Avenues for Hope 2020
In recent months, a lot has changed about how non-profit organizations operate. One thing that remains consistent is the need to raise money to fund the mission. This month Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity will participate in Avenues for Hope, a statewide, online program to raise awareness and enhance resources for those nonprofits addressing housing needs and related services in Idaho.
Avenues for Hope is an initiative of the Home Partnership Foundation, an independent, nonprofit established by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association which focuses on providing stable, safe, and affordable housing throughout the state.
We are asking for your support. For information on the Avenues for Hope campaign and what you can do to help Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity go to https://www.avenuesforhope.org/organizations/boise-valley-habitat-for-humanity. Donations will be accepted beginning on December 10th and continue through December 31st.
A Drive-thru Dedication!
Jason Welch’s Habitat home was unique even before it had the unexpected distinction of hosting our first “Drive-thru” Dedication. The Welch home also happened to be the first BVHfH house built in Kuna and it was our first Veterans Build.
So when COVID-19 prevented us from having a traditional home dedication for Jason and his two kids, we got creative. It was decided that we would practice social distancing by inviting family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, and staff to drive by the Welch home holding signs, honking horns, and shouting well-wishes as the family watched from their driveway. It was quite a sight to see!
Congratulations to Jason and to all those who worked so hard to build and dedicate this home.
Land Development Plan
Two years after I last wrote about it, affordable land for affordable housing is still tough to find. Every day we work our way through the maze of traffic cones, detours, and flaggers which seem to be a permanent part of the typical Ada County streetscape. Construction detours, and cranes on the horizon all mean that the economy is strong and business is booming. Combine a vibrant economy with one the “Best Places” to live in the United States and the result is booming land prices as well. Along with many of our affordable housing colleagues, we find it challenging to locate land and even more challenging to afford today’s asking prices.
Habitat receives no special benefits when we are in the marketplace for land and lots. We are in competition with every developer in town and pay fair market value for all of our building sites.
Over the past two years we have been able to add two development sites to our inventory that will support at total of eight new homes.
We are very pleased to announce that work has started on a development located at Gary Lane and Hill Road in Northwest Boise. A perfect setting for four simple, decent, and affordable new homes. Site preparation is in progress and home construction is scheduled to begin in June.
Land acquisitions and construction are made possible by our financial supporters and the continuing success of our ReStores. So, contribute if you can, encourage your employer to support Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, and shop at ReStore. With your help we will keep scouting the market for land and lots on which to further our mission.
Tom Lay, Executive Director
Evening in the Garden Planning - Volunteers Needed
It’s a busy time in the Habitat office as we begin planning and preparing for our annual fundraising event Evening in the Garden. Each year the June event gets a little bigger and better and 2020 promises to be no different.
Preparations include reaching out to local businesses to solicit donations for both our live and silent auctions. It is a big endeavor and we are always looking for help. If you are interested, please contact Donya at 208-331-2916 ext. 315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make our 14th year a rousing success!
Habitat Welcomes New Development Director
Donya Webb has joined Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity as Development Director. In this role Donya will be responsible for fundraising and events in support of the BVHfH Mission. Donya’s extensive non-profit experience includes 22 years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach (CA) where she held positions of Executive Director and Vice-President of Development. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach serves over 38,000 people in Long Beach and 11 partner cities. Her development work included a $13,000,000 Capital Campaign, development and implementation of the Y’s Planned Giving program, and a variety of special events. Since moving to Idaho, Donya has held development positions with The Idaho Foodbank and The Salvation Army. In addition to her in-depth experience Donya’s qualifications also include a Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit Management and a Master’s degree in Strategic Fundraising & Philanthropy.
At BVHfH, Donya will oversee all fundraising programs and the management of special events including “Evening in the Garden”. Donya has been asked to broaden BVHfH fundraising to include a comprehensive individual giving program and expansion of corporate giving.
Donya has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She and her husband, John Petti, recently moved to Meridian.
Please join us in welcoming Donya Webb to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Generosity Fills the ReStore - Giving to their Community
Mike Williams, a frequent ReStore customer, came into the Collister location recently and asked General Manager Jake Crist if Habitat would be interested in some lumber, plywood, and other building products. When Mike explained that the materials were in New Meadows, Jake asked him to send a photo or two. He needed to determine if and when we could commit the resources to retrieve this donation. When Jake received the photos his first thought was “We’re going to need a bigger truck”.
The next weekend two semi-trailers (courtesy of the Turf Company) and the BVHfH construction trailer arrived in New Meadows and were loaded with a warehouse full of lumber. 16 bunks* of plywood, 6 bunks of dimensional lumber, cases of nails, joist hangers, and miscellaneous other building hardware. According to a recent appraisal the retail value of this donation was approximately $25,000.
Since moving to Idaho Mike and Marilyn Williams have given generously to their community. They believe that their good fortune in their business and personal life should be shared and they have worked to do just that. We are very fortunate that they were aware of Habitat for Humanity and our Mission. Their generous donation will contribute to the ongoing success of the ReStore and its support for our operations.
* A “bunk” of plywood is 4’ x 4’ x 8’ and contains 40 to 80 sheets depending on thickness. A bunk of 2 x 4 is approximately 294 pieces.
Board of Trustees Adds New Members
The BVHfH Board of Trustees has a new look with the recent addition of three new members. Kimber Russell, Diana Telford, and Shirley Naccarato were introduced in September and will begin their first two-year term at the October 21st meeting. Each new member brings a wide range of business and non-profit experience to the board which now numbers eleven.
Kimber Russell is a business consultant, teacher and trainer. She currently volunteers as Vice-Chair of Serve Idaho, the Governor’s commission on service and volunteerism.
Diana Telford has an extensive background in affordable housing in Colorado Springs and Boise. Most recently she was the Director of Homeownership Programs at NeighborWorks Boise.
A familiar face at the table is Shirley Naccarato who has volunteered and worked for BVHfH for twelve years. Recently “retired”, Shirley has been an integral part of our current Homeowner Application process will continue to support our work through her board position.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for guiding the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the affiliate has adequate resources to advance its mission and vision. Members serve up to three two-year terms.
Home Dedications are what Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers, sponsors, and of course homeowners look forward to most. We can’t wait to hand over the keys to the Habitat families who have worked endlessly to achieve their dreams of homeownership. The home of Naw Kay Poe and Ya Reht located at 3415 S. Como in Meridian will be dedicated on Thursday, September 26th at 4:00pm. This home was sponsored by Thrivent Financial and many local congregations participated in its construction. Habitat home dedications are open to the public. All are welcome!