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HABBITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY
PICKING YOUR PASSION!
HABITAT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
YEAR’S LOVE GIVE UTAH!
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is joining together with fifteen other Utah
County non-profit organizations to promote the second annual Love Give Utah
County on March 20, 2014. The one day giving and awareness campaign is part
of a statewide initiative called, Love Utah Give Utah, sponsored by the Community Foundation. The local charities will be focusing on a three week social media campaign starting on March 1st and will be holding a non-profit fair at the Provo Towne Centre on Saturday, March
15, 2014, from 12-4 to help promote the campaign and encourage
donations. Habitat supporters are encouraged to donate online at
www.donateutahcounty.org and click on Habitat's logo. Mountain
America Credit Union will generously match donations up to $1,000.
HABITAT TO HONOR ITS COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS & VOLUNTEERS
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding its eighth annual volunteer and community
recognition event on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Riverwoods Manor Reception Center in Provo. The annual event, sponsored by Utah Trading Company, will include
a delicious dinner and fun activities. Business partners, supporters, and community volunteers
will be honored for their outstanding service
efforts with the local Habitat affiliate over the
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be sponsoring a table at the Utah Valley Chamber’s
Pillar of the Valley event on March 28, 2014 at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The
Pillar of the Valley Award was created to honor an individual or individuals who have made
extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, educational, and cultural climate of
Utah Valley. This year’s award recipients will be Elder Dallin H. Oaks and the late Ray
Noorda. The local Habitat affiliate has been greatly blessed by the generosity of the Noorda
family and are grateful for the opportunity to help honor this great man and his family.
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County would like to congratulate our friend and honorary crew
leader, Noelle Pikus-Pace, on her Silver medal win at the Sochi Olympics. We look forward
to having her back on the local build site soon!
Go grocery shopping and help provide safe and affordable housing for families in need in our
community! Sign up for Smith’s Community Rewards Program at
www.smithscommunityrewards.com, link your account/card with Habitat for Humanity of Utah
County (#48773) and then go shopping at your local Smith’s Grocery Store. Smith’s will then
provide a financial contribution to the local Habitat affiliate.
Win Spring Cleaning Supplies! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will give free spring
cleaning supplies to the first four Hammertime readers who call the office at (801) 344-8527
and answer a newsletter trivial question. Good luck!
Utah County residents with household hazardous waste items such as old gasoline, paint,
and fluorescent light bulbs can dispose of these items safely at the annual Utah County
Household Hazardous Collection Day on April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the
Provo Towne Centre Parking Lot. Collected paint will be donated to the local Habitat ReStores for its paint recycling program. For details, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org/
De-junking your home to get ready for spring? Donate items to the Habitat ReStores in
Utah County and get a tax donation. Your junk maybe someone else’s treasure! Details and
locations at www.habitatuc.org/donate/restore
Habitat’s Cars for Homes can take your old car and help recycle it to generate funds to help
build more homes locally in 2014. Find out how you can donate today. http://www.habitatuc.org/
Go Green with Habitat for Humanity! Recycle aluminum cans and scrap metal and help the
organization provide safe and affordable housing in our community! Drop off locations listed at
Check out Habitat’s FUNSAVER Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to
get all the latest bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s FUNSAVER specials
at www.habitatucdeals.info. A portion of your “fun” purchases will help Habitat further its housing mission in the community.
Have you tested your home for radon yet? – Habitat is working with the Utah Cancer Action
Network, Utah County Health Department, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality
to encourage community members to test their homes for radon. Radon is the second leading
cause of lung cancer, causing an estimated 22,000 deaths of year in the United States. Habitat
offers test kits at the Orem ReStore or online for just $6.00! Learn more at www.habitatuc.org/
Need tools for your upcoming spring projects? Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah
County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed tools and lawn care items for free. New
tools have been added recently. The lending library, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340
South Orem Blvd., Orem, is open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. An application and proof
of residency are required. Look online at www.habitatuc.org for more information.
MARCH BUILD DAYS
Volunteers are currently being sought to help
with construction, renovation, critical home
repair, and beautification projects. Build days
are now held Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sign up online at
Work in the Orem or Spanish Fork ReStores
Monday through Saturday from 10-6
Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts.
Sit at a booth at Provo Towne Centre on Saturday, March 15th from 12-4pm during the
Love Give Utah Campaign and advocate for
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County.
Work at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Set your own shift anytime the ReStore is
open, Monday – Saturday from 10-6
Wear sturdy shoes and a light jacket
Orem or Spanish Fork locations
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON
Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s
local committees. Monthly meetings, limited time
commitment, no experience necessary, varying interests and skills. Look online at
more information and meeting times.
CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED TO
HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION
Volunteers with construction experience or those
wanting to improve their construction skills are being
sought to participate in the affiliate's Crew Leader
and Site Host Programs. Orientations are monthly.
The next orientation will be on Saturday, March 1,
2014, at the Habitat office in Orem. For information,
contact LeAnn at the number or email below.
For more information, look online at
www.habitatuc.org or contact LeAnn at
(801) 368-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also sign up online at
Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. The topics are: Basic Electrical Repairs, Changing Furnace Filter, Gutter and Downspout Care. 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 www.homedepot.com.
At LOWE'S - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140
West University Parkway in Orem. Look online for March clinic schedule at www.lowes.com.
At CENTRAL UTAH GARDENS – Registration is necessary. Look online for upcoming classes at
Spring Cleaning Tips
We all love spring for its fresh and cozy weather. The chirping of birds, flourishing of flowers, refreshing
fragrance fills our heart with peace and joy. But to enjoy that feeling, we have to spend some time on
cleanliness and hygiene, to make your house get freshen up and get a head start on the seasons of
spring and summer. Our superb and easy to use springs cleaning tip will help you make your house
keeping workload not felt at all. You will get to know how to clean anything you have at home and I
hope you will enjoy browsing our tips.
Let’s get started; Are the walls dirty? Just follow these simple:
Tips for cleaning walls: For cleaning interior walls you would need Wall cleaner, mix 1/2 c. ammonia,
1/4 c. white vinegar, and 1/4 c. baking soda to 1 gal. warm water. If you have a textured walls use nylon socks instead of a sponge or cloth to avoid leaving material chunks behind. You can tie a dust cloth
over your broom and work from the top down, to dust wall paper. If you have naughty kids, who have
filled non-washable papers with pencil marks and drawings with other non-greasy spots, use an artgum eraser t remove that. You can also remove remove greasy spots or crayon by applying a paste of
cleaning fluid and fuller’s earth and cornstarch. Let the wall dry and brush off residue. Repeat the treatment until the spot is gone.
For exterior walls Use a water hose to spray the outside of your house. This will remove siding cobwebs and dirt.
If you have textured siding, attach a car-washing brush to the hose to remove dirt.
Tips to clean windows: You can make your own spray cleaner. It’s easy. Fill a spray bottle with 3
tablespoons ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar & the remainder with water. After that Dust blinds by
wrapping a cloth around a ruler. Spray cloth with a dusting spray and run the flat end across each blind.
After that shine the windows using an old newspaper. To avoid streaks, clean windows on an average
temperature, preferably on a cloudy day. Dry windows outside in one direction then inside in the other
direction so that If you see a streak, you will know which side is the mistake. To clean window sills,
pour diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. Then dust off the sill with a clean
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Tips to clean bathroom: If the bathroom mirror is not clean, to remove the dull haze, rub alcohol on
the surface. Rubbing alcohol can remove the dull haze from mirrors. Rubbing alcohols also removes
spots from bathroom fixtures. But for having a sparkling Glass shower doors, clean it with white vinegar. If the shower is dirty then use a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking
soda added to one gallon of warm water to clean it.
Water spots on metal frames are a great pain in the bathroom. To clean those use the Lemon furniture
Rusty tile marks can be removed with kerosene. Running the shower on hot for five minutes will steam
the dirt loose. To clean Grout Wash with 2 tablespoons chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Dry thoroughly, and then apply Several coats of lemon oil. Let dry one hour between coats. Dull walls will shine
when washed with vinegar and water and polished with a dry cloth. Lighter fluid will remove most stains
from porcelain sinks and bathtubs.
How to keep your kitchen clean: Remove stubborn water spots from a stainless sink with a cloth
dampened with rubbing alcohol. These spots can be removed with vinegar. If the stainless steel is rusty
then rub stainless steel sinks with lighter fluid. For a sparkling white porcelain sink, place paper towels
across the bottom of your sink and saturate with house hold bleach. Let it rinse for 8 hour. Be careful
and do not use bleach in colored sinks.
To fight with refrigerator odor keep an open box of baking soda. It will absorb odors for a month or so.
Can also use a few drops vanilla extract on a piece of cotton placed in the refrigerator. This will eliminate odors.
Wipe refrigerator with vinegar to prevent mildew and Use your vacuum on the front of the coils and motor to remove dust and dirt from the refrigerator.
Appliances care: Yellowing of white appliances is a perennial problem. To stop that mix 1/2 cup
bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Apply with a sponge & keep for 10 minutes.
After that rinse & dry thoroughly. You can also use car wax to wax large appliances and make them
shine. You can also use it to remove small scratches as well.
Wood floors: You can make your own floor cleaner. It is very easy to make. Make a solution of 1/2
cup of white vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water. Damp mop with a mop squeezed nearly dry. It is safer
to mist the mop with the cleaner than to apply to floor. Do a section at a time and throw an old towel on
the floor and scoot back and forth with foot to dry and prevent streaks. Standing liquid from mopping,
spills, and pet accidents can damage floors.
The greatest damage done to wood floors is from grit. Mats at doors are necessary to collect grit and
it’s important to keep these clean. Frequent dust mopping in high traffic areas to collect grit is the best
prevention. This should be done based on the amount of traffic, which may require dust mopping several times a day in an active household. The brush attachment of a vacuum can be used (no beater
bars). Felt and furniture protectors should be installed on furniture. Never scoot furniture on wood. Put
a piece of waxed paper under your dust mop. Dirt will stick to the mop and the wax will shine your
Removing stains: Stains are our greatest enemies and to fight them is even easier if you are prepared.
Water Stains: Rub the spot with No. 2 steel wood and rewax. For more serious water stains, lightly
sand with fine
Sand paper, clean the spot with No. 1 or 00 steel wool and mineral spirits or floor cleaner then refinish
fourNever iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press
your luck. ~Author Unknown
Cigarette burns: If not severe, the burn can be removed by rubbing with steel wool moistened with
soap and water.
Heel and caster marks: Rub vigorously with fine steel wool and floor cleaner. Wipe dry and polish.
Ink Stains and Other Dark Spots: Use No. 2 steel wool and floor cleaner to clean the spot and surrounding area.
Thoroughly wash the affected area. If the spot remains, sand with fine sandpaper, re-wax and polish.
Stubborn stains may require that you replace the affected area.
Chewing gum and wax deposits: Ice until the deposit is brittle and crumbles off. Pour floor cleaner
around the stain so the fluid soaks under and loosens it.
Alcohol spots: Rub the spot with liquid or paste wax.
Tips to keep carpets clean: To clean dry spots, loosen soil and vacuum away prior to moistening it.
When taking out stains, always use a white cloth. If you have dropped Wax on carpet or upholstery
and want to clean it then set a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain and hold a hot iron on it. Then
remove the cloth. Coat mildly greasy stains with aerosol shaving cream, use a hair dryer to speed dry.
Then vacuum. Sprinkle a greasy stain with baking soda, cornstarch or talcum powder. Leave on at
least 8 hours, and then vacuum. The works done.
Apply these simple and effective tips and have a happy spring!!
SAVING TIP (www.bankrate.com)
Find a free checking account.
Having the wrong checking account can take hundreds of hard-earned dollars
out of your pocket every year. The average interest-bearing checking account
charges a monthly service fee of $14.64 and requires maintaining a balance of
nearly $6,000 at a near-zero rate of interest to avoid fees, according to the 2013
Bankrate Checking Account survey. Instead, look for an account that charges no
monthly service fees or per-transaction fees and doesn't require a minimum balance. Bankrate.com found that while just 38 percent of large banks and thrifts in
markets around the country offer a noninterest, free checking account, 72 percent of the nation's largest credit unions still do, according to Bankrate's 2013
Credit Union Checking Survey. Even if your bank has eliminated free checking
accounts, that doesn't mean you're stuck paying the fee.
The majority of banks and credit unions will waive the fee for customers with multiple account relationships or even something as simple as signing up for direct deposit.
HOUSEHOLD HINT (www.angelfire.com)
REMOVAL OF ADHESIVE STICKERS
For stickers on glass use vegetable oil. Soak the item in oil for a couple minutes to remove the sticker
For plastic use WD-40 and let it soak on the item for a couple minutes to remove easily.
For metal use nail polish remover on a cotton ball and let soak in for a couple minutes to remove
For wood use vegetable oil and let it soak in for thirty minutes. Scrape off sticker with a Teflon scraper.
(The Simple Dollar)
Overload a Vacation with Scheduled Activities
I’ve gone on one vacation in my life where we had pre-bought tickets for activities on most of the days.
I thought I was doing a great job in terms of bargain hunting. Oh, how wrong I was.
For one, we didn’t even end up doing some of the activities. We’d go out to eat after a long day with
two or three of the activities, be enjoying a beverage out on a patio somewhere, and just decide to skip
the evening activity so we wouldn’t have to rush our wonderful dinner.
For another, I can’t tell you the number of times we had to rush by things that looked interesting or that
we wanted to explore simply because we had to get to some specific place on time.
If your travel plans for vacation are starting to look like one of the pages in your daily planner, throw
out those travel plans. You miss out on a lot if you vacation that way – and it usually winds up being
more expensive if you use a detailed itinerary, too.
So, what should you do instead?
You should absolutely have a handful of things you’d like to do in mind when you leave. Bring
along info for those places, but don’t specifically buy tickets unless there’s a strong chance they’ll be
unavailable when you arrive.
Yes, that might mean passing up on some bargains on tickets, but I suggest keeping any discounts or
coupons that you can use at the time of admission and bringing those along with you as well.
On a given day, pick a few things that you might do that day. Don’t insist that you’re going to do all
of those things. Just choose a handful that you might do.
I suggest choosing things that are geographically linked, so that you can just go to a certain area to do
multiple things you’ve decided to consider doing that day.
After that, just explore. Let serendipity strike. If you find an interesting place to wander through, wander through there. Don’t let yourself be burdened by a tight schedule, and give yourself the freedom to
explore the new things you find.
What you’ll find is that you end up doing fewer of the planned activities, which is particularly good if
those planned activities cost money (which they often do), and you do more unplanned things like wandering through a park or visiting a public art display, which are often free.
If you end up bumping one or two of the things you’re least interested in doing from your schedule and
you do it in a relaxing way, you’ll almost always end up saving money while actually having a better
You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the
battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds leave
your home immediately and call 911.
Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed,
Don't use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning
device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door
Don't burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented.
Don't heat your house with a gas oven.
BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (www.healthyhippie.net)
Health tips to kick start spring. When I think of spring I think of nature renaissance, of a brand new
start for people, of joy for life and of happiness. Spring is the perfect season for adjusting your way of
living, for eating healthier end for spending more time outdoors.
Here are some ideas on how to take advantage at
maximum of the good things spring offers us:
1. For a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals opt for
fresh vegetables. Since during the winter a lot of
us have relied mostly on the vegetables we have
conserved in the fridge since last fall, now it is the
best moment for going to the nearest market and
buying fresh salad, spinach, dandelion greens and
2. I’m sure that winter did not quite tempt you
to go out for any activity, and now your body
is lusting for some jogging, rollerblading or
even a relaxing walk. Take advantage of the
wonderful time you find in the sunny days and go
in the park with your family or with a friend or two.
This will definitely wake you up from your winter
3. Watch out for the seasonal cold. You might
believe that winter is the best season to catch
a cold, but you are quite wrong. Especially during the spring most of the people with a weak immune system catch a cold or even flu. So the best
thing to do will be to avoid for a few more weeks
the crowded places that can expose you more intensely to viruses.
4. Even if some might be happy that spring is
finally here, not all of us can live this wonderful feeling due to spring allergies. If you
know that you are allergic to pollen it is best to
use air filters indoors during these few weeks,
buy antihistamines and special eye drops, so
that the spring does not take you by surprise
with a tiny allergy.
5. Don’t forget about sunblock lotions. As I’m
sure you will be spending more and more time
outdoors I want to remind you about using special creams that block the UVA and UVB from
affecting your skin. Protect your nose, lips and
ears as they tend to get burned a lot more easily.
6. Organize you time so that you can finish
your daily chars at work or at school and still
be able to go in the park for relaxation. Seeing how warm it can get and how lovely the
sunlight dances on our skin we might get a little
bit more dreamy and lazy and this might lead us
to neglecting out daily chars. The idea is to
make a plan of how you are going to spent your
day and stick to it. In this way you will not have
any problems with your boss and you will be
able to enjoy every moment of this spring.
Benefits of Homeownership
Homeownership Increases Wealth
Homeownership increases individual’s economic independence. A family must pay for housing regardless of type; when their resources are invested in owning a home rather than paid
into renting a living space, they are able to accrue wealth over time. Not only do the parents
benefit by accruing wealth, but their children are more likely to succeed economically.
Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes
in March will be held March 5 and 6, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and March 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org.
The deadline of March 31, 2014 to sign up for health care and avoid a tax penalty is approaching! Community Action Services and Food Bank can help consumers to sign up for Affordable Health
Care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 801-373-8200 or 801-691-5200.
Community Action Services and Food Bank will have Financial Literacy Classes on April 15th, 17th,
22nd, and 24th from 6 to 8 pm at Community Action, 815 South Freedom Blvd., Provo. Call 801-373-8200
for more information.
Have your taxes prepared for free! VITA is United Way of Utah County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Anyone in Utah, Summit or Wasatch Counties with an income of $51,000 or below may
be eligible to have their taxes prepared and filed for free by one of our trained volunteers. Local volunteers are IRS certified and look for specific tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Volunteers
help participants receive the best refund possible. United Way of Utah County’s VITA program is a part
of a coalition with other nationwide financial institutions, nonprofit and government agencies and the
“Earn It! Keep It! Save It!” program. Call 2-1-1 for an appointment.
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