September                                                                                      News     2012              ...
2 What’s Up  •   Humanity of Utah County and the Habitat ReStore will be participating in the Utah County Convention Cen- ...
The local Habitat ReStore will be receiving a enormous amount of new home improvement items and3   •          tools from t...
44   September Build Days      Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization...
5   Home Maintenance Tips (Healthy Home Tips)    When and Why to Have Your Ducts Cleaned    If the air coming out of your ...
66   Another easy way to start paying yourself first is if you receive a raise. By simply depositing your increase in pay ...
77   RESOURCES     Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in September ...
88     Ally Bank                                Oaks Hills 4th Ward     Alexis Palmer                            Orchard 7...
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  1. 1. September News 2012 LOCAL BUILDERS JOIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY IN NATIONWIDE BUILDING EFFORT Westland Construction and other local homebuilders and suppli- ers are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County to raise walls on a four bedroom home in Payson and give hope to a low-income family seeking decent and affordable housing as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2012. Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz is a partnership between Habitat Newsletter affiliates and the building community to build and renovate homes across the United States. Builders and Habitat affiliates work closely to organize all aspects of building, including securing subcontractors and suppliers, fundraising and seeking donations of materials. Builders partici- pating in the program this year will work with more than 100 Habitat affiliates.H A B B I T A H A B B I TH U M F O R T H UO FA N I T YH O FO U T A H C O U N T Y Hammer Time “We are excited to partner with builders and engage them in our work to help families in need of affordable housing,” said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO. “By shar- ing their talents and skills with us, we are able to increase our capacity to help transform commu- nities. We thank the builders for their commitment and dedication to making Home Builders Blitz 2012 a success.” Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be blitz building a home, located at 1387 South 240 C UNTY East, Payson, in less than 10 days during the second week of September as part of the national effort to build, rehabilitate or repair more than 200 Habitat homes across the United States. The local blitz home will be built with and provide safe and affordable housing for Michael and Allison Fullmer and their four young sons. A blitz kickoff party will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at the home site with a rib- bon cutting and builder appreciation event T FOR AT ANI Y M UTA planned for September 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. All interested community members are invited to attend. IT’S TIME TO PRAY! HABITAT TO HOLD ANNUAL PRAYER EVENT AS PART OF BLITZ BUILD Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding its annual International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat event outdoors on Sunday, Septem- ber 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the blitz build site at 1387 South 240 East, Payson. Various religious leaders throughout the community will be participat- ing. Well known soloist, Serena Benish, and her students will be performing. Members of the com- munity are encouraged to attend this uplifting event. The International Day of Prayer and Action is a time when the entire Habitat for Humanity community is urged to come together in prayer for those in need of shelter. Through prayer, Habitat for Human- ity continues to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people around the world. Many volun- teers are drawn to this ministry after hearing God’s call and seeking God’s guidance through prayer. Other prayers are answered when families and communities grow in the shelter of God’s grace. The hurdles of funding and building homes are overcome through the miracles of prayer. A DAY TO CARE! Community volunteers representing many local businesses and community organizations will participate in the United Ways Annual Day of Caring event on September 13, 2012. Volunteers will have breakfast at Lavell Edwards Stadium and then will help with a number of service pro- jects throughout the valley. Payson City employees will join Habitat for Humanity of Utah County help put siding on the blitz build home in Payson for the Fullmer family.
  2. 2. 2 What’s Up • Humanity of Utah County and the Habitat ReStore will be participating in the Utah County Convention Cen- ter’s inaugural Home Show from September 27th through the 29th at the new Convention Center in down- town Provo. Stop by and learn more about Habitat’s local programs and its Home Improvement Outlet ReStore. • Make the holidays special! - Attention local companies, church groups, families and individuals! Please con- sider donating $15.00 this fall toward a special holiday gift for our homeowners and new families. Your dona- tion will provide the Habitat storybook, "The Carpenters Gift" and a radon test kit for each family. Donate at • 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. We offer radon test kits at the ReStore or online for just $6.00! Learn more at • Need Tools? 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 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. • Check out Habitat’s NVP Deals Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the latest bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s specials at A portion of your “deal” purchases will help Habitat further its housing mission in the community. • Help Habitat for Humanity of Utah County celebrate its 20th Year in Utah County! Join the new 20/20 campaign and give $20.00 in 2012! Five thousand $20.00 donations will allow us to build our 50th Utah Val- ley home in the coming year. Donate online at or mail a check to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, Utah 84058 • It’s a DEAL! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is offering a new Habitat Discount Card through Deal Dragon for only $30.00. The card, worth over $30,000, includes values, discounts, and freebies on food, cloth- ing, services, and much more. Proceeds will be used for local construction efforts. Cards can be purchased online at or at the Habitat Restore. • Life Insurance Options! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has teamed with First West Benefits to provide life insurance options for Habitat homeowners and partner families. Insurance payments can be included in monthly mortgage payments. For more information, please contact Ross Landon at First West Benefits at (801) 224-9600. • Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been 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 • Buy a "House" and Celebrate World Habitat Day! - In recognition of World Habitat Day on October 1, 2012, Habitat ReStores around the country are participating in a campaign to raise awareness of the need for afford- able housing while soliciting cash donations to support Habitats mission. From September 1, 2012 through October 1, 2012, the Habitat ReStore in Orem (340 S. Orem Blvd.) will be asking customers to help by pur- chasing a paper house. We will display these paper houses with the donors name at the ReStore. A donation for each paper house will be greatly appreciated. All proceeds will stay at our local affiliate to build more homes in our community. We look forward to your participation! • Join City Deals today, receive 100 great local deals daily, and help provide a "hand up to a better life" for families in need in our community! Register at and enter the referral code of UCHABITAT! You will receive a $10.00, credit and 10 percent of the profit on your City Deal purchases will benefit Habitats local affordable housing mission. Already a member? You can go to your profile and sign up to support Habitat by using our referral code. You will not receive the $10.00, credit but a percent of the profit on your purchases will help benefit area families in need. • Ally Bank recently donated generous funding to the local Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. Funding will be used to purchase a much needed box truck for ReStore donation pickups. This is the fourth truck purchase the bank has made possible for the local Habitat affiliate. We appreciate
  3. 3. The local Habitat ReStore will be receiving a enormous amount of new home improvement items and3 • tools from the True Value Hardware Trade Show at the Salt Palace at the end of September. Check out all the new items for sale at great prices. Volunteers are also needed to help with donation pick up from Septem- ber 23rd through the 26th. Contact LeAnn for more details at (801) 368-2250 or • Thinking of trading up for a new car? Why not donate your old vehicle, get a tax-deduction, and help fund a home in partnership with families in need of affordable housing in our community? Learn more about Cars for Homes at Photo Gallery Coin Company Donates To Blitz Home- American Gold Silver and Coin presented check to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County partner family, Mike and Allison Fullmer and their four sons, recently at the Holiday Inn Express in Orem. The generous dona- tion will be used to pay for building material for the Fullmer home that will be blitz built in Payson in mid- September. Sliding and Splashin! -Over 100 people attended the affiliates annual swim party on August 13th at Seven Peaks. Habitat partner families and staff members had a splashing good time in the lazy river, going down the slides, and hanging out under the cabanas.
  4. 4. 44 September Build Days Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping pro- jects. Build days are generally held Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed espe- cially during weekdays at the South Franklin Community Center and the Renovation Home in Orem. Sign up online at SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday Man Booths – from 10-6 • Provo’s Farmer’s Market –Saturday’s until Octo- • Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. Drivers ber needed during the week and on Saturdays. • UVU Service Fair – September 11th and 12th • Walk in Payson Parade on September 3, 2012 • Utah County Convention Center Home Show – September 27th-29th • Help with True Value Trade Show Donation – September 23rd – 26th VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED COMMITTEES TO HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s local Volunteers with construction experience or those committees. Monthly meetings, limited time commit- wanting to improve their construction skills are being ment, no experience necessary, varying interests and sought to participate in the affiliates Crew Leader and skills. Look online at Site Host Programs. Orientations are monthly. The for more next orientation will be September 22, 2012. For infor- information and meeting times. mation, 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 September 25, 2012. The topics will be 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 September 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 September clinic schedule at Free Gardening Classes at Central Utah Gardens! JUST FOR KIDS! October 27, 2012 Noon Pumpkin Walk To see full schedule and to register for classes, look online at The Vineyard Garden Center in Orem is now offering free classes, gardening tips, and great discounts. Check out their Facebook page for more information at Center/279164291213. HOUSEHOLD HINT (" Markings on Food Bags: For markings on foodstuff and on freezer bags you could use an old lipstick to write the name of the foodstuff in the box or plastic bag. Lipstick is edible and safe.
  5. 5. 5 Home Maintenance Tips (Healthy Home Tips) When and Why to Have Your Ducts Cleaned If the air coming out of your ducts smells musty, or if you cough or your eyes itch when the heat or air condition- ing turns on, it’s time to have your ducts cleaned. Hire a qualified professional – one who belongs to the National Air Ducts Cleaners Association – to do the work. Be sure this person inspects the blower cabinet and coils in the air handler, and cleans these as needed. Use a pleated media filter – one with a MERV rating of at least an 8 – in the system. If the filter is only one inch thick, change it at least twice a year. Be sure the filter is the right size and that the access is airtight. Put coarse filtering materials on the returns to help keep the system clean. If an air conveyance system is clean and has adequate filtration, the ducts need only be cleaned every five to ten years. Make Your House a Healthy Home! (EPA) Is Indoor Air Pollution a Concern in Your Home? Ventilate areas that have strong vapors or odors, and choose products with low vapors. SAVE ENERGY ( Humidifiers and dehumidifiers • Use a humidifier. Humidity makes you feel warmer in colder months. With the proper humidity level, you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down to a lower temperature, save energy and still feel comfortable. About 20 per- cent to 40 percent relative humidity is recommended. • Remove moisture with a dehumidifier. Use a dehumidifier in warm, humid months. Less humidity helps you feel cooler, allowing you to use a higher air conditioner setting to save energy. A dehumidifier works best when air can circulate freely through it. Place it away from walls and bulky furniture. • Check for frost build-up on dehumidifiers. If your unit is running in temperatures less than 70° F, check it occa- sionally to see if frost is building up on the coils. If so, turn the unit off until the frost melts and the room is warmer. • Clean the unit. Dust or vacuum the dehumidifier at least once a year before you plug it in. A clean unit runs more efficiently. • Purchase an Energy Star dehumidifier. Energy Star dehumidifiers use 10 percent to 20 percent less energy than conventional models but still offer the same features – effective moisture removal, quiet operation and du- rability. SAVE STRATEGIES (American Saves) Pay Yourself First – The Smart Way to Save If you’re like most people, when you get your pay check you make a habit of paying your bills. But financially savvy consumers have learned that the first bill that they should pay is to themselves. By “paying yourself first” you set aside money from your pay check into a savings account before you begin paying monthly living expenses and making discretionary purchases. Why Should I Pay Myself First? Financial advisors agree that saving should be a part of every budget; unfortunately many of us aren’t prepared for financial emergencies or long-term goals such as retirement. When you get into the habit of paying yourself first, you are putting your future financial security at the top of your priority list, and are less likely to spend your hard- earned money on items that are less important. Paying yourself first can be a very effective way of ensuring that you continue to make your budgeted contributions regularly. How to Save Develop a budget that includes a savings plan, along with all your other monthly expenses. Record all sources of income as well as all of your bills and expenses to determine how much you can put aside each month. Look closely at your spending habits and determine where you can cut back to save more. Elimi- nate a monthly bill if you can, and deposit the money that you would have spent on that bill into your sav- ings account. Transfer money automatically from your pay check into a savings or investment account. With less money available in your checking account, youll be more mindful of what you are spending. Try to gradually in- crease your automatic savings rate over time.
  6. 6. 66 Another easy way to start paying yourself first is if you receive a raise. By simply depositing your increase in pay into a savings account each month, you can save money while not feeling the pinch. And be sure to take full ad- vantage if your employer offers a matching contribution to your 401(k) account. Where to Keep Your Savings There are many options available for you to consider when looking for a safe place to store and grow your sav- ings, so talk to a trusted financial advisor to weigh your options. A high interest savings account at a bank may allow you to set up automatic transfers into the account, either directly from your pay check or from your regular bank account. Treat these transfers like you’d treat any other financial obligation. This should be your first and most important bill every month SAVING TIP (The Simple Dollar) Make a quadruple batch of a casserole. Casseroles are nice, easy dishes to pre- pare, but on busy nights, it’s often still easier to just order some take-out or eat out or just plop a prepackaged meal in the oven. Instead, the next time you make a casse- role, make four batches of it and put the other three in the freezer. Then, the next time you need a quick meal for the family, grab one of those batches and just heat it up – easy as can be. Even better, doing this allows you to buy the ingredients in bulk, making each casserole cheaper than it would be ordinarily – and far, far cheaper than eating out or trying a prepackaged meal. BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (SelectHealth Total BE CAREFUL! (Costco Consumer Connection) Fitness) How to protect yourself from phone bill scams Take Care of Your Ticker – One Day at a Time In an age where cell phones, emails and social media are The heart is complex, but keeping it healthy doesn’t becoming the primary method of communication, consum- have to be. Experts say making even one simple ers may overlook their services of their home or business change each day can help keep your heart ticking land-line phone. Scammers are banking on the possibility over time. Where should you start? Try focusing that you will not check your phone bill. Follow these tips on small, everyday choices that can help you im- and be wise when your phone bill comes at the end of the prove your diet, pump up your exercise routine, month. manage your weight, or relieve. Still at a loss for ideas? Follow this daily plan for a heart-healthy • Charges for many types of services can appear on week. your phone bill. Make sure to inspect your phone bill carefully each month. Monday – Make it meatless! • Read the fine print on contest entry forms, product Tuesday – Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages. coupons and other promotional material that may in- Wednesday – Take a ten-minute walk. volve an agreement to accept service. Thursday – Make the switch from whole milk to • Don’t return calls you do not recognize. low-fat – or even nonfat. • Beware of imposters who pose as a representative Friday – Try something fishy. from your phone company. They will try to trick you by asking for your satisfaction with a service. A “yes” Saturday – Relax! answer to a question can be tape-recorded and used Sunday – Draw up next week’s plan. Visit the as proof you are agreeing to another service. American Heart Association’s website,, for inspiration. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Habitat is seeking part-time construction laborer - Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is currently looking for a temporary construction laborer, 24 hours per week, $12.00 per hour. Must have experience and be able to read house plans. For more information, please contact John Roberts at (801) 404-0232. • Habitat Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Member - Make a difference in your community! Habitat for Hu- manity of Utah County is currently seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to help strengthen the local affiliate’s construction and neighborhood revitalization programs. This is a one year national service posi- tion. VISTAs receive a modest living allowance and an educational award upon successful completion. For more information, look online at or contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 ext. 103.
  7. 7. 77 RESOURCES Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in September will be held September 5th and 6th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To regis- ter, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to The Annual “Composing Your Life” Women’s Health Conference will be Saturday, September 8th. Details and registration at The Utah State University Extension Office and Community Action Services and Food Bank are offering a Financial Literacy Class. The class is comprised of four sessions and held on September 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm @ Community Action Services and Food Bank, 815 South Freedom Blvd., Provo. For registration, please call 877-787-0727 or online at . Do you struggle to make ends meet? Are you concerned about your financial future? Women, You Can Learn to Earn More! People Helping People’s Utah County Employment Program can help you reach your full po- tential at work and in life and best of all . . . it’s Free! Call 1-855-303-5300 toll free for more information. Vantage Point is a multi-service facility that provides FREE care to ungovernable, runaway and homeless teens and their families. Call (801) 373-2215 or look online at for more details. The Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Center, located at 475 West 940 North, Provo, provides basic medical care and x-rays on a sliding scale fee. For more information, look online at or call (801) 357-7930. The Payson Family Health Center provides ongoing primary care for low-income, uninsured, and insured resi- dents in Utah County. Services include basic medical, obstetrics/gynecology, pregnancy & deliveries, immuniza- tions and well baby checks, vision and hearing screenings, physical exams and diagnostic lab testing, therapy and counseling, dental exams, and mental health services. Fees are on sliding scale based on income and family size. For more information, look online at or call (801) 465-1890. BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Long-Term Homeownership Fosters Civic Engagement. Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. ~Dana Stewart Scott
  8. 8. 88 Ally Bank Oaks Hills 4th Ward Alexis Palmer Orchard 7th Ward Am Bank Orem Owlz American Gold Silver and Coin Seven Peaks Century Link Sue Brandon and son, Justin City Deals Steve Densley David Harlow Summit Ward DeAnn Huish The Boulders’ Management Deputy McFarland and Work Diversion Timpanogas High School Habitat for Humanity International Timpview 2nd Ward Liesl Eyre Utah Valley Consortium of Cities and County Linda Walton Val Pak Matt Chambers & UVU Student Leaders Vivint THANK YOU Ally Bank All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb
  9. 9. 99 Habitat for Humanity Of Utah County Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1-World Habitat Day Contest 2 3-Labor Day 4-Development 5 6-Site 7 8 Services Selection -Payson Onion Committee Committee Days Parade 9 10-Home 11 12 13 14 15 Builders Blitz 2012 -Blitz Kickoff Home Builders Blitz 2012 16 -Annual 17 18 19 -Blitz 20 -Finance 21 -Executive 22 Day of Prayer Ribbon Cutting Committee Committee Celebration Home Builders Blitz 2012 23 24 -Office and 25 -Home 26 -Board 27-Utah 28 29 ReStore Close Maintenance Meeting County Class Convention True Value Trade Show Volunteer Days Utah County Convention Home Show 30 World Habitat Day Contest Site Selection Committee Blitz Ribbon Cutting Celebration Office and ReStore Close September 1st – September 6th September 19th at 5:00 p.m. at September 24th October 1st, 2012 noon at Habitat office 1387 S. 240 E., Payson Home Maintenance Class Labor Day Home Builders Blitz 2012 Finance Committee September 25th at 6:30 p.m. September 3rd Office and September 10th – 19th September 20th at 8:00 a.m. at Habitat office ReStore Closed 1387 S. 240 E., Payson at Habitat office Board Meeting September 26th at 7:00 a.m. Payson Onion Days Blitz Kickoff Executive Committee at Habitat office Parade September 10th at 8:00 a.m. September 21st at 7:30 a.m. September 3rd 1387 S. 240 E., Payson at Habitat office Utah County Convention Center Home Show Development Services Annual Day of Prayer True Value Trade Show September 27th – 29th at Committee September 16th at 5:00 p.m. Volunteer Days Convention Center September 4th 1387 S. 240 E., Payson September 23rd through noon at Habitat office September 26th