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  1. 1. HammerTimeHABBITATFORHUMANITYOFUTAHCOUNTYNewsTIME TO GEAR UP FOR TOUR DEHABITAT!Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is excitedto once again be part of Orem Citys Summer-fest Celebration and sponsor the Tour de Habi-tat Lakes to Peak Bike Ride to benefit its afford-able housing program. This year’s Tour de Habi-tat, sponsored by Ancestry.com, Orem City, Check City, Box Home Loans, Mad Dog Cycles,Power Bar, Fezzari Performance Bicycles, Harmon’s, Orem Owlz, and many others, will be heldSaturday, June 8, 2013, with rides available for varying skill levels.Participants can choose from two differentroutes to conquer:The Lakes Route: a 20 mile ride around OremCity, starting and ending at Lakeside Park,400 South 1850 West in Orem. Registrationbegins at 8 am, ride begins at 9 am. This ridestarts with a gradual climb through the beauti-ful streets of Orem and then drops into a lakeside cruise before returning to the park. A great ridefor the occasional or adventurous rider. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/76160220The Peaks Route: This challenging 60 mile ride begins at Lakeside Park and heads up ProvoCanyon - then choose to climb one, two or all three of these peaks: Squaw Peak, South Fork,and the Alpine Loop Summit. Return and collapse back at Lakeside Park. Registration begins at8 am, ride begins at 9 am. Summiting all 3 peaks, over 5800 feet of climbing, will challenge eventhe hard core riders! http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/76157036/Register in advance on-line at www.tourdehabitat.com, or at the starting point of your ride on theday of the event. The cost for the fully supported event is $30.00 ($35.00 day of event) per per-son for the Lakes or Peaks Route. Riders will receive a t-shirt, drinks and snacks, tickets to anupcoming Orem Owlz game, and other fun giveaways and prizes.HABITAT KICKS OFF CRITICAL HOME REPAIR GRANTPROGRAMHabitat for Humanity of Utah County recently kicked off itsCritical Home Repair Grant Program with help from localHome Depot employees. Habitat provided a $3,500 grant tothe Fisher family in Lehi to put hardwood floors throughouttheir home. Home Depot employees volunteered their time tolay the floor with help from Whitewater and local LDS wardmembers. The mother, Tara Fisher, has Muscular Dystrophyand is in the wheelchair. The new floors will give her muchneeded accessibility throughout her home.Habitat’s Critical Home Repair Grant program is one of threeprogramsoffered through Habitat’s new NeighborhoodRevitalization Initiative (NRI). The Critical HomeRepair Grant program provides grants up to$3,500 for low-income, Utah County homeown-ers, seniors, and Veterans living outside theProvo/Orem area. Grants can be used to repaircritical damage to a home or eliminate immedi-ate hazards to health, safety, and/or sanitation.Program funding was made possible throughUtah County’s CDBG program. To find outmore about this grant program or other localNRI programs, contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250or leann@habitatuc.org.June 2013
  2. 2. 2What’s UpGettin Ahead in Life! Three new graduates from the "Gettin Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By World" program were honored at a graduation ceremony in May at theProvo Seventh Day Adventist Church. Graduates include Habitat moms- AdonicaLimon, Tiffany Eden, and Zoe Lang. This is the first time the local Habitat forHumanity affiliate has partnered with the Utah Valley Circles Initiative to provide theGettin Ahead course for its families.EARTH DAY DONATION! Western Metals Recycling presented a check toHabitat for Humanity of Utah County ReStore Director, Rick McBride, in Mayat their recycling site in Provo. The generous donation was determined basedon the amount of scrap steel and non-ferrous metal that was recycled atcompanys Ironton location during Aprils Earth Day week.Father’s Day Sale! – Bring you dad into one of the Utah County Habitat ReStore Home Improvement Outlets (Orem and Spanish Fork) bythe end of June and get 50% off one used item. Store hours and locations can be found at www.habitatuc.org/donate/restore/.Habitat Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Member! Make a difference in your community! Become an AmeriCorps VISTA mem-ber with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. A VISTA member is needed to help the local Habitat affiliate strengthen its construction andneighborhood revitalization programs through developing streamline, cost effective plans, increasing home sustainability, improving in-kindrecognition program, and creating and implementing Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative programs. This is a one year National Serviceposition. Members receive a modest living allowance and an educational award upon successful completion. To apply or for more informa-tion, look online at AmeriCorps.gov or contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 ext. 103.Join our Cloud! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has adopted a new texting platform called txtCloud that will allow our local Habitataffiliate to keep you up to date on what is happening at the organization - including volunteer opportunities, events, ReStore inventoryarrivals, and much more! We would like to invite you to join Habitat’s Cloud. Using your phone, text UCHabitat to CLOUD or 25683. Youwill 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 ishappening at your local Habitat affiliate! Check it out and see how it works - you may opt out anytime!Funds raised from your donated vehicle are helping build Habitat homes locally, in partnership with families through Habitat’s Cars forHomes program. Details at www.habitatuc.org/habitat_car_donations.html.Turn Cans into Keys! Recycle all your summer party aluminum cans with Habitat for Humanity and help provide safe and affordablehousing for a family in need in our community! More information and drop off locations can be found atwww.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 prod-ucts/venues. Check out this week’s FUNSAVER specials at www.habitatucdeals.info. A portion of your “fun” purchases will help Habitatfurther 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 secondleading cause of lung cancer, causing an estimated 22,000 deaths of year in the United States. Habitat offers test kits at the Orem Re-Store or online for just $6.00! Learn more at www.habitatuc.org/radon_awareness.html.Need tools for your summer projects? Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed toolsand lawn care items for free. New tools have been added recently. The lending library, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340 SouthOrem Blvd., Orem, is open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. An application and proof of residency are required. Look online atwww.habitatuc.org for more information.Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been established to help Habitat homeownerssave for future home repairs and maintenance. Homeowners now can pay a little extra ($10.00 or more) with their monthly mortgage pay-ment. The extra amount will be saved in an escrow like account and can be accessed for home repairs and maintenance. To sign up orfor more information, contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or kena@habitatuc.org.
  3. 3. 3 Photo GalleryWOMEN POWER! Habitat for Humanity held its sixth Na-tional Women Build Week Event the first part of May. The affiliateworked with special guest, World Cup and Olympic SkeletonChampion, Noelle Pikus Pace, and a variety of Utah Countywomen for six days to put up siding and hang drywall at a Habitathome currently under construction with the Artanduaga family inProvo. It was a great week! Special thanks to Lowe’s and An-cestry.com for making this successful week possible!
  4. 4. 4 Photo GalleryBringing it Home for Habitat! Xact-ware, TD Ameritrade, and IM FlashTechnologies employees volunteeredtheir time this past week to help Habi-tat for Humanity of Utah County at theorganizations current constructionprojects in Provo. TD Ameritrade andXactware volunteers worked at theArtanduaga home and hung drywall,installed closet doors, painted the exterior of the home, and helped with landscaping. IM Flash volunteerspainted the exterior of the South Franklin Community Center. Both companies are members of Habitats HomeTeam and have continued to provide generous financial and volunteer support for organization.A PIZZA CELEBRATION! Malawis Pizza recently accomplisheda goal of providing 250,000 nutritiously dense meals to childrenliving in Malawi, Africa. To celebrate this milestone, the local pizzarestaurant encouraged their customers and supporters tovolunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and providedlunch to Habitat’s hardworking volunteers, including Xactwareemployees, at the end of May.
  5. 5. 5Volunteer OpportunitiesJUNE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES• Help Clean Up Habitat Owned Properties in Orem,Springville, Pleasant Grove, Provo, and SpanishFork• Graphic Designers needed for monthly newsletter,annual report, and affiliate marketing needs• Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturdayfrom 10-6• Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts.• Walk in Community Parades• Springville June 8th• Orem June 15th• Pleasant Grove June 22ndJUNE BUILD DAYS—Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, andlandscaping projects. Build days are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers areneeded especially during weekdays. Sign up online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer.VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON COMMITTEESVolunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s lo-cal committees. Monthly meetings, limited time com-mitment, no experience necessary, varying interestsand skills. Look online atwww.habitatuc.org/volunteer/committees.html formore information and meeting times.CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED TO HELP GUIDECONSTRUCTIONVolunteers with construction experience or those want-ing to improve their construction skills are being soughtto participate in the affiliates Crew Leader and SiteHost Programs. Orientations are monthly. For informa-tion, contact LeAnn at the number or email below.For more information, look online atwww.habitatuc.org or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or leann@habitatuc.org. You can also sign uponline at www.habitat.org/volunteer.Benefits of HomeownershipChildren of Homeowners• Enjoy higher rates of educational success, in-cluding graduation rates and post-secondaryeducation.• Experience fewer behavioral problems than chil-dren living in rental situations.• Are more likely to earn more and less likely torely on welfare.• Experience a better social environment, both intheir homes and neighborhood.• Children of homeowners are more likely to be-come homeowners themselves.RESOURCESCommunity Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in June will beheld June 5 and 6, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or June 22, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801)691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org.The 2013 Community Memorial Service, honoring the lives of loved ones passed, will be Wednesday, June 12,2013 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Aspen Senior Care Center, located at 3410 North Canyon Road, Provo.Public welcome.Job Corps is accepting applications for new applicants. To apply or for more information, contact Carolyn Gon-zales at (801) 693-7902.Free English Classes will begin on July 16that Dixon Middle School. Call (801) 374-4904 for more information.Registration will be held July 8-11.The Utah College of Dental Hygiene clinic provides $10.00 dental hygiene services to the general public. Call(801) 426-8234 for more information.Looking for a new job? Be sure to visit jobs.utah.gov/jobseeker. There are new jobs posted daily.Sign up for Summer Camp! South Franklin Day Camp will be Monday, June 24th, at 9:00 a.m. at the SouthFranklin Community Center. For more information, please call (801) 691-5338.
  6. 6. 6 Home Maintenance Tips (tlc.howstuffworks.com)How to Landscape on a BudgetLandscaping on a budget can be a daunting prospect, as you may recall from the bill to fill your small flowerbedlast spring. But fear not, creative one. With a good plan and a little ingenuity, you can create a stunningly land-scaped yard that will make the pros drool. Here are some tips for keeping within your budget.Design FirstThe first step to creating a great landscape design is a well thought-out plan. If youre stymied for ideas, the bestinspiration is to take a walk in your neighborhood and admire other yards that you like. Keep your camera handyto grab a snapshot, and be sure to take good notes. Then its time to take a look around your yard. Take into ac-count shade areas, sun areas, slopes and any other characteristics of your property that will affect what you canbuild and plant. Is your front yard mostly shade? Then landscaping with items other than grass may be in yourfuture. Having a completed design on paper will help you come up with your wish list, so you can get a good ideaof your budget before you even get started.More Bang for Your BuckThere are lots of ways to make your landscaping dollars stretch when it comes to design elements. You can buyyoung plants, which are fairly inexpensive, but may take a few seasons to grow to their full potential. Perennialsare a good investment because they come back every year and get a little bigger to boot. Many perennials dupli-cate themselves or can be divided as they grow, which will help you cover more ground. If your neighbors havemature plants in varieties that you covet, ask for a few starts to plant in your yard. With luck, youll be able to payit forward in a few years. If you have extras of a certain variety, offer to trade with family and friends to vary thelandscaping a bit. And keep an eye out for plant sales, especially toward the end of a season. You may not enjoyflowers immediately, but youll get a nice surprise next year. Be sure to get plants that thrive in your zone, andchoose drought-tolerant varieties if you get lazy about watering in the dog days of summer. You can also savemoney on hardscaping with a little creativity and some occasional scavenging. As they say, one persons junk isanothers treasure, and salvaged objects can make some good-looking yard art. Construction sites are greatplaces to pick up brick and pieces of concrete that make great pathways. And if you need a lot of mulch, it willultimately be cheaper to get it delivered by the truckload rather than hauling home individual bags.Buy in PhasesUnless you have a team of people working with you, it makes sense to buy plants and supplies in phases. Thismethod will also help you make the best use of your budget. You can usually get a better deal on lumber in thewinter, and you can find plants for a lot cheaper later in the season. And if youre buying small plants to savesome hard-earned dineros, you may want to give them a couple seasons to fill in rather than trying to fill theempty space immediately.Make Your House a Healthy Home &More Environmentally-Friendly Too!(EPA)Turning off the faucetwhile you brush yourteeth can save 8 gallonsof water a day!SAVING TIP (America Saves)Save your loose change. Putting aside fifty cents a day over the course of a year willallow you to save nearly 40% of a $500 emergency fund.Dad, youresomeone tolook up tono matterhow tallIve grown.~Author Unknown
  7. 7. 7Savings Strategies (The Simple Dollar)Remember That Time Is MoneyWhat is an hour of your time and energy worth?In simplest terms, an hour of your time is worth whatever you’re paid for an hour’s worth of work at your job. Af-ter all, you’re repeatedly willing to spend your time and energy at that rate, so it must be an exchange rate you’rehappy with.In fact, that’s a pretty good metric to apply to the rest of the time that you have. If there’s a frugality tactic thatcan earn you a better hourly rate than what you make at work, why wouldn’t you do it?Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Let’s say I can make a batch of laundry detergent in fifteen minutesthat, after expenses, saves me $6 over the store brand. Since I need laundry detergent, I end up saving about$24 for every hour of my effort.Another example is making bulk meals in advance. If a meal costs me $6 to assemble, but if I assemble four atonce, it costs me only $5 per meal, resulting in the extra time I spend assembling them saves me $3. It mighttake me an extra half an hour to do it, but it’s an even better deal because I’ll get the time back later when I haveeasy-to-prepare meals in the freezer.You can make comparisons like this with almost any frugal task you take on.If you find that preparing a grocery list saves you an average of $20 per grocery store visit – which is a reason-able amount for a well-considered grocery list to save you – and it takes 45 minutes to prepare it, then you’resaving $26.67 per hour spent assembling grocery lists.If you spend an hour making your own homemade dry soup mixes that cost two dollars less per mix than theones at the store, but you make twenty of them – enough for the whole winter – you’re saving $40 per hour.The time you spend at home on frugal tasks directly converts into money saved. It’s a direct conversion,one with an hourly rate you can calculate if you keep track of the time invested and the money saved on theitem.For me, I shoot for an hourly rate of $10 to $15 (depending on the task) when I’m doing something by myself, ora rate of $5 if it’s an activity I can do with the kids. I’ll usually try an activity once and calculate the hourly rate ofmy savings and if it’s around the $10 mark (or around the $5 mark if I can do it with the kids), I’ll make sure tokeep it in the repertoire.Do this calculation regularly, and you’ll also find yourself with a useful tool for deciding if a new frugal activity isworthwhile enough for you. If you’re just not saving much money for an hour’s worth of effort, there’s almost as-suredly a better way to spend that hour.A frugal task that cuts your expenses by a certain amount is just as good as working for that money – or,arguably, better since you don’t have to pay taxes on the money you save with frugality. Calculate up how muchyou save for a task, compare it to what you earn at work, and you might have yourself a new appreciation forfrugality.HOME MAINTENANCE CLASSESCheck out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be Wednesday,June 26, 2013. The topics are: Landscaping and Lawn Care, and Sprinkler System Maintenance. Classes be-gin 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 June clinic sched-ule 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 Uni-versity Parkway in Orem. Look online for June clinic schedule at www.lowes.com.At CENTRAL UTAH GARDENS – Registration is necessary. Look online for upcoming classes atwww.centralutahgardens.org/classes_events_concerts.aspx
  8. 8. 8 Be CarefulExercise Your RightsJoining a gym is a financial investment. Whether you’re brand-new to exercise or a fitness enthusiast, here aresome facts you should know:• Look for the best deals. Most gyms offer promotional offers throughout the year.• Before you sign gym contract, read the whole thing and make sure you understand it.• Beware of $0 initiation specials. They may come with a laundry list of obligations and requirements, somake sure you understand them clearly.• Things you should ask: “Is the membership month to month or contracted?” “Will my monthly rate go up?”“What comes with my membership?” “What access will I get to other clubs?” “What is the parking situation?”“What happens if the gym goes out of business?” “Why should I join here?”• Ask questions about the equipment – when it was purchased, how it’s maintained, and how often it is up-dated. Take stock of the equipment yourself.• It is important for you to know whether the gym has an ongoing personal trainer institute for its staff, and iftrainers and teachers are required to regularly change fitness routines for members.• Fully understand the gym’s membership cancellation policy. The gym should offer a cooling-off period whenyou first join the gym giving you a short time to cancel and receive a full refund.• Don’t give out your billing information to a gym you don’t plan to join.• Get a weeklong pass to a gym you’re interested in joining and go at different times so you can get the fullexperience of being a member.• Before you join, ask existing members at the gym you’re considering to share their opinions about the facili-ties and staff with you.• Research online consumer reviews and complaints about the gym you’re considering.• Shop around. Compare facilities, equipment, staff, location, classes, and amenities.(Costco ConsumerConnection)BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (my selecthealth)Plan Ahead – Tips to help you have a healthy journeyWhen you are planning a trip of a lifetime, booking airline tickets, and making reservations are sure totop your to-do-list. But it is even more important to travel in good health. These tips from the Center ofDisease Control and Prevention and other experts can help you have a healthy journey.Study up. Log in and learn about any health risks at your destination and what precautions may beneeded to stay safe or avoid illnesses that are common in that part of the world. Health information canbe found for specific regions at cdc.gov/travel.Get needed vaccinations. Several weeks before your trip, see your doctor to review your immunizationsand find out if you need additional travel vaccines or preventive medications.Ask about chronic health problems. A checkup is important if you have a chronic health condition, suchas diabetes. It’s a chance to make sure you’re in good health and to get advice about managing yourcondition away from home.Pack well. Bring extra prescription medications in your carry-on luggage. Keep them in their originalcontainers along with copies of your prescriptions. Also, you may also want to wear a medical alertbracelet if you have allergies or other health issues.Your doctor can offer advice on avoiding jet lag, altitude sickness, leg circulation problems, and otherconcerns.In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams
  9. 9. 9 HOUSEHOLD HINT ("http://www.hints-n-tips.)The Way to Achieve a Spotless Toilet BowlThe Bare Bowl Method -Whats the best way to remove stubborn stains from toilets? The first thing to do is toempty the bowl of most of its water using one of three methods:• Take a bucket of water and pour it rapidly into your bowl — this drives most ofthe water down by sort of a manual flush — enabling you to work directly onthe stains.• Another method — the most convenient — is to take a bowl brush and ramthe water in a controlled way down the toilet trap ten or fifteen times until allthe waters out except a little pool at the bottom.• A third way you can do it is to take a plunger and plunge the water down thetrap.In each case, your objective is the same: emptying the bowl so you can work. Then sprinklethe inside of your bowl liberally with cleanser and give it first a general cleaning using a bowlbrush. Rinse the bowl by taking water from that little pool at the bottom. Then take your pumicestick and work directly on the deposits. The pumice stone is a great tool because it is softerthan the porcelain but harder than the deposits — it wont scratch the bowl; but wet it beforeusing it to be safe and to make it easier to use. Work until all the rings and stains are gone.
  10. 10. 10Amy RoloffAncestry.comApple Spice JunctionBountiful BasketsBYU ChapterCascade ShadowsCasey FinlinsonCenturyLinkCorporate AllianceCoulter NevesDemocratic Women of UtahCountyDerby DarlinsDiamond RentalDie Cuts with a ViewEarl DalyEric BennettFive Star CateringG2G BarsGood Things UtahHale Centre TheatreHappy Valley Derby DarlinsHeidi PriceHome DepotIntermountain Health CareIM FlashJeanette ParkerJeanne WalkerJenny ReesKaren McCandlessKen MathewsKevin TippettsLaNae ValentineLeAnn HillamLen WrightLiesl EyreLonny WoolbrightLowe’sMalawi’s PizzaMorinda BioactivesMountainlands Association ofGovernmentsNancy MickiewiczNoelle Pikus PaceOrem High AP Chemistry ClassPaige HollandPeggy PasinPepsiPink CrushPowerhouse ElectricProvo CityResponse Marketing GroupRunning with AngelsSarah OrmondShelley OlsenSherwin WilliamsStacy CroningerTara RiddleTD AmeritradeThe Artanduaga FamilyThe LaBranche FamilyThe Pikus Pace FamilyTimpanogos HarleyUCAR Community Involvement Com-mitteeUnited Way of Utah CountyUS SyntheticUtah Valley Chamber of CommerceUVU Women’s SuccessCenterValue PagesVivintWestern Metals RecyclingWhitewaterWomen’s Business NetworkXactwareThank YouAncestry.com, Noelle Pikus Pace,Lowe’s
  11. 11. 11Building Resources Committee June 3, 20133:15 p.m. Orem OfficeDevelopment Services Committee June 4, 2013Noon Orem OfficeSite Selection Committee June 6, 2013Noon Orem OfficeTour de Habitat June 8, 20138:00 a.m. Orem Lakeside ParkSpringville Parade June 8, 2013Building Committee June 11,20132:00 p.m. Central BankNRI Committee June 11,20133:00 p.m. Orem OfficeFamily Partnership Committee June 13, 20136:30 p.m. Orem OfficeExecutive Committee June 14, 20137:30 a.m. Orem OfficeOrem Parade June 15, 2013Happy Father’s Day June 16, 2013Board Meeting June 19, 20137:00 a.m. Orem OfficePleasant Grove Parade June 22, 2013ReStore Committee June 24, 2013Noon Orem OfficeHome Maintenance June 26, 20136:30 p.m. Orem Office