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  1. 1. HammerTime HABBITATFORHUMANITYOFUTAHCOUNTY HABITAT BREAKS GROUND ON 54th UTAH VALLEY HOME Habitat for Humanity of Utah County broke ground for its 54th Utah Valley home this past Wednesday. The three bedroom home is being built with Anna Woods and her two sons at 39 South 950 East in Springville, Utah. This is the fourth Habitat home to be constructed in Springville. NEW FAMILIES SELECTED FOR HABITAT PROGRAM Habitat for Humanity of Utah County recently selected six new families no its affordable housing program. The families include Hector and Flora Aleman and their two children, Heather McAllister and her two children, Sione & Kahea Fisiipeau and their seven children, Joseph and Marykae Blair and their five children, Tina Evans and her son, and Les Simpson and Erma Neil and their two children. We are ex- cited to work with these families over the next 24 months as we work with them to build and/or renovate their new safe and affordable homes. HABITAT ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP Habitat for Humanity of Utah County elected a new Executive Committee at its July Annual Meeting. Lo Nestman, Area President at Zions Bank, will serve as President with Brad Simons, Vice President of Magleby Professional Ser- vices, as Vice President, Jeanne Walker, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at AmericanWest Bank, as Secretary, and Kelly Palmer, Vice President at Bank of American Fork, as Treasurer. Special thanks to Johnny McCoy, Nestman, Walker, and Kevin Call for their outstanding service as the Executive team this past fiscal year. HABITAT TO BENEFIT FROM POPULAR ULCER RIDE Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been selected as the non-profit beneficiary for this year's Utah Lake Century Epic Ride (ULCER) Bike Ride. The event will be held this Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park, Lehi, Utah. The check-in area will open at 6:30 a.m. “This is a great opportunity for community cyclists to enjoy the popular and fully supported ride while helping Habitat build more houses for deserving families in our community,” said Kena Mathews, Executive Director of the local Habi- tat affiliate. Online registration is available at Habitat will receive $5.00 per participant. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THIS WEEKEND’S ULCER BIKE RIDE Volunteers are being sought to assist with this weekend’s ULCER (Utah Lake Century Epic Ride). Community volun- teers are needed to help with food prep, registration, packet distribution, handing out medals, clean up, etc. at Thanksgiving Point on August 3rd. Volunteers are also needed that day at various rest stops around Utah Lake to help with food prep and water distribution. Shifts range from 3-6 hours and go on throughout the day. We also need volunteers Friday, August 2, 2013, for packet pick up and ride organization anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for their service efforts. To register to volunteer, follow this shortened link to Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer page or contact LeAnn Hillam or 801.368.2250 for more information. HABITAT RECEIVES STATEWIDE AMERICORPS GRANT Habitat for Humanity of Utah County recently received a statewide AmeriCorps grant from the Utah State Commission on Volunteers. The large grant will allow ten AmeriCorps members to be placed with one of the eight Utah Habitat affiliates and provide direct service related to construction and neighborhood revitalization in those service areas over the next year. The local Habitat affiliate will administer the beneficial grant and oversee the first of its kind, statewide program. The local Habitat affiliate is currently looking for members to serve in Utah County. For more information, please contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or N e w s August 2013
  2. 2. 2 W h a t ’s U p • Pride in Ownership – Larry and Bridget Barker were selected this quarter’s Pride in Ownership award winner for beautifying and maintaining their home at 71 West 770 North, Santaquin. The Barkers also won the annual Pride in Ownership award and received a $150.00 gift card for their ongoing maintenance efforts. • Summer Family Party! Vivint will host Habitat’s Annual Summer Party on August 14th at its headquarters in North Provo. Food, fun and games are planned for the evening. • Add the local Habitat ReStore to your Saturday shopping list! Great bargains on new and used building materials, appliances, and furniture! Hours and locations can be found at • Go Green with Habitat for Humanity! Recycle your aluminum cans, cardboard, paper, newspaper, phone books, and scrap metal and help Habitat provide safe and affordable housing for families in need in our community. Drop off locations are listed at • This ’86 Dodge motorhome was generously donated to Cars for Homes in Tucson, Arizona. It was auctioned off, gen- erating funds for Tucson Habitat for Humanity helping to fund home building and renovation projects for local families in need of safe, decent housing: To find out how your car donation can help the local Habitat affiliate, visit • Stay up to date with all the local Habitat happenings! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has adopted a new tex- ting platform called txtCloud that will allow our local Habitat affiliate to keep you up to date on what is happening at the organization - including volunteer opportunities, events, ReStore inventory arrivals, and much more! We would like to invite you to join Habitat’s Cloud. Using your phone, text UCHabitat to CLOUD or 25683. You will be asked three ques- tions - your zip code, your gender and the year you were born. You are now ready to keep up to date with what is hap- pening at your local Habitat affiliate. We know your phone is sacred space. Spam is not allowed. Check it out and see how it works - you may opt out anytime! • Check out Habitat’s FUNSAVER Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the latest bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s FUNSAVER specials at 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 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 fall 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, lo- cated 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 for more information. • Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been established to help Habitat homeowners save for future home repairs and maintenance. Homeowners now can pay a little extra ($10.00 or more) with their monthly mortgage payment. The extra amount will be saved in an escrow like account and can be accessed for home repairs and maintenance. To sign up or for more information, contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or Fiesta Day Parade! Habitat partner families and homeowners spent their 24th of July holiday walking in Spanish Fork's Fiesta Days Parade in support of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Parade walkers handed out Habitat program flyers and candy to holiday parade goers. We appreciate our families’ ongoing dedi- cation to our local affordable housing mission.
  3. 3. 3 P h o t o G a l l ery CYCLISTS PEDAL INTO PROVO TO HELP HABITAT! Cyclists from all around the country pedaled into Provo in July to help Habitat for Humanity of Utah County with the restoration and renovation of the George Taylor, Jr. home in Provo. The riders helped with lead abatement and demolition at the home, located at 187 North 400 West.
  4. 4. Parking Strip Transfor- mation! As part of their Youth Conference, close to 50 teens from the LDS Highland 37th Ward and their adult leaders helped to transform the parking strips at Habitat’s TyRay Homes Project in Provo. Youth, ages 14-18, worked for seven hours installing drip systems, laying weed barrier fabric, and putting in cobblestone in the parking strips at the six Habitat home project. Employees from US Synthetic also spent a number of days in July volunteering their time working on the parking strip project. Employees planted over 200 plants and moved 40 tons of cobble- stone and 10 ton of rock mulch helping to upgrade Northwest Provo subdivision. TD AMERITRADE, UVU CUT RIBBON ON NEW HABITAT HOME - Habitat for Humanity of Utah County in partnership with TD Ameritrade and Utah Valley University (UVU) cut the ribbon on a new Habitat home during the first week in July in Provo. The 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, located at 1042 North 950 West, Provo, was built with Jose and Lissi Artanduaga and their three children. This is the fourth area home that these organizations have helped to build and sponsor and the 53rd Habitat home to be built in Utah County. 4 P h o t o G a l l ery WE DID IT! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County joined Boulders Apartment Manage- ment, Provo City, Provo City Housing Authority, United Way of Utah County, Community Action Services and Food Bank, and many others to celebrate the completion of the South Franklin Community Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Tuesday. The local Habitat worked with these agencies and over 1,000 community volunteers and sup- porters to construct the new 2,500 square foot Community Center at 770 South 700 West, Provo over the past year.
  5. 5. 5 AUGUST VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday from 10-6 • Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. 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 for 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. Orienta- tions are monthly. The next orientation will be on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Habitat office in Orem. For informa- tion, contact LeAnn at the number or email below. Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The topics are: Weatherization and Home Decorating. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Habi- tat office at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem. At HOME DEPOT – Registration is necessary. Call store or register online. Look online for the August clinic schedule at At LOWE'S - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140 West University Park- way in Orem. Look online for August clinic schedule at At CENTRAL UTAH GARDENS – Registration is necessary. Look online for upcoming classes at V o l un t eer O p p o rt un it ies H o m e M a in t en a n c e C l a s s es “Learning is a treasure that will follow its“Learning is a treasure that will follow its“Learning is a treasure that will follow its“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”owner everywhere.”owner everywhere.”owner everywhere.” ————Chinese ProverbChinese ProverbChinese ProverbChinese Proverb • Walk in Payson Onion Day Parade on Labor Day (September 2, 2013) • Help with ULCER Bike Ride this weekend For more information, look online at or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or You can also sign up online at AUGUST BUILD DAYS Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping projects. Build days are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sign up online at HOUSEHOLD HINT ( Removing Permanent Marker. Many parents with kids, or people working in offices, will have experienced the problem of someone using permanent marker on a dry-erase board or other similar surface. Removing the “permanent” ink is remarka- bly simple. Just scribble over top of the permanent ink with a Dry Erase marker. It will almost instantly dissolve the perma- nent ink and you can just wipe the surface clean with a dry cloth or whiteboard eraser.
  6. 6. 6 H o m e M a in t en a n c e T ip s ( 30 Smart Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall Cooler temperatures and pretty soon falling leaves serve as a reminder that the fall season is fast approaching. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. Even though summer is not quite over yet, it’s a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. The weather can change quickly, especially if you live in a colder climate and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later. Interior Maintenance • Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows. • Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months. • Winterize air conditioning. If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks. • Programmable thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings. • Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly. • Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well. Exterior Maintenance • Do a roof check. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris. • Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. • Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons. • Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional. • Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks. • Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary. • Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows. • Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze. • Service sprinklers and irrigation system. Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas. • Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof. • Trim landscaping. Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone. • Bring in flowerpots. If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.
  7. 7. 7 BE CAREFUL (Costco for your pets) Adopting a Family Pet Adding a furry, finned or feathered critter into the family can be a fun and rewarding decision, but it isn’t one that should be taken lightly. When you decide to adopt a pet, you’re making a commitment to care for an animal for the duration of its life, which takes time, effort and money. Before signing the pet adoption pa- pers, make sure you’ve thought through your decision and are properly prepared for the newest member of your family. • Hold a family meeting. Let everyone in the family voice his or her interest and expectations about having a pet. • Evaluate finances. Having a pet can be quite costly. • Think about your lifestyle. • Consider rescue animals. • Look beyond cats and dogs. • Plan for adoption. Before adopting a new family member, ask if there is a home visit program that lets you “test-drive” an animal to make sure it is a good fit. • Prep the house. • Plant bulbs. If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground. • Leaf removal. Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules. • Fertilize lawn. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you. • Put away seasonal furniture. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry fur- niture and store in a dry place over winter. • Close the pool. If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself. • Organize the shed. As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze. In the Garage • Service summer power equipment. Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring. • Store summer vehicles. If you have a motorcycle, summer car, ATV or other type seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well. • Get winter equipment ready. Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate. • Test the generator. If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good work- ing order. • Buy extra gasoline. Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s reaches. • Clean the garage. Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there! As you’re enjoying the last bits of summer, make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season. Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. Properly maintaining your home also enhances its value and appeal and is less effort than managing a crisis later. When the chilly weather approaches you and your home will be ready.
  8. 8. 8 S a v in g s S t ra t eg ies S A V I N G T I P ( A m e r i c a n S a v e s . o r g ) Benefits of Homeownership – Homeownership Builds Stronger Families Compared to renters (of the same age, in- come, race, etc.), homeowners: • Are 10% more likely to attend church • Are 16% more likely to belong to par- ent-teacher organizations, block clubs, etc. • Read newspapers 1.3 times more often • Are less likely to have alcohol and substance-abuse problems 365 Ways to Live Cheap – Find Frugal Friends When you spend time with your friends, what do you do? Do you go to each other’s houses for potluck dinners, or do you go out on the town for dinner? When you watch movies together, do you toss a DVD some- one already owns into the DVD player at a friend’s house, or do you head to the theater? When you have a party, do you try to outdo each other with expensive finger foods and beverages, or do you just enjoy whatever’s available? When you’re bored and call up a friend for something to do, do you get together and play a board game or do some crafts, or do you head out for a round of golf or some shop- ping? The answers to these questions aren’t absolutes, but your answers likely trend a certain way. If they trend toward the side of spending, you might want to look at rebooting your social circle a bit and find friends that will encourage you to have a lot of fun on the cheaper side. How do you find frugal friends, though? (The Simple Dollar) Your best bet is to go where frugal people would go. Look for social groups that don’t require a significant amount of money to be spent to enjoy the activity. Free classes at the community center is one good place, as are book clubs spon- sored by the local library. Volunteer activities are another good way to meet people whose social activity isn’t necessarily fo- cused on spending. When you engage in these activities, look for people to build friendships with. Be outgoing. Get to know as many of the people there as you can. Look particularly for the ones that click with you in some fashion. Then, engage in frugal social activities with those people. Invite them over for a potluck dinner. Or to watch a movie. Or to play a board game. Or to work on a craft project. Or to make a bunch of meals in advance. The number of frugal things peo- ple can do together and have fun is almost infinite. Before you know it, you’ll have cultivated a social circle whose normal behavior is one that conserves money rather than a social circle that spends money. Not only will that save you money in terms of your social outings, but it will also save you money in terms of the social reinforcement of frugal behavior when you’re not around your friends.
  9. 9. 9 BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (SelectHealth Total Fitness) Backyard bouncing – Safety rules to leap at Ask emergency room doctors about trampolines, and they’ll likely shout, “Just say no!” Doctors treat hundreds of thousands of trampoline injuries a year, and many say it’s best not to have them at home. But if one bounces into your life, install it in the ground with the surface at ground level, advises American Acad- emy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Then set non-negotiable safety rules, including these: • Only one person at a time can be on the trampoline. • No one younger than age six can use it. • An adult must always supervise children. • No tricks, somersaults, or high-risk maneuvers allowed. Also, make sure that protective padding is in good shape and in place. And be aware that new enclosures do not guarantee safety. Most injuries happen on the trampoline surface itself. Inflatable bouncers – a hit at parties and fairs – can case injuries similar to trampolines. Allow only kids of similar size to play together in them. And never allow daredevil or headfirst stunts of any kind. Trampoline or bounce centers are a popular place for birthday parties and school trips. These centers have many trampolines, bounce houses, foam pits, and other equipment. At Intermountain Utah Valley Regional Medi- cal Center, doctors have seen an increase in injuries from these type of centers from 2011 to 2012. Before you go, find out if the center has a waiver you need to sign and if there are safety rules you need to follow. Visit their website to make sure the equipment is well-maintained and that the facility has areas for parents to supervise children. R E S O U R C E S Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in August will be held August 7 and 8, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or August 24, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to Project Read is offering a Free Tutoring Lab for any adult who wants help with literacy skills. Tues- day, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Project Read Office at 550 North Uni- versity Avenue #215, Provo. People Helping People’s Employment Program offers a unique, long term, one-on-one approach that teaches women how to get a good job, perform well in a job, and seek and receive pay raises and promotions. For more information, visit Fall semester begins in September. Make Your House a Healthy Home & More Environmentally-Friendly Too! (EPA) Save energy and money by turning off unused lights and unplugging appliances when not in use. ”Education is the movement from darkness to light.” ~Allan Bloom
  10. 10. 10 A1 Safe & Vault Services Adonica Limon and Family All American Sod American’s Freedom Festival Amy Baum Anna Woods and Family Beckie Price Bella View Bike and Build BMC West Bob Stephens Brad and Linda Walton Brad Simons Chuck Smith CRSA Doug Carlson Ellison Family GE Capital Geneva Pipe Gordon Case M Flash Technologies Jeanne Walker Johnny McCoy JP Morgan Chase Kevin Call Kim Childs LaBranche Family Liberty Safe Liesl Eyre Lightning Peak Lo Nestman Lowe’s – Orem and Lehi Magleby Construction Mayor Wilford Clyde Merilee Bishop Michael Sotuyo Mountain Topsoil Nephi Sandstone Provo City Provo City Housing Authority Provo Seventh Day Adventist Church Response Marketing Group Rodriguez Family Sensuous Sandwich Sherwin Williams Shirley Ashby and Family Springville City Stan and Stella Welsh Steve Cornell Stewart Gardner Surefire Pizza Susan Sorenson TD Ameritrade The Woods Family Todd Moulton Tukuafu Family United Way of Utah County US Synthetic Utah Commission on Volunteers Utah Valley Consortium of Cities and County Utah Valley Home Builders Association Utah Valley University Valspar Wells Fargo Whirlpool Wolf Mountain Woodstuff WPA Architecture Thank You TD Ameritrade, Utah Valley University, Bike and Build
  11. 11. 11 Of Utah County Site Selection August 1, 2013 Noon Habitat office ULCER August 3, 2013 Thanksgiving Point Development Services August 6, 2013 Noon Habitat office New Family Orientation August 7, 2013 7:00 p.m. Habitat office Family Partnership August 8, 2013 6:30 p.m. Habitat office Primary Election August 13, 2013 Building Committee August 13, 2013 2:00 p.m. Central Bank NRI Committee August 13, 2013 3:00 p.m. Habitat office Habitat Family Party August 14, 2013 Vivint Executive Committee August 16, 2013 7:30 a.m. Habitat office Building Resources August 20, 2013 7:00 a.m. Habitat office Board Meeting August 21, 2013 7:00 a.m. Habitat office New Family Build Orientation August 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. Habitat office ReStore August 26, 2013 Noon Habitat office Home Maintenance August 28, 2013 6:30 p.m. Habitat office Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Site Selection 2 3 ULCER 4 5 6 Development Services 7 New Family Orientation 8 Family Partner- ship 9 10 11 12 13—Primary Election Building Commit- tee NRI Committee 14 Habitat Family Party 15 16 Executive Com- mittee 17 18 19 20 Building Re- sources 21—Board Meeting New Family Build Orientation 22 23 24 25 26 ReStore 27 28 Home Mainte- nance 29 30 31