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  1. 1. News PICK YOUR LOCAL PASSION! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is joining forcing with ten other local non-profits to promote a March one-day giving and awareness campaign called Love Give Utah (County) on March 22nd. The cam- paign is part of a statewide initiative sponsored by the Community Foundation. The local non-profits 2013 are planning to hold a variety of activities and events that day, including a non-profit fair at the Provo Towne Centre from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. that evening. Habitat is encouraging its supporters, volunteers, and donors to go online that day, pick their favorite local charity, and donate! For details and/or to donate, visit HABITAT TO PROVIDE CRITICAL HOME REPAIR GRANTS AND LOANS Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be introducing three new Neighborhood Revitalization programs-RepairCorps, Critical Home Repair, and Brush with Kindness, this month. Through these programs, local low-income homeowners, Veterans and seniors can receive no-interest loans and grants to help them with critical home repairs, accessibility, and exterior improvements. Some geographic and other restrictions apply. For more information or to apply, contact LeAnn at (801) HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY 368-2250 or Applications are also available at the Habitat office at 340 SouthHABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY Orem Blvd., Orem. Hammer Time What’s Up • Pride in Ownership – The Jackson family was se- lected this past quarter’s Pride in Ownership award winner for beautifying and maintaining their home at 572 North 300 South in Provo. For their dedicated efforts, they received a framed certificate and a gift card to Lowe’s. Congratulations! • The Orem Habitat ReStore is full of new and used inventory! Stop by and check out all the great deals and discounts on building material, appliances, and furniture! 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem. Open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. • Habitat’s Cars for Homes can take your old car and help recycle it to generate funds to help build more homes locally in 2013. Find out how you can donate today at • Cardboard, white paper, newspaper and phone books! Recycle your paper products with Habitat for Humanity and help us provide safe and affordable housing for families in need in our community. Details and drop off locations at • Join our Cloud! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has adopted a new texting 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! You will also be able to receive relevant offers and information from approved community, partners helping the organization raise much needed funding for its local affordable housing mis- sion. We receive two cents from every text that is sent to you. • 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 questions - your zip code, your gender and the year you were born. You are now ready to keep up to date with what is happening at your local Habitat affiliate and receive relevant offers and information from approved community partners. We know your phone is sacred space. Spam is not allowed and you will not receive more than three text mes- sages daily. 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 1 mission in the community.
  2. 2. 2 • 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 mem- bers 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 spring cleaning projects? 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 library, located in- side 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, con- tact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or • Save the Date! Habitat’s Annual Fundraising Breakfast will be April 12th. Jason Wright, the author of the popular books, Christmas Jars and Wednesday Letters, will be the guest speaker. Don’t miss out on this special “Christmas in April” event! The annual Utah County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Provo Towne Centre. Details at The annual National Women Build Week will be May 4th to May 12th. Habitat will be building throughout that week with a variety of Utah County women. Join in the fun for only $20.00. For more information or to register, look online at The annual Tour de Habitat charity bike ride will be June 8th. Details and registration are avail able on the new event website at Photo Gallery SHOPPING FOR A JOB AND RESOURCES! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County worked with Utah Valley Univer- sity Turning Point and other community organizations to hold the second annual Women’s Resources and Job Expo on February 5, 2013 at the UVU Sorensen Student Center Ballroom. The Expo was developed to help local single mothers, low-income women, and others, to gain access to employer and resource information. Over 150 community women (and some men) attended this years Expo, which included over 50 employer and resource booths, work- shops taught by Wells Fargo professionals, door prizes, and refreshments. May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. –Irish blessing2
  3. 3. 3 SHOWING LOVE! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County held its seventh annual community recognition event to show gratitude to its dedicated supporters and hardworking friends on February 7, 2013. The Valentines themed event was held at the White Willow Reception Center in Provo and included delicious sweets and savories, an Italian soda bar, beautiful flowers, a fun "get to know you" game, and a great door prize. The following business partners, supporters, and community volunteers were honored for their outstanding and generous service efforts with the local Habitat affiliate over the last year and half: Inaugural Millard Fuller Award: Don McCandless Habitat Recycle Partner of the Year: Dunn Recycling Board Member of the Year: Jeanne Walker ReStore Donors of the Year: True Value Hardware and Builder of the Year: Westland Construction Value Pages Committee Member of the Year: Susan Sorenson ReStore Partner of the Year: Boydean Frazier Community Supporters of the Year: Utah Valley ReStore Volunteer of the Year: Jorge Kaufman University and Payson City Volunteer Group of the Year: Vivint Corporate Partners of the Year: McCoy’s Cabinets and Flooring and Wells Fargo Volunteers of the Year: Mikeal Curtis and Jeremy Andrus Faith Partners of the Year: Payson Utah South Stake and Alpine Stake Valentines Fun! Habitat homeowner and part- ner families celebrated Valentines Day at a party at the Provo Seventh Day Adventist Church on February 11, 2012. Parents and kids decorated heart cookies and made Valentines cards3
  4. 4. 4 4 4 March 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. Volunteers are needed especially during weekdays at the South Franklin Community Center and the Artanduaga home in Provo. Sign up online at MARCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday from 10-6 • Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. • Help with Love Give Utah (County) on March 22nd VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED TO COMMITTEES HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s Volunteers with construction experience or those wanting local committees. Monthly meetings, limited time to improve their construction skills are being sought to commitment, no experience necessary, varying participate in the affiliates Crew Leader and Site Host interests and skills. Look online at Programs. Orientations are monthly. The next orientation for will be on March 9, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Habitat office more information and meeting times. in Orem. For information, contact LeAnn at the number or email below. For more information, look online at or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or You can also sign up online at Home Maintenance Classes Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be Wednesday, March 27, 2012. 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 March clinic schedule at 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 March clinic schedule at Home Maintenance Tips ( Eight Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring Tackle these small tasks with big impact to give your house a mini face-lift • Change light bulbs • Prune and mulch • Give your exterior door some love • Freshen up your outdoor furniture • Clean and repair the walkway • Clean up the porch area • Plant foliage and shrubbery • Clear gutters Make Your House a Healthy Home & More Environ- mentally-Friendly Too! (EPA) Recycle materials such as newspapers, glass, metals, plastics, computers, and cell phones.4
  5. 5. 55 HOUSEHOLD HINT ( Stainless Steel Sinks - A great way to get your stainless steel sink to look brand new. After cleaning and drying the sink, put some lemon oil or pledge on a paper towel and coat the entire surface of the sink. It will look brand new! Of course, once it is used again, the lemon oil will vanish and your sink will look the way it did before. But it is great if you are having company, and want a shiny sink. Save Energy ( Heating • Purchase an energy-efficient furnace. Select an energy-efficient furnace model by looking for an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 90 percent or greater. • Maintain the furnace. Clean your furnace filters monthly or replace if necessary. A clean unit runs more effi- ciently. • Use natural gas for heating. Consider switching to a natural gas heating system. Natural gas is less expen- sive than other heating fuels. • Use insulation. Insulate your attic to an R-value of 38 for a gas-heated home and 50 for an electrically heated home; your walls to an R-value of 19; and your sill box (upper portion of your basement walls) to an R-value of 10. Proper insulation allows you to use less energy to keep your home warm. • Insulate around windows and doors. Weather-strip and/or caulk all areas of noticeable leaks around win- dows and doors. Removable caulking is a good option for windows that you open in summer but not in win- ter. • Change your thermostat settings. In the winter, set your thermostat at 60° F when you are sleeping or gone. Set the thermostat to 68° F when you are at home. This can save 10 percent or more on your heating bills every winter. • Turn down the thermostat when away. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, turn your thermostat down to save energy but never lower than 40° F. If you have delicate houseplants, keep the set- ting at 50° F or higher. • Let the sun in. The sun’s energy can have a noticeable effect on the temperature in your home, especially from windows facing south and west. Keep window shades and drapes open during winter months to let in the sun’s radiant heat. • Warm with a space heater. A portable space heater can heat a single room without using your furnace to heat the whole house. Using a space heater to heat all or most of your home costs more. Always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions when operating space heaters. • Use the fireplace sparingly. Many older natural fireplaces are inefficient and draw more heat out of the house than they produce. Close the flue to eliminate drafts when not in use. • Consider fireplace inserts, doors or covers. If you use your fireplace often, consider these products to help reduce the heat loss in your home when using the fireplace. You save money on your heating bills while still being able to enjoy your fireplace. • Control air flow. If you are building a home, replacing heating equipment or remodeling, talk to your heating contractor about the options available to ensure proper air flow. Controlling air flow into and out of your home ensures energy efficiency, comfort and low energy costs. • Purchase Energy Star windows. When installing new windows, select, at a minimum, double-paned (double- glazed) thermal windows. With existing single-paned windows, make sure you use storm windows during the winter months. May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. –Irish saying5
  6. 6. 6 SAVING TIP (The Simple Dollar) 14 Simple Money Rules 1. Spend Less Than You Earn. 8. Take Care of Your Things. 2. Don’t Over-Think Your Investments. 9. Do It Yourself. 3. Stop Wasting Time. 10. Plan Ahead Every Time You Spend. 4. Eliminate (and Avoid) High-Interest 11. Find and Work Toward Your True Passions. Debt. 12. Build Real Friendships and Relationships. 5. Talk About Money (And Be Honest). 13. Improve Yourself Every Chance You Get. 6. Stop Trying to Impress Other People. 14. Give Without Strings or Regrets. SAVE STRATEGIES (The Simple Dollar)) 365 Ways to Live Cheap - Have Fun! Whenever you’re trying to change something in your life, you’re going to make it very, very hard to sustain if you hate what it takes to make that change a reality. If you hate exercising and hate the thought of even trying healthier foods, it’s going to be incredibly hard to lose weight. If you hate the act of reading, it’s going to be incredibly hard to read the great books of literature. Similarly, if you hate making frugal choices, it’s going to be really hard to find ways to consistently save money. Here’s the thing: frugality, like all of these other things, is made up of easy things and hard things, but the easy things and hard things vary from person to person and from situation to situation. The things you like doing are different than that of your friends, after all. The best way to make frugality a big part of your life is to stick to the parts of it that are fun to you. Dig into cooking or into frugal travel planning or into more sensible grocery shopping. View frugality as a challenge and look for ways to improve your score (the money you’re saving). Compete with yourself, but compete against your friends, too. When you look at how much you’ve saved, feel good about that total. Know that you’ve chosen to not waste that money on silly stuff. Turn it all into cash, stroll into your bank, slap it down on the table, and say “I want my car title, please.” Frugality isn’t about suffering and doing without. It’s about feeling good and having fun because you’re succeeding in the areas of your life that you really want to succeed at while cutting back in the areas that you don’t really care about. For me, every step in that path is fun. It’s all about finding new things in life that don’t take away from the other things I value. It’s about focusing on friends and community. It’s about learning how to do new things and feeling great about the skill set that I’m building. Frugality is fun! BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Well constructed, maintained and managed affordable housing can HELP FAMILIES ADDRESS or escape housing-related health hazards (e.g. lead poisoning and asthma) that adversely impact learning. May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. –Irish blessing6
  7. 7. 7 BE CAREFUL ( Prevent Poisonings in Your Home What’s the danger? Poison centers answer more than 4 million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds. According to the American Association of Poison Centers, children younger than 6 years old account for about half of the calls placed to poison centers. What’s more, poison center data reported over 150,000 calls made to poison centers with concerns about exposure to common household pesticides. These figures show the need for everyone to lock up pesticides and household chemicals out of children’s reach – preferably in a high cabinet. EPA observes National Poison Prevention Week each year to increase awareness of the danger to children of poisonings from pesticides and household products. What chemical-containing products are in your home? Household products should be kept in a locked cabinet and out of children’s reach. Common products that could seriously harm a child if ingested include: • bath and kitchen disinfectants and sanitizers, includ- ing bleach • insect repellents • household cleaning or maintenance products, such • rat and other rodent poisons as drain cleaner, paints, or glues • weed killers • automotive products stored around the home, such • products used to kill mold or mildew as anti-freeze or windshield washer fluid • flea and tick shampoos, powders, and dips for • health or beauty care products such as medicines, pets hair and nail products • swimming pool chemicals • roach sprays and baits What can you do to prevent poisonings? Poisoning incidents can be prevented if parents and caregivers remember to lock up products that could poten- tially harm children. Yet, an EPA study found that among households with children under the age of five, nearly half stored pesticides in an unlocked cabinet, within reach of children. Poisoning incidents are preventable. Simple steps you can take to prevent poisonings from occurring in your home: • Always store pesticides and other household chemical products in a locked cabinet or garden shed away from both children and pets. • Read the product label first and follow the directions to the letter. • Use the safest possible cleaning products. Look for the Design for the Environment (DfE) label on products. • Never leave pesticides and other household chemical products unattended when you are using them. • Re-close pesticides and other household chemical products if interrupted during application (e.g., phone call, doorbell, etc.). • Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container tightly after use. • Never transfer pesticides and other household chemical products to containers that may be mistaken for food or drink. • Remove children, pets, toys, bottles and pacifiers before applying pesticides (inside or outside the home). Follow label directions to determine when children and pets can return to the area that has been treated. • To protect children and pets from exposure to mouse and rat poison, use products with a tamper-resistant bait station. • Never use illegal pesticides (e.g., Tres Pasitos, unregistered Insecticidal Chalk). These products have not been reviewed by EPA and their use may pose a danger to public health. Always look for an EPA Registra- tion ID number on the label. (Example: EPA Reg. No. 500-123456) • Get your home and child tested for lead. • Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. • Program the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, in your phone. When accidents happen with pesti-7 cides, chemicals, medicine or household products, call Poison Help and get help right away from a local poison expert.
  8. 8. 8 BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (SelectHealth Total Fitness) Kid –Friendly Tips for Hassle Free Meals Eating with kids isn’t always a picnic. It can be challenging and frustrating to get your child to eat healthy foods and behave at the table. But don’t despair. Childhood food aversions are part of the normal growing up process, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP offers the following advice for these common mealtime habits: Your child wants to watch television while eating – Turn off the TV. It’s a distraction that interferes with good eating habits. Your child eats only one food at every meal – If the food is healthy let your child eat what he or she wants. Offer additional foods at each meal. After a few days, your child will probably try new foods if they are available. Your child refuses to eat what is served – Make sure your child is hungry at mealtime and serve healthy choices each meal. Be supportive, but don’t be afraid to let your child go hungry if he or she refuses to eat what is served. Provide nutritious snacks to help round out picky eating habits. Your child refuses to try new foods – Continue to introduce new foods. Encourage your child to try small por- tions. Don’t force new foods on your child. By setting some mealtime rules and by being a good example yourself, your can help your child develop good eat- ing habits and make family dining a more pleasant experience. RESOURCES UVU Turning Point is offering a Parenting Class starting March 13th. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call (801) 863-7580 to register. Have your taxes prepared for free! VITA is United Way of Utah County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance pro- gram. 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 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. Appointments are necessary and fill up quickly, please schedule as early as possible. Now through April 15th, dial 2-1-1 to make an appointment or to find out more information about VITA. Tax preparation sites are throughout Utah County. Centro Hispano is offering a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic to help community residents with past year’s tax re- turns and problems with the IRS. Call (801) 655-0258 to make an appointment Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in March will be held March 6 and 7, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or March 23, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to The Spring Single Mothers Seminar Employer Open House and Resource Fair will be March 21st starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Intermountain Healthcare Employee Services Center at 5245 South College Drive in Murray, Utah. Come meet local and national employers, receive valuable employment tips, discover exciting new employ- ment opportunities, and learn about valuable community resources. It’s free and open to the public.8
  9. 9. 99 Alison’s Pantry Marvellous Catering Matt Chambers Anna Stone Merilee Bishop Becky Miller Mike Merz Brandon Jeppson Paul Godfrey Bruce Snow Pepsi BYU ASCE Promo Ink and Brett Carlson BYU Chapter Provo Elk’s Lodge CenturyLink Provo Seventh Day Adventist Church Coleman Gallery Response Marketing Group Emily Stone Shiree Thurston Eric Jorgensen Spanish Fork City Council st Freedom 1 Ward Stewart Gardner Gardner Foundation Tyson and Liesl Eyre Grant Sumsion Utah County Work Diversion Harmon’s Utah Valley Convention Center Heatheridge 1st Ward UVU Chapter John Perry Vineyard Garden Center Johnny McCoy Wells Fargo LeAnn Hillam Wendy’s Lincoln Hubbard and Bradley PR White Willow Reception Center THANK YOU Ancestry.com9
  10. 10. 101010 Habitat for Humanity Of Utah County Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1—Board 2 Retreat 3 4 5— 6 7—Site 8 9—Site Host/ Development Selection Crew Leader Services 10 11 12—Building 13 14—Family 15— 16 Committee Partnership Executive Committee —Concord HOA Meeting 17 18 19 20—Board 21 22—Love 23 Meeting Give Utah (County) 24 25—ReStore 26 27—Home 28 29 30 Committee Maintenance 31 Building Committee Board Retreat March 12, 2:00 p.m. Board Meeting March 1, 11:30 a.m. Central Bank March 20, 7:00 a.m. Coleman Gallery Office Family Partnership Development Services March 14, 6:30 p.m. Love Give Utah (County) March 5, Noon Office March 22 Office Concord HOA Meeting Site Selection March 14, 7:30 p.m. ReStore Committee March 7, Noon Crossley’s March 25, Noon Office Office Site Host/Crew Leader Executive Committee Home Maintenance Training March 15, 7:30 a.m. March 27, 6:30 p.m. March 9, 9:30 a.m. Office Office Office Happy St. Patrick’s Day 10 March 17