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MANY HANDS Affiliate Update February 2010 Celebrating 25 Years of Building Hope O n

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Excitement is building as RJ Grondin & Sons, last week, began construction on a second road for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Grondin was an instrumental partner in the recent completion of HFHGP’s Demerest Rd. sub-division and we are thrilled to be working with them again. Road construction began on what will soon be Bremen St. in Westbrook, the site of a new three-lot, affordable sub-division. Working in partnership with Porter Panel & Truss, Inc., HFHGP is very excited to be utilizing steel construction methods in our latest building project. Steel frames will be constructed in Porter’s climate-controlled assembly building and then transported to the work site in Westbrook. The launch has tentatively been scheduled for a date in early March. Professional construction workers will be on site to complete construction of all three frames in one day! In the months following, Habitat volunteers will be on site each day to complete all final work on these three homes. Stay tuned for the March edition of Many Hands for more details of how you can participate in this incredible event.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising efforts for the Westbrook Project. If you are interested in serving on a committee or organizing/ assisting with a fundraising event, please contact George Ellis at George@habitatme.org for more information.

M a i n e H o m e , R e m o d e l i n g a n d G a r d e n S h o w On February 6th and 7th visit the Habitat for Humanity table at the Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show! This year’s event will take place at the Cumberland County Civic Center from 10am-6pm on Saturday, the 6th, and 10am-5pm on Sunday, the 7th. Habitat staff and volunteers will be available to chat about local construction projects, volunteer opportunities and the HFHGP ReStore. Passers-by can also participate in a silent raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, complete with a variety of items donated by our local business community. Stop by, say hello and take your chance at winning one of many fantastic gift certificates and items for the home! Need more information about www.Homegardenflowershow.com

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83A Bell St. Portland ME 04103

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www.habitatportlandme.org

207-772-2151


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Strap on those running shoes again! It’s time for the 14 annual Irish Road Rovers 5K. On March 7th, folks from all over the state will participate in this race which takes a scenic tour through Portland’s Old Port. Generously organized by the McKeown family and hosted by Brian Boru Pub in Portland, this event is growing in popularity with over 700 participants in last year’s race. Proceeds from this race support Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing efforts in Cumberland County.

For more information or to register for this race, visit http:// www.irishroadrover.com/

4 or more Registration Table Volunteers to assist with the Cumberland SpringTime Walk on Friday, April 2nd. If you love early mornings this is the job for you! Registration begins at 7am that day.

One or two volunteers to help with the 3:45-5:15pm shift at the Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show on Sunday, February 7th. Volunteers will be assisting with a silent raffle to benefit HFHGP.

ReStore Truck Drivers– hoping for a commitment of one 6-hour day per week if possible.

Interested? Please email Kate Callahan at volunteer@habitatme.org

Habitat’s Commitment to Haiti Recovery An excerpt from www.habitat.org, January 21, 2010: Although the full toll of homes severely damaged or destroyed is not yet known, Habitat has begun to respond by addressing immediate relief efforts and long-term shelter solutions for low-income families. Habitat’s early response to the earthquake is threefold:

Cleanup: To clear the way for home repair and construction, Habitat will assist in the cleanup by mobilizing people to remove debris and salvage materials that can be recycled in new shelter.

Shelter kits: Shelter kits include building materials and tools and are designed to help families and neighborhoods make immediate repairs to damaged homes. The kits typically include items such as wall panels, roofing sheets, hurricane straps and a hammer and nails. Habitat also has a cadre of certified masons and carpenters to assist families with immediate repairs.

Transitional shelter: Small transitional shelters can be built quickly and provide permanent base structures that can be expanded over time. The shelters will meet humanitarian standards of adequate living space and provision of water and sanitation. The structures will also be designed with hurricane and earthquake-resistant features.

How you can help: •

Donate to support Habitat’s efforts to rebuild in Haiti by clicking here:

https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/donate.aspx?link=227

Text “Habitat” to 25383 to make a $10 donation to Habitat’s efforts in

Haiti. The donation amount will be added to your next phone bill.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland

83A Bell St. Portland ME 04103

www.habitatportlandme.org

207-772-2151

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