To draw attention to the important role that safe, decent and affordable housing plays in eliminating barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is asking you to participate in a World Habitat Day workplace giving campaign throughout the month of October. Proceeds will go to fulfill our mission of creating safe and affordable housing for local residents.
Our programs include Neighborhood Revitalization (a holistic, resident-driven, program to create vibrant, safe and inviting neighborhoods), Critical Home Repair (making homes safe and accessible for low-income and physically challenged families) and New Home Construction (building homes alongside our partner families who, when completed, pay an affordable mortgage).
We hope you will participate and help fund these critical programs!
Here’s how the World Habitat Day campaign works:
- Fauquier Habitat will provide World Habitat Day pinups to participating businesses.
- For a donation of $1 or more, customers and employees can write their names on a pin-up.
- Businesses can craft a signed pinup display in a high traffic area.
- Employers can also motivate employees to support Fauquier Habitat’s work locally, by matching contributions and creating internal incentives.
- Fauquier Habitat will mention all participating businesses and encourage patronage in a press release, on social media and on our website.
- Fauquier Habitat will also recognize the three businesses who collect the most donations.
If you or your business would like to participate or have questions, please contact Rebecca Frye The deadline to sign up to participate is September 28 to ensure we get your kits to you in time!
Our sincere thanks to yo for your support of this critically important mission!
The Fauquier Habitat for Humanity Team
What is World Habitat Day?
On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and other organizations around the world in raising awareness and educating as well as mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the global housing crisis.
A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, success and health that might have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations. As you know, this is why affordable housing is the core of our mission at Habitat.
Did you know?
There is a global need for safe and affordable housing.
• About 1 in 4 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, and opportunity.
• By 2030, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and the number of people living in slums continues to grow.
• Even in the U.S., minimum wage isn’t enough. A full-time employee earning minimum wage cannot afford a one bedroom apartment virtually anywhere in America. Even two such jobs won’t rent a two-bedroom apartment in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
The impact of adequate housing
• Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices.
• Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.
• Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
• Decent shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
• Safe homes and neighborhoods help build social stability and security.
Habitat’s advocacy priorities
• To succeed in eliminating inadequate housing around the world in our lifetime, we must promote smart policies that advance access to adequate, affordable housing.
• An astounding 54 percent of the global population now live in cities, and governments are struggling to meet the housing needs of these rapidly urbanizing populations.
• One in 5 people — 1.6 billion people worldwide — lack access to adequate shelter, and, by 2050, the global urban population rate is expected to rise from 54 percent to 66 percent.
• Seventy-five percent of people lack proper documentation for the land on which they live. Access to land lies at the heart of ending poverty. Without land, there can be no housing, and housing is the key to stability and opportunity.
• The foundational nature of access to land presents a substantial opportunity: Strengthening and enforcing access to land will help achieve myriad other development goals.
How Habitat for Humanity has responded
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in more than 1,300 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries.
What can you do to help?
From now through World Habitat Day, we will be sharing with you ways that you can support Habitat’s work directly.
Until then, please keep these things in mind:
People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.
Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.
Every day, more than 8,000 people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter in partnership with Habitat.
Habitat has helped more than 9.8 million people since our founding in 1976.
• The Solid Ground campaign is a set of advocacy, communications and mobilization activities that will influence norms, policies and practices to improve access to land for shelter for 10 million people. It is a collection of campaigns happening in more than 30 countries around the world to influence land policies and systems at the local, regional, multiregional and global levels.
• Together, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda are a collective blueprint for policymakers, donors and advocates alike and outline the broad contours for sustainable urban development for decades to come. Habitat for Humanity and the Solid Ground campaign applaud commitments made in the New Urban Agenda regarding housing, land and community-led development, but we also recognize implementation is voluntary and not guaranteed. We call on all stakeholders — national governments, local leaders, donors and civil society — to advance implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Fauquier Habitat would like to give a shout out to everyone who helped make our charity golf tournament a great success. Without your support, we could not help build healthy homes and healthy neighborhoods!
Superior Paving Corporation
Bohler Engineering, Inc.
Golden Rule Builders
Union Bank & Trust
Longest Drive: Dawn Arruda & Co.
Putting Contest: Appleton Campbell
Closest to the Pin: Wetland Studies and Solutions
Hole Sponsors: Soils, Inc., and the Wise Family
And a big thanks to all of the teams who came out to play!
B&B Realty Group (Phillip Brown, Chong Yi, Field Springer, Clifford Bohn)
Bohler team (Ryan Yauger, Daniel Hine, Doug Smith)
Century 21 New Milennium team (Tammy Roop, Pam Iten, Dave Bryan, Spencer Bryan)
Fauquier Habitat (Paul Linz, playing on the Bohler team)
Golden Rule, Inc. team (Bill Beals, Jerry Swarzentruber, Kevin Porter, Bill Seay)
Gordan team (Justin Jacobs, Marshall Crown, Anthony Verds, Colin Stiles)
Luck Stone team (John Blekicki, Donny White, Kelly Cordle, Ryan Metheny)
Puffenbarger Insurance team (Jack Mallam, Amelia Stansell, Tucker Holt, Thomas Carter, Jr.)
Richardson team (Fred Richardson, Jr., Robert Teter, Bryant Withrow, Tom Ledford)
Superior Paving team (Steve Barrett, Brandt Benton, Robert Brown)
Steve Crosby’s team (Steve Crosby, Tony Hooper, Len Rogers, Brian Corcoran)
T.A.C. Ceramic Tile team (Keith Scott, Eric Oetjen, Erik Johnson, Royce Jarrendt)
Union Bank & Trust team (Mike Leake, Anthony Bryant, Chris Long, Matt Gravett)
VIKA team (JJ Mashburn, Steve Janoski, Toney Janoskie, Jim Janoskie)
Vollrath team (Tab Vollrath, Steve Crouch, Mark Hyson, Nathan Gilbert)
by Dustin Lape
As a part of our ongoing Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, September’s Community Meeting was held Tuesday, September 5th. We were excited to engage with residents and neighbors to find out what was on their minds and hear their ideas for ways to improve the neighborhood. Everyone provided valuable feedback – from the brightest young minds (yard sale to help raise money for the food pantry – what a great idea!) to the science teacher up the street who offered to provide homework help and tutoring. Even our good neighbors over at Piedmont Environmental Council stopped by to listen and think about ways to get involved to help broaden the neighborhood’s vision.
And don’t worry, it wasn’t all just talk – we also had pizza, cookies and drinks to usher in the new school year!