July 2012 News COME PLAY IN THE SAND AND LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HOMEOWNERSHIP PRO- GRAMS! As part of the America’s Freedom Festival at Provo Freedom Days activities, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and Rural Housing Development Corporation are teaming up to sponsor the annual “A Day at the Beach” event for both kids and kids at heart on July 2, 3, and 4, 2012. The “Day at the Beach” event will be located in the Freedom Village on 200 East Center Street in Provo and will feature the Staker Parson sand truck, free balloons, fun prizes, and information about local housing programs. Bring the kids and learn how Newsletter you can realize your dream of homeownership! HABITAT TO CUT RIBBON ON 49TH HOME! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be cutting the ribbon on its 49th Utah Valley home on Monday, July 2, 2012 at noon. Lunch will be served. All interested communityH A B B HT A TB I T AR H U M AH U T Y N IFT Y T A H UC O U N C O U N T Y members are invited to attend. The four bedroom renovation home, located at 95 East 400 North in Orem, will provide safe and affordable housing for Beckie Price and her three Hammer Time sons. The home was donated to Habitat and is the organization’s sixth renovation project in its service area. TAH TY LOCAL HABITAT TO CELEBRATE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT UPCOMING ANNUAL MEETING Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will celebrate another successful year at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. In addition to highlighting this year’s successes, the affiliate will also be saying goodbye to this year’s Executive Committee, installing new Board officers, and introducing this year’s theme. All interested community U OF members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. What’s Up I AB FO T FOR NI MA O Congratulations to Habitat Board President, Val Hale. Hale was recently named the President and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Welcome New Board Members! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County would like to wel- come Bob Stephens, Linda Gause, and Jonathan Mecham to its Board of Directors. We would also like to thank Rosanna Ungerman and Ron Price for their wonderful service on the board. Getting Ahead to Graduate! Eight new graduates from the “Getting Ahead in a Just- Getting-By World” program will be honored at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenicview Academy in North Provo. Graduates are all Habi- tat partner families. Shop for a Cause! Purchase your Shop for a Cause tickets at the Orem Habitat ReStore for only $5.00 and when you shop at Macy’s on Saturday, August 25, 2012, you will re- ceive 25% off on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands you love, throughout the store, as well as 10% off furniture, mattresses and area rugs. And, you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary. Ticket proceeds bene- fit Habitat for Humanity of Utah County! Working on Summer Home Improvement Projects? Check at the Habitat ReStore in Orem at 340 South Orem Blvd. and get great discounts on all the items you will need to spruce up your home! Donate Your Old Car! Cars for Homes, Habitat for Humanity’s vehicle donation program, accepts donated cars, which are auctioned or recycled, with proceeds helping local Habi- tat affiliates build homes. Info at www.habitatuc.org/habitat_car_donations.html.
2 Need Tools to Get Your Home and Property Ready for Spring? 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 li- brary, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, is open Monday through Sat- urday from 10-6. An application and proof of residency are required. Look online at www.habitatuc.org for more information. Check out Habitat’s New VP Deals Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the latest bargains on local products/venues. Check out this weeks specials at www.habitatucdeals.info. A portion of your “deal” purchases will help Habitat further its housing mission in the community. Help Habitat for Humanity of Utah County celebrate its 20th Year in Utah County! Join the new 20/20 campaign and give $20.00 in 2012! Five thousand $20.00 donations will allow us to build our 50th Utah Valley home in the coming year. Donate online at www.habitatuc.org or mail a check to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, Utah 84058 It’s a DEAL! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is offering a new Habitat Discount Card through Deal Dragon for only $30.00. The card, worth over $20,000, includes values, discounts, and freebies on food, clothing, services, and much more. Proceeds will be used for local construction efforts. Cards can be purchased online at www.habitatuc.org or at the Habitat Restore. Life Insurance Options! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has teamed with First West Benefits to provide life insurance options for Habitat homeowners and partner families. Insurance payments can be included in monthly mortgage payments. For more information, please contact Ross Landon at First West Benefits at (801) 224-9600. Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been estab- lished 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. Photo Gallery Wells Fargo "Teams" With Habi- tat Again - Wells Fargo Bank has generously "teamed" with Habitat for Humanity again this year and recently presented the area affiliate GREEN BOOTIES! Habitat for Hu- with a $15,000 check for the Bran- manity of Utah County partnered with don home in Pleasant Grove. Wells the Utah County Health Department to Fargo employees from local mort- promote radon awareness during the gage offices also gave a day of their Utah Valley Home Builders Parade of time to help with framing and block- Homes in June. The organizations pro- ing at the Brandon home. vided those visiting the McEwan Cus- tom Home at 1643 East Box Elder Freedom has its life in the hearts, the ac- Drive in Alpine with “green” booties tions, the spirit of men and so it must be and information to help make the com- daily earned and refreshed - else like a munity aware about the dangers of flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. —- radon gas. Dwight D. Eisenhower
33 Photo Gallery Teeing off with Massages and Silence! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County sponsored holes at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Utah County Association of REALTORS Golf Tournaments this past month. Golfers, were treated to mas- sages from True Balance Massage and Cracker Jacks. Habitat staff also provided "silence" for the golfers helping them to hit better and increase their score. CYCLING FOR A CAUSE! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County held its fourth annual Tour de Habitat Lakes to Peaks Benefit Ride on June 9, 2012. It was a beautiful morning for a ride! As part of the event, three rides were held for varying skill levels. In the morning, many of the 92 registered riders took on the lofty challenge to ride up all three peaks in Provo Canyon -Squaw Peak, South Fork, and to the top of the Alpine Loop - some finishing the 60 mile ride with 5,800 climbing feet in less than four hours. Others took it a bit easier and road around Orem or limited their ride to one or two of the peaks. A group of boy scouts even came out to complete a cycling merit badge. In the evening, a handfull adults and children braved high winds and rode the Orem Summerfest parade route with Orem City Bike Patrol Officers. Hootz and Holly from the Orem Owlz were there to cheer on the riders.
44 Its Parade Season! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has partnered with Mountain America Credit Union to participate in several community parades this summer. Habitat families, volunteers, and credit union employees are walking next to Habitats "float" handing out ReStore flyers and candy to pa- rade attendees throughout the summer parade season. Board Builders! As part of their June Board Meeting, members of the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County Board of Directors helped to roof the Brandon home in Pleasant Grove. Board President, Val Hale, and new Board member, Bob Stephens, have wicked nail gun skills! Watch out! July Build Days Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping projects. Build days are generally held Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed especially during weekdays. Sign up online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer. JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday from 10-6 Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. Drivers needed during the week and on Saturdays. Walk in City Parades throughout the summer • July 21st American Fork • July 24th Spanish Fork • August 4th Santaquin • August 11th Salem and Alpine • September 3rd Payson Man Booths – • Classic Car Shows at Provo Towne Centre – throughout summer • Provo’s Farmer’s Market –Saturday’s until October • Freedom Festival Day at the Beach – July 3 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and July 4 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
55 VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED COMMITTEES TO HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s Volunteers with construction experience, or local committees. Monthly meetings, limited time those wanting to improve their construction skills, commitment, no experience necessary, varying are being sought to participate in the affiliates interests and skills. Look online at Crew Leader and Site Host Programs. Orienta- www.habitatuc.org/volunteer/committees.html for tions are monthly. For information, contact more information and meeting times. LeAnn at the number or email below. 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. Home Maintenance Classes Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be July 31, 2012. The topic will be Landscaping and Lawn Care, Sprinkler System Maintenance. 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 July 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 Parkway in Orem. Look online for July clinic schedule at www.lowes.com. Free Gardening Classes at Central Utah Gardens! JUST FOR KIDS! Jul 18, 2012 11:00 AM Animals & Water Aug 08, 2012 11:00 AM Water Conservation To see full schedule and to register for classes, look online at "http://www.centralutahgardens.org. The Vineyard Garden Center in Orem is now offering free classes, gardening tips, and great discounts. Check out their Facebook page for more information at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vineyard- Garden-Center/279164291213. HOUSEHOLD HINT ("http://www.hints-n-tips.com/) Ants or other bugs around kitchen sink/bathroom: Put mixture of dish soap and water into empty spray bottle and keep handy. When you see the insects, spray with the mixture. The soap actually breaks down their exo-skeletons and they die almost immediately. Cheap and easy clean-up BE CAREFUL! (UseOnlyAsDirected.org) SAFE DISPOSAL OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain. Scientific studies have shown that medications are present in small amounts in our lakes, rivers and ground water and may be bad for the environment. Do your part to prevent poisonings, pollution and abuse. Clean out your medicine cabinet and take un- used medications to collection bins located at police stations and sheriff’s offices for safe and legal dis- posal. You cannot take medications back to your pharmacy. To find safe disposal sites and special medication collection events, visit useonlyasdirected.org and click on safe disposal. If you cannot find a collection site or event in your community, follow these steps for safe disposal in your garbage: Remove all personal identification from the bottles. Crush and mix unused drugs with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds, table scraps or dirt. Place mixture in a sealed container and put it in your trash can on the day of pick-up.
6 Home Maintenance Tips (www.statefarm.com) Summer Maintenance For Your Home—- Rising temperatures and glorious sunny days make summer an ideal season for getting work done around the house. Whether you’re cooling off indoors or working on your tan, take the time to perform some simple, routine home maintenance. You’ll have a safer home if you catch problems and wear-and-tear before they become hazards. Keeping Cool Inside—Energy efficiency is a top priority when electricity bills climb as high as the tem- peratures outside. Hopefully you’ve had your air conditioning system checked in the spring, as repairmen are often busy in the summer and you may have to sweat it out until your appointment. Ceiling fans provide an energy-efficient way of circulating cool air. Dust them if needed and balance any wobbly blades by tightening loose screws. For additional energy efficiency, check windows and doors for air leaks and seal with weather stripping or caulk as needed. You’re paying for the cool air, so take steps to be sure it’s not escaping outdoors. Home Exterior Care and Landscaping—Take advantage of the warm weather and wash the outside of your windows and clean the siding. While it might be tempting to use a pressure washer, a garden hose is best to avoid potentially damaging the exterior of your home. Apply a coat of fresh paint if needed, and repair any damaged vinyl or aluminum siding. Be aware of termites while you’re outside inspecting your home. Termites can easily go undetected until significant damage has been done. Look for telltale signs like flaking wood or mud buildup and tunneling systems in the exterior wood of your home. Professional pest control inspections are recommended if you have any suspicions of possible infestation. Well-tended landscaping and a trim and tidy house are as welcoming to guests as the smells of a barbe- que. Garden beds look their best when mulched and weeded. Summer annuals can be induced to pro- duce more flowers and bloom longer when you deadhead them. Removing spent flowers also prevents the plant from going to seed. Check garden plants, trees, and shrubs for insect infestations. Unhealthy plants should be removed so that others may thrive. Lush green grass is of course desirable; however, it is not always realistic or water-efficient. Encourage healthy grass growth with regular mowing, but remember: Keeping grass cut longer in the summer months will prevent roots from drying out as quickly. Grass and plants should be watered in the morning to allow the water to soak through the soil throughout the day in order to completely nourish their root systems. Check to see if your municipality has water conservation restrictions before watering your lawn or garden. Trees provide shady ambience and should be well cared for to avoid potential damage to your home. Keep their branches pruned and at a safe distance from your home to avoid storm-related damage. In- spect trees for signs of decay, such as cracks or hollowed limbs, and keep branches clear of your home and power lines. Arborists or tree care professionals can assist with the cutting and removal of large or high limbs. Also, before planting additional trees and shrubs in your yard, take into consideration the plants size when mature and whether or not roots might intrude upon underground pipes or paved surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. Garage Upkeep—Hazardous materials such as paint and solvents should be disposed of properly. Don’t store heat-sensitive or combustible materials in the garage, as the temperature will be rising throughout the season. Inspect the floor for grease spots from leaking car fluids, and have your car serviced promptly if you find any. If you have children, instruct them not to go in the garage unaccompanied. Store your hand tools and power tools behind a lock and key. Fertilizers, weed-killers, and pesticides should be stored out of a child’s reach or behind a locked cabinet. You might also consider organic gardening, which employs non- toxic alternatives to these poisonous chemicals. This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis
Driveways And Walkways—Inspect the pavement for cracks and holes, and remedy them. This goes a77 long way in preventing accidental slips, trips, and falls. It also works to avoid larger repairs or resurfacing in the future. If you see weeds popping up between cracks in the pavement, resist the urge to pull them up. You’ll remove the upper part of the weed, but the root system will remain intact and new growth will return within a few weeks. For a cost-effective solution, boil water in a kettle, carefully carry the kettle out- side, and pour the water on any weeds to kill them off for the season. Make Your House a Healthy Home! (EPA) How can you protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning? Never idle your car or lawnmower in the garage, even if the garage door is open. SAVING TIP (The Simple Dollar) Buy video games that have a lot of replay value – and don’t acquire new ones until you’ve mastered what you have. My video game buying habits have changed quite a bit since my “game of the week” days. Now, I focus on games that can be played over and over and over again, and I focus on mastering the games that I buy. Good targets include puzzle games and long, involved quest games – they maximize the value of your gaming dollar. SAVE ENERGY (www.we-energies.com) Washers and dryers • Adjust the water level. If you have a washer that allows you to control the load’s water level, adjust the level according to laundry load size. You can save energy by using less hot water for small loads. • Run full loads. Always run a full load in your washer or dryer. Running a partial load uses the same amount of energy as a full load – but you get less done. Running full loads allows you to run your washer or dryer less often. • Wash laundry in warm or cold water. Washing laundry with warm or cold water works your water heater less. Use hot water only when the greatest cleaning is needed. • Rinse in cold water. Rinse water temperature has no effect on cleaning. Rinsing with cold water saves money by heating less water. • Place the washer close to the water heater. Water loses heat as it flows through pipes. When the washer is located near the water heater, hot water doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the washer, and less heat is lost. Insulating the pipes between the water heater and washer helps retain heat, too. • Don’t dry clothes excessively. Drying laundry excessively uses more energy than is needed, and is hard on fabrics. If you purchase a dryer, get one with an electronic sensor that shuts off the dryer when clothes are dry. • Clean the lint filter. After each load, clean the filter to keep the dryer running efficiently. Also, periodi- cally check the air vent and hose for clogging. Keeping the air vent and hose free of lint prevents a fire hazard. BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Every home purchased pumps more than $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements, and re- lated items.
88 SAVE STRATEGIES (American Saves) Budgeting and Saving for a Wedding A recent article revealed that the average couple spent $27,000 on their wedding in 2011. No matter how much your wedding will cost there are two important steps in keeping your costs to a minimum. Like planning for any large purchase it’s good to Create a Wedding Budget and a Savings Timeline. Setting a date and making sure you have enough time to save for your wedding are important first steps once you get engaged. You may want to pick a date and venue as soon as possible but take some time to figure out what kind of wedding you want to have and how much you want to spend. Be sure to give yourself time to save enough money for whatever kind of wedding you want. Soon after you have had some conversations about what kind of wedding you want to have (local vs. destination, small vs. big, day vs. evening) sit down and take a look at the numbers. It’s hard when you start with an “ideal” vision in your head and then realize the cost is out of your budget. So before you make too many plans, sit down with your future partner and talk about how much you want to spend on the event. You may find it helpful to write out a range of the costs associated with all the different elements of your wedding. It’s amazing how quickly all the little items add up. Find Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Budget Once you have a draft wedding budget written out, find places to cut money. Here are some sugges- tions on how to cut costs. • Invitations – Design and print your own save the dates and invitations. Better yet, email them. • Flowers – Make your own wedding bouquet and centerpieces by buying bulk flowers and assem- bling them yourself OR reuse bridesmaid’s flowers and centerpieces during the reception. • Food – Do heavy appetizers instead of a full meal or a hold your wedding during the day to save money. • Attire – Find cheaper alternatives in local department stores, or by buying used. • Reception – Recruit crafty friends to make unique homemade centrepieces. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Habitat is seeking part-time construction laborer. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is currently looking for a temporary construction laborer, 24 hours per week, $12.00 per hour. Must have experience and be able to read house plans. For more information, please contact John Roberts at (801) 404-0232. RESOURCES Redemtech is providing Habitat homeowner families with refurbished, desktop computers. If you are interested, please contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in July will be held July 11th and 12th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or July 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To reg- ister, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org. There are many ways Intermountain Health Care supports the communities we serve besides provid- ing high quality medical care at the lowest possible cost. And, there are many ways the community in turn supports Intermountains mission. Information at http://intermountainhealthcare.org/communitysupport/Pages/home.aspx. Through the Professional Clothing Source, Turning Point provides donated professional clothing for women as they re-enter school and/or the workforce. Available by appointment only at (801) 863-7580.
9 Save the Date! The Annual “Composing Your Life” Women’s Health Conference will be Saturday, September 8th. Find out more and register beginning July 1st at www.utahvalleyregional.org/whc. Mountainlands Community Health Center provides ongoing primary care for low-income, uninsured, and insured residents in Utah County. Services include basic medical, obstetrics/gynecology, immuniza- tions, vision and hearing screenings, physical exams, therapy and counseling, dental exams, and mental health services. Fees are on sliding scale based on income and family size. For more information, look online at www.mountainlands.org or call (801) 374-9660. BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (SelectHealth Total Fitness) 5 Steps to Better Health • Do you have five minutes to spare? If so, you can accomplish more than you might imagine when it comes to protecting your health. Use those five minutes to give one of these ideas a try: Make a potentially life-extending phone call. Are you overdue for a checkup with your doctor, immu- nizations, or a screening test such as a mammogram? Don’t put it off any longer. Schedule an ap- pointment now. • Learn the signs of a heart attack. Rapid medical care is key to surviving a heart attack, which means recognizing the symptoms is essential. • Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) online. BMI is an indication of body fat based on your height and weight. Go to www.cdc.gov/bmi to determine your BMI. • Get your blood pressure checked. About one in five people with high blood pressure don’t know they have this health problem. • Be a disease detective. Ask a relative about your family’s health history. Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~ Albert Camus
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1111 Habitat for Humanity Of Utah County Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 —Price 3 4 —Happy 5 —New Board 6 7 Ribbon Cutting Fourth of July Member Office and Re- Orientation Store Closed Freedom Festival Day at the Beach 8 9 10 Develop- 11 12 —Site Se- 13 14 —Crew ment Services lection Committee Leader and Site Committee —Site Selection Host Training —Building Com- Committee —Family Mentor mittee Training 15 16 — 17 —Annual 18—Getting 19—Finance 20 21— Executive Com- Meeting Ahead Gradua- Committee American Fork mittee tion Parade 22 23 24 —Spanish 25 26 27 28 Fork Parade - Happy Pioneer Day Office and ReStore Closed 29 30 31 —ReStore Committee —Home Mainte- nance Class Price Ribbon Cutting Development Services Crew Leader and Site Host American Fork Parade July 2, 2012 at noon Committee Training July 21st 95 East 400 North in July 10th at Noon July 14th Habitat Office Orem Habitat office Spanish Fork Parade Executive Committee July 24th Freedom Festival Day at Building Committee July 16th at 7:30 a.m. the Beach July 10th at 2:00 p.m. Habitat office July 2-4 State Building in Central Bank Happy Pioneer Day Provo July 24th Office and Site Selection Committee Annual Meeting ReStore Closed Happy Fourth of July July 12th at noon July 17th at 6:30 p.m. Office and ReStore Habitat office Location TBD ReStore Committee Closed July 31st at noon Site Selection CommitteeJuly Getting Ahead Graduation Habitat office New Board Member 12th at 6:30 p.m. Habitat July 18th at 7:30 p.m. Orientation office Scenicview Home Maintenance Class July 5th at 10:00 a.m. July 31st at 6:30 p.m. Habitat office Habitat office Family Mentor Training July Finance Committee 12th at 7:30 p.m. July 19th at 8:00 a.m. Habitat office Habitat office