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  • We Need You!!

    Volunteers Needed to Help With Landscaping

    and Help Complete Homes on Time

    Do you have a green thumb? Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Do you like to volunteer? Are you a seasoned HFHSA volunteer or are you looking to become one?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, WE NEED YOU this Saturday, June 5.

    Saturday is landscape day for 12 of the homes that are currently under construction in our Palo Alto Community and we don’t have enough volunteers scheduled to get the job done.

    This is where you come in: sign up to volunteer and come out to help us lay sod and plant greenery in the flower beds of these 12 homes. You will be filling a great need by helping us put the finishing touches on these homes and complete them on schedule for the 12 hardworking families who are waiting ...

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  • The Many Faces of Habitat

    Throughout my employment with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio I have watched as a neighborhood in our Palo Alto community has taken shape and as lives have been changed by something I’m sure many of us have taken for granted -- owning a home.

    As I’ve watched, I’ve realized I’m seeing more than people purchasing and moving into a home. I’m seeing more than construction crews laying foundations, raising walls and putting a roof over what will some day be the home of a well-deserving family. I’m watching more than houses pop up and line the streets of a new neighborhood.

    What I’ve been watching are the many faces of Habitat that ultimately come together to make our mission of eliminating substandard housing in San Antonio possible. These are people from all walks of life and from varied backgrounds coming together for one common goal – making sure as ...

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  • Come Tour With Us!

    We are always busy at Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. In fact, in just three short weeks we will dedicate 10 more houses. How exciting is that? In just the first four months of 2010, we’ve already built 20 homes with very deserving and hardworking families in need.

    While we’d love to see you at our next house dedication, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, you don’t have to wait until then to come out and see what we’ve been up to.

    Take advantage of the beautiful weather we’we been having and join us on our next Hab-i-tour on Friday, April 16.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight into the organization, its building program and the families served by that program – and hear it all straight from those involved: the staff, the volunteers and homeowners.

    While on the tour, you can not only ...

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  • Share Your Memories With Us, Win a T-Shirt and Hat

    We love to hear stories and see photos about Habitat experiences from our volunteers and our homeowners – what a great way to share what Habitat is all about!

    We want to invite all of our volunteers – and homeowners too – to share photos of their memories on the Habitat build site. We also want to make it fun!! Whoever submits the “best” photo with the most “likes” and “comments” on our Facebook fan page will win a Habitat t-shirt and ball cap.

    It’s very simple! Here’s how it will work:

    • First, if you already are a Facebook member, you must log in to your account and go to our page. If you are not a Facebook member, you will need to create a free account. Once on our page click on the “become a fan” button at the top of the page.

    Become A Fan

    • Now the fun begins! Post ...

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  • Program Ends, But Need for Volunteers Continues

    Well, it’s official. We are sad to say that the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day  program has ended!

    But what hasn’t ended is our need for volunteers. Volunteers are the absolute HEART of our organization and we could not do it without you. If you have not volunteered with us before, please check out our volunteer opportunities and give us a call. You won’t get a day at a Disney resort from us, but you will get the rewarding satisfaction that comes from volunteering, and the pride in knowing that you have helped a hardworking family in need achieve ownership of a simple, decent and affordable home.

    For those who have already signed up for a day of service through the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program website, your day of service will be honored with a free ticket once your participation is verified with ...

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  • Disney Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program winding down

    WOW!!

    The volunteer support of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio never ceases to amaze me. The same goes for volunteers of many other organizations all over the country.

    It was just a few short weeks ago that we registered to participate in the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program. Walt Disney World Resorts had made the generous commitment to give each volunteer of participating organizations one-day’s admission to a Disney park in return for one day of volunteer service.

    In just the short period we’ve been registered with Disney as a participating organization, we’ve had dozens come out and volunteer with us as part of that program. This came at a great time for us as we are in dire need of Friday volunteers and for volunteers to provide lunches on our construction site.

    I have been truly in awe of the response. It was also great ...

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  • Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

    Some of my fondest memories are of going to Disney World with my family a couple of years ago.

    I don’t know who was the most excited, me or my children. As I walked down Main Street toward Cinderella’s Castle with my children on each side of me, I remember thinking “It is truly a magical place.”

    No less happy are many memories I have of volunteering for various organizations over the years. Well before my employment with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, I have served as a Habitat volunteer in other cities. I remember what it felt like to work alongside the families we were helping. It was rewarding and I’m sure thousands of volunteers right here in San Antonio could easily say the same thing.

    Now, thanks to the HandsOn Network and Disney Parks, you can combine those two feelings – the “magic” of Disney and the ...

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  • We Are Making It Easier For You!

    Over the last few months, we’ve told you about a plethora of changes – both past and present – to our website. We have planned all these as a more interesting, more user friendly and more interesting way to keep you abreast of what is going on at Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.

    The most obvious change has been the new look of our website. We’ve added a blog and an online calendar, among other things, and we’ve ventured out into the online world of social networking.

    Most recently, we are now offering RSS feeds for our blogs and news section.

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio has a lot of news we don’t want you to miss out on! Now, all of this information can be streamlined directly to you. Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio offers RSS feeds for all of its blogs and updated news content. ...

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  • Wrecking Crew Launched

    I never thought I would say being a “home wrecker” is something to be proud of. But now, thanks to a new program of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, I think it can be.

    HFHSA has recently launched the “Wrecking Crew,” a free deconstruction or tear out service for local remodeling projects. HFHSA's Wrecking Crew salvages usable building materials and the donated materials are sold in the Home Centers.

    It’s a win for everyone involved. You save money by not paying someone to take those usable materials out, you score a “green” point by not sending more to the landfill and we, in turn, have goods we can sell in our Habitat Home Centers.

    And even better, future Habitat homeowner score big: proceeds from our three Home Centers fund all HFHSA general and administrative costs. That way, we are able to put 100% of every donated dollar to our ...

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  • 12,000 Volunteers = Hungry Mouths!

    Have you ever thought about the magnitude of coordinating 12,000 volunteers each year or that hosting all these volunteers means a lot of hungry mouths to feed?

    We do, each and every day. Habitat is very fortunate that we have the volunteer support that we do – they are the heart of our organization. It takes a lot of effort to schedule volunteers throughout the construction site, often making sure we have enough for as many as 15-20 houses at a time. We not only have to schedule, but we have to also make sure the needs of these volunteers are met while they are on the construction site and we have to coordinate with our construction department to make sure all construction needs are met.

    Just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this task, we currently have 15 houses in various stages of construction. On any ...

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