1. February 2014
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VANTAGE CONTROLS SPONSORING TOOL DRIVE, a leader in the
home automation and lighting control for luxury spaces, is holding an
internal tool drive for Habitat for Humanity of Utah County from January 20, 2014 to February 7, 2014. Local company employees are
being encouraged to donate new and lightly used tools to the area
The tool drive is part of new national initiative called Better Communities being implemented by
Vantage’s parent company, Legrand.
HABBITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY
Pride in Ownership – The Gilbert
Family was selected this past quarter’s Pride in Ownership award winner for beautifying and maintaining
their home at 1102 North 1000 West
in Provo. They will receive a home
improvement gift card and certificate
for their efforts.
Your junk is someone else’s treasure! Donate new and used building
material, appliances, furniture, and
paint to the Habitat ReStores in Utah
County and receive a tax donation. Details and locations at www.habitatuc.org/donate/restore/.
This New Year, give the gift of your car donation and help Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for
Homes Program build homes locally with families in need of decent housing:
Turn Cans into Keys! Recycle your aluminum cans with Habitat for Humanity and help us provide a “hand up” to families in need of safe and affordable housing in our community! Details
and 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 latest 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 estimated 22,000 deaths of a year in the United States. Habitat offers test kits at the Orem ReStore or online for just $6.00! Learn more at
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.
FEBUARY 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
RUNNING THE HALLS! Nearly 200 participants ran
the halls of UVU this past Saturday to raise funds for
the UVU sponsored Habitat home currently being built
in Springville. This is the seventh year that UVU has
held the No Snow Indoor 5K on behalf of Habitat and its
local affordable housing mission.
Work in the Orem or Spanish Fork ReStores Monday through Saturday from 106
Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts.
For more information, look online at
www.habitatuc.org or contact LeAnn at (801)
368-2250 or email@example.com. You can
also sign up online at www.habitat.org/volunteer.
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON
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
more information and meeting times.
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 Saturday, February
8, 2014, at the Habitat office in Orem. For information, contact LeAnn at the number or email below.
Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. . The topics are: Weatherization and Home Decorating.
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 February clinic schedule 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 University Parkway in Orem. Look online for February clinic schedule at www.lowes.com.
At CENTRAL UTAH GARDENS – Registration is necessary. Look online for upcoming classes at
How to Prepare your Home for the Spring Season
Spring is right around the corner, and for most home owners it’s an exciting time to get your home ready.
In the winter time, many portions of your home are neglected or aren’t used as often because of home
owners staying inside their homes. From the interiors of your home to the exterior, getting your home
ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy the warmer weather once it hits. Space out your
maintenance tips and by time spring is here, you will be able to enjoy the season!
Start on your exterior: The outside of your home has taken more wear and tear from the harsh winter,
than the interior so start here. Walk around your home and examine caulking around windows and doors,
as well as open windows and doors and look at weather stripping. Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather stripping. Inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles, or tiles, and clean out gutters
and downspouts at the same time.
Landscaping tips: While it may not be time for you to start planting flowers and watering your lawn, it
isn’t too early to ensure you will have ready your garden hoses, walkways, and adjacent areas to your
landscaping. Replace cracked or old garden hoses, and rake away leaves, tree limbs and debris from
sidewalks, plant beds and surrounding areas. If you no longer have snow in your area, now is a good
time to start planning out your spring landscaping ideas and lawn care maintenance regimen. Pressure
wash concrete and paver areas that have become dirty and power wash vinyl siding, brick walls and vertical surfaces on your home if need be.
Check your interior systems: The fall and spring are the two most important times to review your
home’s major HVAC – heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems. Right before the harsh climatic
changes are going to occur. Ensure air filters have been replaced or cleaned and stock up on new air
filters if you use disposable one. Check your air conditioner before the summer to ensure it is in good
working order. If you need to have a service person look at it now, it will be a lot less expensive than 3
months from now.
Interior spring cleaning: By now your windows – inside and out could use a cleaning. You will be surprised how much you can see out your windows, once they are cleaned. Clean off ceiling fans, and clean
out fireplaces from use over the winter. Test your emergency systems in your home: home alarm, smoke
fire alarm, fire extinguisher, and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working properly. Most
home owners forget to test these regularly; fall and spring maintenance time is a perfect opportunity to
ensure they’re in good working order.
Preparing your home for the spring is rewarding now, and 3 months from now! Your home goes through
changes as it ages, and climatic conditions change. Spring maintenance is a good idea for everyone,
and even more important if you’re considering putting your home on the market soon. Home buyers want
to ensure that all systems have been well attended and taken care of before buying a home. If you’re
concerned you will miss something, hire a professional home inspector – they will cover the entire home
from top to bottom. What are you waiting for? Get started, the warm weather is on its way.
(The Simple Dollar)
Vacation with Others
My final tip on inexpensive travel is not just useful from a financial perspective. It also makes for a
much more enjoyable travel experience, too.
Simply put, travel with others. Make your trip into a group excursion and you’ll save money (and increase your enjoyment) in many different ways.
For starters, traveling together allows you to share things. You can sometimes split a car rental if
you travel together, for example, reducing the cost for each of you.
My favorite money saver when traveling as a group, though, is to rent a cabin or a house instead of a
hotel room. You can easily fit two or three families into a house or a cabin for the length of a vacation,
reducing the cost per night for each of the families to a very low rate.
For example, when I traveled to Seattle last summer with my family, we rented a house in the outskirts
with another family, sharing the cost of the home for the eight days we were out there. The cost per
family sunk below a reasonable hotel room.
Even more important, it was very easy to prepare food instead of eating out. We prepared meals
there, ate together there, and even prepared picnics for days out and about. Having this kitchen area
saved us a tremendous amount of money.
If you’re traveling with others, you can often maximize group discounts. If you bump into “buy three,
get one free” deal by yourself, it doesn’t mean much, but if you do it with a large enough group, it can
mean savings for everyone involved.
Another big advantage of traveling in groups is that there are many eyes to help search for bargains. Everyone can do their own travel research in advance of the trip and share their ideas.
Often, another person will find a discount that you may have never discovered, or they may find a free
activity that you never considered. The trip planning itself can turn into a social opportunity as you pass
information and ideas back and forth and come together on the basics of the trip.
In the end, though, a trip with others is an amazing social opportunity above all else. It gives you a
great chance to cement your friendship, both during the planning stages and during the travel itself.
Group travel is just a winner all around/
SAVING TIP (www.bankrate.com)
Get an online savings account.
There are three requirements when looking for a place to put your rainy day fund. It must be liquid,
meaning you can get to the money whenever you need it. It must be free of investment risk. And, you
must earn a return that preserves your buying power against the erosive effect of inflation.
Even at, or just shy of, 1 percent, the top-yielding savings accounts and money market deposit accounts banked by insurance by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. meet the first two of those requirements. And while returns still trail the rate of inflation, they are first to eclipse inflation, should the
pace of price increases fall or when interest rates eventually pick up.
Best of all, these accounts can be opened with little or nothing in the way of a minimum deposit and
are available to consumers anywhere in the 50 states.
HOUSEHOLD HINT (Helpful Tips for your Home by Sheralyn
Do you have crayon marks on your walls? Try taking them off
with a damp rag dipped in baking soda. Dry cleaning solvent
on a cloth towel also works.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's
happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't
sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts
more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable
pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or
both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are
somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn about the warning signs of heart attack
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a
doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don't wait
more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services
(EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the
hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with
chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call
EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.
Benefits of Homeownership –
Homeownership Offers Holistic Benefits
Studies indicate that those who live in a family-owned home are more likely to be
psychologically and emotionally well-adjusted than those who do not. They are
more successful in social interactions and more likely to succeed academically and
Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in
February will be held February 5 and 6, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and February 22, 2014 from 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org.
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 one of our 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. Call 2-1-1 for an appointment.
BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (ww.fi.edu)
Everyday Heart Health Tips
If you're not convinced about the need to develop an exercise program
for your life, you can at least try following some of these tips in your everyday routine. Take advantage of any opportunity for exercise. Try some
Take the stairs instead of an elevator or
escalator at school or the mall. Just start
with one flight. Soon, you'll be ready for
Park your car at the far end of the parking
lot. The short walk to and from the store or
school helps your heart.
If you ride a bus or subway, get off a stop
before your destination. Walk the rest of
If you can, spend a few minutes of your
lunch break taking a stroll around the campus grounds. It should help you stay
awake after lunch.
Think of housework as an extra chance
to exercise. Vacuuming briskly can be a
Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves are chores that can be done
yourself as a chance to exercise.
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If you have a dog, think of the dog as an
exercise machine with fur. A brisk walk
with the dog is good for both of your
hearts. Make it a part of your daily routine.
If you have a family, schedule an afterdinner walk. Make it quality time.
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