News TAKE THE “LID OFF” POVERTY HOUSING! HABITAT BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will hold its Fourth Annual April Fundraising Breakfast on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. at 2013 the Riverside Country Club in Provo. Jason D. Wright, New York Times bestselling author of the Christmas Jars, will be speaking. The free event, sponsored by American West Bank and McCoy’s Flooring and Cabinets, will provide the local Habitat affiliate an opportunity to showcase its programs, while raising much needed funding for the organization’s affordable housing mission. All interested community members are invited to at- tend. RSVP to email@example.com or (801) 344-8527. HABITAT TO OPEN SECOND RESTORE IN SOUTH COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY Hammer Time Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be opening a sec-HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY ond ReStore Home Improvement Outlet in Spanish Fork at the end of April. The 29,000 square foot store will be lo- cated across from IFA on the second Spanish Fork exit in the old Fritzie Building (253 West Arrowhead Trail) and will house the store and the Habitat construction department. A grand opening celebration for the new location will be held April 25th, 26th, and 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting event planned for April 25th at 9:30 a.m. All inter- ested community members are invited to attend. Tax deductible donations of new and used building materials, appliances and furniture will be accepted as of April 20th at the new loca- tion. COME FIND OUT HOW TO QUALIFY FOR A HABITAT HOME! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding orientation meetings for home applica- tions in two weeks at Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 South Freedom Blvd., Provo. Community members who are interested in applying for the Habitat program will need to come to one of the following meetings for applications and more information: Tuesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m.; Friday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. No registration required. For qualifications or more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org or call the local Habitat office at (801) 344-8527. HABITAT TO COLLECT PAINT AT ANNUAL HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY Utah County residents with household hazardous waste items such as old gasoline, paint, and fluorescent light bulbs can dispose of these items safely at the annual Utah County Household Hazardous waste Collection Day on April 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Provo Towne Centre Parking Lot. Collected paint will be donated to the local Habitat ReStore for its paint recycling program. For details, please visit www.utahcountyonline.org/dept/Health/hhw HABITAT, REDEMTECH PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES REFURBISHED COMPUTERS TO LOCAL FAMILIES Habitat for Humanity of International is partnering with Redemtech, a world leader in refur- bishing large volumes of PCs from businesses, to provide computers to Habitat partner families in selected areas. The computers are being provided through Redemtech’s Micro- soft approved refurbishing (MAR) computer program including genuine Microsoft software and other initiatives. Locally, ten Habitat families will be receiving desktop computers as part of 1 “Sweet April showers Do bring May flowers.” - Thomas Tusser
2 What’s Up • Habitat would like to thank Walt Ford and Susan Levanger for their generous and long term service. Ford has been the home maintenance class instructor almost since the course was started and Levanger has been the Hammertime editor for many years. They have both done an amazing job and we will miss them very much. Thank You! • Habitat would like to thank our amazing car donors and the cars they have lovingly donated to the local Habitat through the years. Find out how you can donate an old vehicle today at www.habitatuc.org/habitat_car_donations.html. • Attention Soda Pop Drinkers! Recycle your “cans into keys” and help Habitat provide safe and affordable housing for families in need in our community. Details and drop off locations at www.habitatuc.org/donate/gogreen.html. • Join our Cloud! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has adopted a new texting platform called txtCloud that will allow our local Habitat affiliate to keep you up to date on what is happening at the organization - including volunteer opportunities, events, ReStore inventory arrivals, and much more! You will also be able to receive relevant offers and information from approved community partners, helping the organization raise much needed funding for its local affordable housing mission. We receive two cents from every text that is sent to you. We would like to invite you to join Habitat’s Cloud. Using your phone, text UCHabitat to CLOUD or 25683. You will be asked three questions - your zip code, your gender and the year you were born. You are now ready to keep up to date with what is happening at your local Habitat affiliate and receive relevant offers and information from approved community part- ners. We know your phone is sacred space. Spam is not allowed and you will not receive more than three text messages daily. Check it out and see how it works - you may opt out anytime! • Check out Habitat’s FUNSAVER Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the latest bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s FUNSAVER specials at www.habitatucdeals.info. A portion of your “fun” pur- chases will help Habitat further its housing mission in the community. • Have you tested your home for radon yet? – Habitat is working with the Utah Cancer Action Network, Utah County Health Department, and the Utah Department a Environmental Quality to encourage community members to test their homes for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, causing an estimated 22,000 deaths of year in the United States. Habitat offers test kits at the Orem ReStore or online for just $6.00! Learn more at www.habitatuc.org/radon_awareness.html. • Need tools for your upcoming spring cleaning projects? Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed tools and lawn care items for free. The lending library, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, is open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. An application and proof of residency are re- quired. Look online at www.habitatuc.org for more information. • Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been established to help Habitat homeowners save for future home repairs and maintenance. Homeowners now can pay a little extra ($10.00 or more) with their monthly mortgage payment. The extra amount will be saved in an escrow like account and can be accessed for home repairs and maintenance. To sign up or for more information, contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the Date! The annual National Women Build Week will be May 4th to May 10th. Habitat will be building throughout that week with vari- ety Utah County women. Our special guest will be Olympian, Noelle Pikus Pace. Join in the fun for only $20.00. For more information or to register, look online at www.habitatuc.org/events/womenbuild2013.html. The annual Tour de Habitat Lakes to Peaks charity bike ride will be June 8th. Details and registration are available on the new event website at www.tourdehabitat.com. SAVING TIP (themint.org) • A saving bank for money to be used later on larger items. Four banks, not one! • An investing bank for money that will be used several Want a smart way to control your money? Use four little years from now. banks. Label each bank with the way you’ll use the money: SAVE, SPEND, INVEST, and GIVE. • A giving bank for gifts to help others. • A spending bank for money to be used soon on every-2 day things.
3 Photo PICKING A PASSION! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County joined together with nine other Utah County non-profit organi- zations to promote Love Give Utah County on March 22, 2013. The one day giving and awareness campaign was part of a statewide initiative called, Love Utah Give Utah, spon- sored by the Community Foundation. The local charities held a non-profit fair at the Provo Towne Centre that evening to help promote the campaign and encourage donations. The local Habitat affiliate raised $1,360 from 30 online donors during that day. Donations will be used to finish the Artan- duaga home in Provo. HOUSEHOLD HINT "http://www.hints-n-tips.com How to remove Sticky Residue from Glass If there is residue left on the glass jar after you remove the label, and that residue remains after soaking in hot soapy water, use char- coal lighter on a paper towel and rub. It will disappear in an instant! April Build Days Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping projects. Build days are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed especially during weekdays. Sign up online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer. APRIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday • Help with the Hazardous Waste Collection Day – April from 10-6 13th • Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. • Help with the ReStore expansion in Spanish Fork • Man booth at Good Life Expo at Spanish Fork Fair- • Walk in Community Parades starting in June grounds – April 12th and 13th VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED TO COMMITTEES HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s local Volunteers with construction experience or those wanting to committees. Monthly meetings, limited time commitment, improve their construction skills are being sought to partici- no experience necessary, varying interests and skills. pate in the affiliates Crew Leader and Site Host Programs. Look online at Orientations are monthly. The next orientation will be on www.habitatuc.org/volunteer/committees.html for more April 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Habitat office in Orem. information and meeting times. For information, contact LeAnn at the number or email below. For more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or3 email@example.com. You can also sign up online at www.habitat.org/volunteer.
4 4 Home Maintenance Classes Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The topics are: Basic Electrical Repairs, Changing Furnace Filter, Gutter and Downspout Care. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Habitat office at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem At HOME DEPOT – Registration is necessary. Call store or register online. Look online for the April clinic schedule at www.homedepot.com. At LOWES - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140 West University Park- way in Orem. Look online for April clinic schedule at www.lowes.com. At CENTRAL UTAH GARDENS – Registration is necessary. Look online for upcoming classes at www.centralutahgardens.org/classes_events_concerts.aspx Home Maintenance Tips (March 2013 Marketwatch Newsletter) How to Make Your Water Heater Last for Decades The single most important thing whether your water heater lasts or dies prematurely is water heater maintenance and the most important maintenance on your water heater is the “Anode Rod.” This rod protects your water heater from rust and cor- rosion. It is recommended by professional plumbers that you have your Anode rod inspected every two years or have it re- placed regularly every three to four years, depending on city water conditions and if you have a water softener or not. Once the rod is depleted, the tank will start to corrode, and will ultimately cause your tank to leak. At this point, the water heater will need to be replaced. It is also recommended that you flush the tank one to two times per year to help reduce sediment build- up and energy loss. Make Your House a Healthy Home & More Environmentally-Friendly Too! (EPA) Compost organic matter such as food and yard wastes to be used in gardens and landscaping. SAVE ENERGY! (http://www.we-energies.com/) Office • Purchase efficient equipment. Look for Energy Star office equipment, such as computers, printers and fax machines. They use less energy than standard office equipment. • Don’t let the computer run all day. Only power on the computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them. Don’t leave them on after you’re finished working. Computers and other office equipment still use energy in sleep mode. BE CAREFUL (MSN Health Living) Be Careful With Kids Around Water at Home Water hazards can be found throughout just about any home, but parents can take a few precautions to help protect children from water-related injuries at home. The Safekids.org website shares these safety guidelines for parents regarding water safety at home: • Always close the doors to laundry rooms and bathrooms. • Never keep water in large 5-gallon buckets at home; always empty them out, turn them upside down and store them out of reach of children. • Make sure that toilet lids are always closed and use toilet-seat locks. • Always completely drain the bathtub as soon as bath time is over.4
5 SAVE STRATEGIES (The Simple Dollar)) SAVING STRATEGIES (The Simple Dollar) 365 Ways to Live Cheap – Share Your Experience and Frugal Tips It’s easy to find a long list of frugal tactics that work for a general audience. You read through them, discard the majority of them that don’t apply to your life, and find the handful that is actually useful to you. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a personal frugal assistant who did this filtering for you, leaving you with just a few tips that actu- ally made a big difference in your life? You actually do already have this. It’s called your social network. Your friends know where you live. They know where you work. They know what you enjoy doing. They know the things that you like. You know the same things about them. If there’s someone out there who’s going to be able to find a frugal tip that’s going to work for you and not bug you with some- thing useless, it’s a friend. So, how do you get this trend started? You do it by sharing first. Whenever you hear a frugal tip that seems like it would sync really well in the life of one of your friends, remember it and share it. Tell that friend about the tip. Facebook is a perfect avenue for this kind of thing. Don’t over share. Stick to the frugal tactics that you are sure will be genuinely useful and new to the person you’re sending the tip to. Look for ones that really solve problems in their life, particularly ones that can be executed with minimal effort. What you’ll find is that your friends will eventually begin sharing with you. They’ll look for tips that perfectly match your situation and share them. Some of them you will have heard, of course, but when you get a tactic that just fits your life to a tee, it can be a tremendous help. Even better, this type of exchange is a form of “money buddy,” which means you’re mutually encouraging each other to remain frugal. A person who pops up every once in a while with a frugal tactic encourages you to keep thinking about it, not just as a money-saving and life-enhancing methodology, but as a social one, too. Share, and share alike. BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Stable, affordable housing may REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF UNWANTED MOVES that lead children to experience disruptions in home life or educational in- struction. RESOURCES Have your taxes prepared for free! VITA is United Way of Utah County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Anyone in Utah, Summit or Wasatch Counties with an income of $51,000 or below may be eligible to have their taxes prepared and filed for free by trained volunteers. Local volunteers are IRS certified and look for specific tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Volunteers help participants receive the best refund possible. United Way of Utah County’s VITA program is a part of a coalition with other nationwide financial institutions, nonprofit and government agencies and the “Earn It! Keep It! Save It!” program. Appointments are necessary and fill up quickly, please schedule as early as possible. Now through April 15, dial 2-1-1 to make an appointment or to find out more information about VITA. Tax preparation sites are throughout Utah County.5
6 Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in April will be held April 3 and 4, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or April 20, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org. Women, You Can Learn to Earn More! People Helping People’s Utah County Employment Program can help you reach your full potential at work and in life. Call toll free 1.855.303.5300 for details. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah’s vision is that all children achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children fac- ing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change a child’s life for the better, for- ever. For more information, call (801) 313-0303 or look online at bbbsu.org. BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (Total Fitness/Select Health) Quick Tips for Heart-Smart Cooking To take good care of your heart, make sure you play it smart in the kitchen. Preparing and eating low-cholesterol, low-fat meals can help you reduce your blood cholesterol level. By lowering your cholesterol, you can reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. The best way to keep cholesterol in check is to avoid foods high in satu- rated and trans fat, which your body converts into cholesterol. Check food labels to avoid high-fat items. The American Heart Association offers these tips for low cholesterol cooking: Meats • Select lean cuts of meat, and trim off all visible fat before cooking. • Broil rather than fry meats. • Use a rack to drain off fat with broiling, roasting, or baking. • Make gravies after the fat has hardened and can be removed from the liquid. Vegetables • Include vegetables with every meal. • Use liquid vegetable oils or margarines to cook vegetables, brown meats, and make pancakes and waffles. Cooking • Serve moderate portions. • Try dishes where meat is not the primary ingredient. • Replace foods high in saturated fats, such as butter, with liquid vegetable oil or soft margarine. • Cook in a way that requires little or no fat.6
7 Andrew Ford Love Give Utah County Participants Anna Stone McCoy’s Flooring and Cabinets Bob Pack National Trust for Historic Preservation Bob Tandler Oak Hills 4th Ward Brandon Jeppson Merilee Bishop Brett Carlson Orem City Bruce Snow Paul Godfrey BYU American Society of Civil Engineers Promo Ink BYU Bradley PR Response Marketing Group BYU Habitat for Humanity Chapter Provo Towne Centre BYU Non-Profit Management Society Spanish Fork City BYU Y-Serve Spyhop Productions Cody Black State Farm Foundation Colby Bryson Susan Levanger Coleman Gallery The Center for the School of the Future VISTA Community Foundation of Utah Members United Way VISTA Corporate Alliance Members Gretchen Devine Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Eric Bennett Utah Valley Expos Gene Libutti UVU Beta Alpha Psi Grant Sumsion UVU Habitat for Humanity Chapter Jenna Gubler Walt Ford Jeremy Andrus Westminster University John Stohlton YSA 22nd Ward Johnny McCoy YSA 168th Ward Len Wright THANK YOU Provo Towne Centre, Promo Ink “Again the blackbirds sings; the streams Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams, And tremble in the April showers The tassels of the maple flowers.” - John Greenleaf7
8 8 Habitat for Humanity Of Utah County Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1—Building 2 —Development 3 4—Site Selec- 5 6 Resources Services tion —Redemtech Com- puter Training — Spanish Fork City Council 7 8—ReStore 9—Building 10 11—Family 12 —Fundraising 13 —Hazardous Partnership Breakfast Waste Collection Good Life Expo 14 15—Building 16—Executive 17—Crew and 18 19—Orientation 20 Resources Committee Site Host Training —Finance Committee Orientation 21 22—ReStore 23 24 —Home 25 —Board 26 27 Maintenance Meeting —Spanish Fork ReStore Ribbon Cutting 28 29 30 Building Resources ReStore Building Resources Orientation April 1, 3:15 p.m. April 8, Noon April 15, 3:15 p.m. April 19t, 1:30 p.m. Office Office Office Community Action Development Services Building Executive Committee ReStore April 2, 2:00 p.m. April 9, 2:00 p.m. April 16th 7:30 a.m. April 22,,Noon Office Central Bank Office Spanish Fork ReStore Redemtech Computer Training Finance Committee April 2, Family Partnership April 16, 8:30 a.m. Home Maintenance Office April 11, 6:30 p.m. Office April 24, 6:30 p.m. Office Office Spanish Fork City Council Orientation Meeting April 2, 6:00 p.m. April 16, 6:00 p.m. Fundraising Breakfast Spanish Fork CC Chambers Board Meeting April 12, 8:00 a.m. Community Action April 25, 7:30 a.m. Riverside CC Site Selection Spanish Fork ReStore Good Life Expo Orientation April 4, Noon April 12-13 April 17t, 6:00 p.m. Spanish Fork ReStore Office Spanish Fork Fairgrounds Community Action Ribbon Cutting April 25t, 9:30 a.m. Hazardous Waste Collection Crew and Site Host Training8 April 13, 9a.m.-3 p.m. Spanish Fork ReStore April 17t, 6:00 p.m. Provo Towne Centre Office