items we accept.

And because ALL proceeds from ReStore sales benefit Habitat Pinellas, when you shop or donate you will be helping to build homes for families in our community.

So, if you are renovating your home or office, don’t send reusable items to the Pinellas County landfill – recycle them by donating them to the ReStore. If your house is to be demolished, and you want to donate construction material, have your contractor deconstruct the reusable items and ReStore will pick them up for FREE.

Buyers save money, donors get tax deductions while “going green,” and it all works to help Habitat build more homes for families in Pinellas County!

We invite you to make a donation to our Habitat ReStore or stop by to make a purchase today!

Our ReStore is located at 13355 49th Street N, (corner of Ulmerton Rd. and 49th Street, behind 5/3rd Bank) in Clearwater. Store Hours: M-F, 9 am - 5 pm, Sat., 9 am - 4 pm.
727-209-2199  /  restore@HabitatPinellas.org  / Like us on Facebook for updates on when cool stuff that arrives at the ReStore!

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