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  1. 1. HammerTime HABBITATFORHUMANITYOFUTAHCOUNTY News April 2014 HABITAT TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO ITS COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS & VOLUNTEERS Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding its eighth annual volunteer and community recogni- tion event on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at The Manor at the Riverwoods, located at 4801 N University Ave, Provo. The Italian themed event, sponsored by Utah Trading Company and its mem- bers, will include a delicious pasta dinner and accordion music. Business partners, supporters, and com- munity volunteers will be honored for their outstanding service efforts and partnerships with the local Habitat affiliate over the past year. Honorees will include Johnny McCoy, Utah Valley University Construction Technologies, PowerHouse Electric, Eric Jorgensen, Gary Jensen, Oak Hills 4th Ward, IM Flash Technologies, Utah County, Merilee Bishop, Timothy Johnson and North Pointe Solid Waste. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO CUT RIBBON ON 54th and 55th UTAH VALLEY HOMES Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will cut the ribbon on two Habitat homes in April. The first home, was built in partnership with Adonica Limon and her three sons. The three bedroom home is Habitat’s 54th Utah Valley home and sponsored by and built with volunteer support from TD Ameritrade and IM Flash Tech- nologies. A ribbon cutting cele- bration will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at the home location. A delicious Hawaiian themed breakfast will be served. All community members are invited to attend. The second home, located at 39 South 950 East in Springville, has been built in partnership with Anna Woods and her two sons. The three bedroom home is Habitat’s 55th Utah Valley home and Utah Valley University’s fifth sponsored Habitat home. A ribbon cutting celebration will be held later in the month. LOCAL HABITAT RESTORE TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARIES The Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s ReStore Home Improvement Outlets in Orem and Spanish Fork will celebrate their seventh and first anniversaries respectively with a huge sale. The sale, held in conjunction with Earth Day, will be held April 25th and 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Both stores sells new and used building materials, appliances, and furniture at a discount to the public to help raise money to further the local Habitat’s affordable housing mission. The Orem store, located at 340 South Orem Blvd. in Orem, was the first ReStore in Utah and was opened in 2007. Since its inception, the Orem ReStore has not only raised thousands of dollars for the affiliate, but is now paying most of the operation costs for the affiliate and the store. The ReStore has also kept over two million pounds of waste out of local landfills. Due to the Orem store’s success, the Spanish Fork store, located at 253 West Arrowhead Trail in Spanish Fork, was opened a year ago in April 2013 and continues to grow and be a profitable asset for the affiliate. What’s Up • In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3, 2014 - May 10, 2014. National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day in the effort to help eliminate poverty housing. Habitat for Hu- manity of Utah County is planning to celebrate this year’s National Women Build Week by work- ing to restore and renovate the historic George Taylor, Jr. Home at 187 North 400 West in Provo, Utah with female volunteers throughout the community. To volunteer during this special week or for more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org. A build clinic will be held at the Orem Lowe’s on April 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for those participating.
  2. 2. 2 • 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 Collection Day on April 12, 2014 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 ReStores for its paint recycling program. For details, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org/HHW. • Come check out Habitat’s booth at the upcoming Good Life Expo on April 11th and 12th at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. Learn about what Habitat is doing in Utah County. • Go grocery shopping and help provide safe and affordable housing for families in need in our community! Sign up for Smith’s Community Rewards Program at www.smithscommunityrewards.com, link your ac- count/card with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County (#48773) and then go shopping at your local Smith’s Grocery Store. Smith’s will then provide a financial contribution to the local Habitat affiliate. • Win Spring Cleaning Supplies! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will give free spring cleaning supplies to the first four Hammertime readers who call the office at (801) 344-8527 and answer a newsletter trivial question. Good luck! • Vehicle donations to Habitat’s Cars for Homes are tax-deductible, and your local Habitat receives the pro- ceeds from its sale, directly helping to build homes in your community. Details at http://www.habitatuc.org/habitat_car_donations.html. • Go Green with Habitat for Humanity! Recycle aluminum cans and scrap metal and help the organization provide safe and affordable housing in our community! Drop off locations listed at www.habitatuc.org/donate/gogreen.html. • Check out Habitat’s FUNSAVER Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the lat- est bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s FUNSAVER specials at www.habitatucdeals.info. A portion of your “fun” purchases 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 of Environmental Quality to encourage community members to test their homes for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, causing an esti- mated 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 projects? Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed tools and lawn care items for free. New tools have been added recently. 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 required. Look online at www.habitatuc.org for more information. BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH RESOURCES Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in April will be held April 2 and 3, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and April 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To regis- ter, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org. Community Action Services and Food Bank will have Financial Literacy Classes on April 15th, 17th, 22nd, and 24th from 6 to 8 pm at Community Action, 815 South Freedom Blvd., Provo. Call 801-373-8200 for more information. Have your taxes prepared for free! VITA is United Way of Utah County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assis- tance 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 one of our trained volunteers. Local volunteers are IRS certified and look for specific tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Volunteers help partici- pants 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. Call 2-1-1 for an appointment. Family Support and Treatment Center offers a 10 week Love, Limits, and Latitude Parenting Class. For more information, call (801) 229-1181. Community Health Connect offers low-income, uninsured individuals and families’ access to medical and dental care. Care coordinators helps qualified applicants get connected with a doctor or dentist in the com- munity. For more information, call (801) 818-3015 or look online at www.communityhealthconnect.org.
  3. 3. 33 APRIL BUILD DAYS Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, critical home repair, and beautification projects. Build days are now held Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sign up online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer. Volunteer Opportunities APRIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON COMMITTEES Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s local committees. Monthly meetings, limited time commitment, no experience necessary, varying interests and skills. Look online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer/committees.html for more CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED TO HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers with construction experience or those wanting to improve their construction skills are being sought to participate in the affiliate's Crew Leader and Site Host Programs. Orientations are monthly. The next orientation will be on at the Habitat office in Orem on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 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 or leann@habitatuc.org. You can also sign up online at www.habitat.org/volunteer. PHOTO GALLERY SHOWING “LOVE”! - Habitat for Humanity of Utah County joined together with fifteen other Utah County non-profit or- ganizations to promote the second annual Love Give Utah on Thursday. The one day giving and awareness campaign was part of a statewide initiative called, Love Utah Give Utah, sponsored by the Community Foundation. Our Habitat affiliate raised $790.00 with Mountain America Credit Union gener- ously matching the donations. Special thanks to Joe Tanner, Mountain America Credit Union and all those that “showed their love” for Habitat as part of the campaign. Thank you also to the Provo Towne Centre for hosting a non-profit fair to help generate interest in the initiative this past Saturday. • Work at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore • Set your own shift anytime the ReStore is open, Mon- day – Saturday from 10-6 • Wear sturdy shoes and a light jacket • Orem or Spanish Fork locations • Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. Sit at a booth at the Good Life Expo on April 11 or 12 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds and share information about Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and the Habitat Re- Stores. Help with the Utah County Hazardous Waste Collection Day on April 12th at the Provo Towne Centre.
  4. 4. 44 Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. The topics are: Interior Painting and Interior Wall Repair, Leaky Roof Repair. 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 sched- ule at www.homedepot.com. At LOWE'S - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140 West Uni- versity Parkway 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 Classes SAVING TIP (debtandcreditsolutions.ca) Easter Savings Tips Easter is just around the corner. For those who have left it to the last minute, here are some Easter savings tips. 1/ Buy candy in bulk instead of the individual pre-wrapped candy. Not only will you save on cost, you will pro- duce less waste. 2/ Make homemade Easter treats 3/ Don’t buy the expensive egg dying kits. Vinegar, food coloring and water can do the same thing. As another option there are all kinds of natural dyes (ie. Onions, blueberries, coffee, cumin). Here is a link to a site with a bunch of interesting color ideas: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/eggs/natural-easter-egg-dyes/ Using those instead could turn the egg dying experience into a great learning experience for kids. 4/ Easter baskets are something that can easily be saved and reused year after year. 5/ Premade Easter gift baskets are an easy, convenient choice, but are typically very overpriced. You could make one yourself likely for half the price and customize it to the recipient. Not only is it less expensive, it is far more personal. Savings Strategies (The Simple Dollar) Align Vacations with Visiting Family and Friends In 2009, my family travelled to the Dallas, Texas area. In that area, I have two great aunts and a number of first and second cousins. We spent a lot of time with them, enjoying meals and reconnecting. In 2011, my family travelled to the Seattle, Washington area, much like we did in 2004. We visited my wife’s sister, spent a lot of time with her on the event of her wedding, and visited my wife’s other sister who lives out there, too. Fairly regularly, we visit the Chicagoland area, where one of my cousins lives. I adore this cousin and her two chil- dren, and we stay with her every time we go there. We also have the chance to see several old friends who now live in that area. Almost every time we travel, we do it in conjunction with family. We often make it a point to visit places where there are friends and family to see, either along the way or at the destination. Not only does it give us a powerful chance to bond with people we don’t see that often, it also saves us a truckload of money on our vacation. For starters, a local person is often the best travel guide of all. They’ll know of local deals and discounts. They’ll know when to go to various places. They’ll also let you know about places to be avoided.
  5. 5. 55 I’ve had relatives literally take our GPS unit and program it with great places to visit in the area. I’ve had other relatives take most of a week off just to travel around the area with us and show us the sights and sounds. I’ve rarely went on a trip without a relative pressing some coupons into my hand – or sometimes even free passes to stuff – that they’ve picked up here or there. Locals know the area. Locals that care about you will do a great job of making sure you get the best of the area at a good price. Beyond that, visiting people can sometimes take care of lodging costs. It’s much easier to visit the Chicago- land area since we know that we have lodging when we arrive. My cousin will almost always insist on preparing several meals for us, too. (We reciprocate for such hospitality when people visit Des Moines, of course.) Of course, you shouldn’t expect such things. However, I’ve found that if there are friends and family that I am ex- cited about seeing, they’re almost always excited about seeing me and they usually want to show me the best of where they’re located. All I ask is just a chance to see them when I’m there, so I’ll get ahold of them well in ad- vance of my trip just to see what’s happening. The recipe is simple. Beyond the personal value of meeting family while traveling, there’s also frugal value as well. Take that into account when planning your travel. Be Careful (Select Health Total Fitness) Making an Emergency Supply Kit When preparing for disasters, the “pre” is important to stress: Gather emergency items in advance, put them all in one place, and let everyone in the family know where they are. If an emergency occurs, you’ll be ready to fend for yourselves for a few days, if needed. Making up an emergency kits is a great family project. Pack items in containers that are easy to grab and carry, such as a duffel bag or one or two camping back packs. Begin with these basic supplies: • A three day supply of water (about one gallon per person, per day) and nonperishable food. • A can opener and utensils for cooking and eating. • Sanitation and hygiene items, such as toilet paper. • A flashlight and extra batteries. • A hand-crank or battery powered radio. • Extra clothes and shoes. • Photocopies of important documents, such as emergency contacts, insurance policies, birth certificates, and a list of medications. • A first aid kit. • A multipurpose tool. • Blankets or sleeping bags. • Duct tape and plastic sheeting that can be used to create shelter. • Any special items, such as medications, baby formula and pacifier, or food and water for pets. Keep supplies in a cool, accessible spot, and replace the food and water every six months. The Federal Emer- gency Management Agency suggests that you check the kit once a year to keep up with your family’s changing needs. Spring shows what God can do with aSpring shows what God can do with aSpring shows what God can do with aSpring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.drab and dirty world.drab and dirty world.drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft
  6. 6. 66 Household Hint (myblessedlife.net) Benefits of Homeownership Securing adequate housing is a key component in achieving family well-being and a decent quality of life. 10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips 1. Formulate a Plan & Set Reasonable Goals Jot down the areas of your home that you need to clean, come up with a plan and be sure to budget in time for distractions so you won’t get discouraged after just a few hours cleaning. In essence, make a reasonable plan of attack that has at least a 98% chance of being accomplished! 2. Check for Cleaning Supplies There is nothing more frustrating than to start a project {or spring cleaning} only to find that you’re out of supplies. I’m on a chemical reduction kick, so when we moved, I got rid of THREE boxes of chemically-laden cleaning sup- plies. White vinegar, baking soda and Thieves Cleaner are among my favorite household cleaning aids. 3. Involve Your Children {or work while the littles are napping!} I loved having small tasks to accomplish when I was growing up. My Mom was really good at delegating age ap- propriate jobs for us. Since Ridley is 2 years old, it’s a bit challenging to get much accomplished while he pulls everything apart behind me. I’m thankful that both sets of grandparents are close by, so I can send him to play with them, crank up some music and get busy cleaning! 4. Tackle One Area at a Time It’s exciting to get started cleaning and I sometimes tend to get distracted with various projects throughout the house. But, I’ve found that it’s incredibly helpful and sanity-saving to work on one area at a time. Inadvertently, piles of stuff will migrate to other rooms in your house, but those can be tackled when you get to them. 5. DE clutter Before Cleaning It is frustrating to be ready to dust an area only to realize that you have to move 15 knick-knacks, 10 pieces of junk mail, broken crayons and wadded up Kleenexes before you can get started. Ask me how I know. Humph. Save yourself a headache and get rid of the garbage and extraneous clutter before cleaning! 6. Use Bins to Organize the “Get-Rid-Of” Stuff Instead of just dividing up things into separate piles that will likely get knocked over or mixed up, use plastic bins to keep them organized. I like having a bin for garage sale items, items to donate, garbage and things that need to be returned to others. Are we the only family who has five different, un-matching forks in our silverware drawer? I think they reproduce while we sleep at night. 7. Open the Windows for Fresh Air I love filling my lungs with fresh country air. I can do without the man-ur-e smell, but I love spring air {minus the pollen, of course}. After being shut up inside for months, it is so refreshing to open the windows and have fresh air flowing through the house. 8. Clean Each Room from Top to Bottom Let gravity make your job easier by working with it! Start at the ceiling by dusting the ceiling fan or light fixture then get all the “webbys” off the crown molding. Work your way down the walls, over the furniture, all the way to the baseboards and flooring. 9. Change Up Your Accessories for A New Look I don’t know about you, but I like to change up my accessories a little bit for each season. I’m not talking about redecorating necessarily, but just freshening up things. Since its spring, try switching out heavy, darker items out with lighter and brighter accessories! 10 Design a Daily Cleaning Schedule After all your hard work is done and your house looks like a magazine cover {not really!}, make sure that you have a good cleaning schedule in place. Whether you need to make one from scratch or update the one you have, set small daily tasks that will help keep your house in order until next spring or until you decide to deep clean your house again!
  7. 7. 77 BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (www.healthyhippie.net) Build Strong Bones to Prevent Osteoporosis It’s never too early to think about building strong bones. The fact is, everyone gradually starts to lose bone mass sometime around their mid-30s. But the stronger you can build bones now, the greater the protection against bone loss you will have later in life. You’ll also be protected against osteoporosis, a condition where the bones be- come weak and at risk for fractures. You can head off osteoporosis with these bone-building strategies: Eat well: For bone health, this includes an all- around healthy diet, plenty calcium, and a vitamin D supplement. Kids ten to 20 years old need at least 1,300 millgrams of calcium a day. Adults need 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams, depending on their age. Fortified low-fat dairy products are a good source of both nutrients. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale are also great sources of ab- sorbable calcium. Don’t smoke. It can increase bone loss. Get up and go. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and jogging, help strengthen bones. Get screened. After menopause, the rate at which women lose bone density increases. Bone density screening can help identify problems early, and treatment can help slow bone loss. Limit salt intake. High amounts of sodium can cause the body to lose calcium. HOUSEHOLD HINT (www.hints-n-tips.com) How to Turn on Sprinkler Systems Be careful turning on your sprinkler system for the first time after winter. Turning on a yard sprinkler system in the spring can be tricky. If your yard is in a colder climate, the un- derwater cables sit in frozen ground for most of the winter. Sometimes animals burrow into the system and various repairs may be needed, but the most important thing to watch for is a water hammer, which is a gush of air pressure and water that can cause pipe breaks and even geysers of water to burst through your yard. Instructions 1. Dig into the ground with a shovel near the sprin- kler system to check if the ground is fully thawed. Typically the top part of the soil unfreezes before deeper areas, and if the area around your pipe is still frozen, then turning on the system could dam- age it. If the ground is still frozen, do not start the sprinkler system until it is. 2. Check if the sprinkler system has drain valves. If it has a drain valve, open it to release air from within the pipes to avoid water hammer. If the system does not have a drain valve, remove the sprinkler head at the system's highest points to let the air out. 3. Open the sprinkler system's main valve slowly. Do not send the water at full force yet. 4. Check the sprinkler system for any leaks or dam- age. If one or more sprinklers are emitting less wa- ter than others in the system, it is possible that the pipes or sprinkler heads are damaged or clogged with debris. 5. Turn the main valve off. Repair any damaged pipes or sprinkler heads. Turn the main valve on again to check if the system is functioning. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_7591930_turn-sprinkler- systems.html#ixzz2xYD6HSXp Where man sees but witheredWhere man sees but witheredWhere man sees but witheredWhere man sees but withered leaves,leaves,leaves,leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.God sees sweet flowers growing.God sees sweet flowers growing.God sees sweet flowers growing. ————Albert LaightonAlbert LaightonAlbert LaightonAlbert Laighton
  8. 8. 88 Kiley Hix Lexis Nexus Lonny Woolbright LouAnn Talcott Mark Greenwood Mountain America Credit Union Provo Towne Centre Rebecca Loveland Sarah Ormond Shelley Olsen Sonya Hess Tara Riddle Tom and Faye Parker Utah County Association Realtors Utah Community Foundation Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Utah Valley Home Builders Association Val Hale Val-Pak Value Pages Wells Fargo Adobe ALM Engineering Brad Simons BYU American Society of Civil Engineers BYU Habitat for Humanity Chapter UVU Habitat for Humanity Chapter IM Flash Build Site Volunteers Cascade Shadows CenturyLink Response Marketing Group BYU MBAA BYU Honors 203R and Professor Ann Madsen Utah Trading Co. Crowns that Care Celeste Kennard Die Cuts with a View Eric Bennett Jeanette Parker Jessica Egbert Joe Tanner 8 Thank You Utah Community Foundation Mountain America Credit Union The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that con- fidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.... —-Basil C. Hume
  9. 9. 9 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2— Community Recognition Event 3 4 5 6 7 8—Building Committee 9 10— Development Services — Family Partnership 11— Executive 12— Hazardous Waste Collection 13 14—NRI 15—Building Resources— Limon Ribbon Cutting 16—Board Meeting 17 18 19 20 Happy Easter 21 22—Earth Day 23— National Women’s Build Training 24 25— ReStore Birthday Sale 26— ReStore Birthday Sale 27 28— ReStore Com- mittee 29 30—Home Maintenance Of Utah County Community Recognition Event April 2, 2014 6:00 p.m. The Manor BuildingCommittee April 8, 2014 2:00 p.m. Central Bank Development Services April 10, 2014 Noon Office Family Partnership April 10, 2014 6:30 p.m. Office Executive April 11, 2014 7:30 a.m. Office Good Life Expo April 11-12, 2014 Spanish Fork Fairgrounds Hazardous Waste Collection April 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Provo Towne Centre NRI April 14, 2014 2:30 p.m. Office Building Resources April 15, 2014 7:00 a.m. Office Limon Ribbon Cutting April 15, 2014 8:00 a.m. 671 E 100 S, PG Board Meeting April 16, 2014 7:00 a.m. Office Happy Easter April 20, 2014 Earth Day April 22, 2014 National Women’s Build Training April 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. Orem Lowe’s ReStore Birthday Sale April 25 -26, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Orem and Spanish Fork ReStores ReStore Committee April 28th Noon Habitat office Home Maintenance April 30, 2014 6:30 p.m. Office Woods Ribbon Cutting TBD TBD 39 S 950 E, Springville 9 Good Life Expo