DOVER, DE – July 9, 2015: Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County received a rebate check for $20,300 from the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility for its participation in Energize Delaware’s popular Green for Green program which offers rebates for energy efficiency measures incorporated into new home construction. Habitat recently completed construction of seven new energy efficient townhomes near downtown Wilmington, DE. Another nine energy efficient townhomes are set to begin construction there later this year. “We are the beneficiary of the Green for Green program that helps us build energy efficient houses by giving us the financing necessary to offset the cost. We are very grateful to the State of Delaware, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and the Homebuilders Association of Delaware who manages the program.” - Kevin Smith, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County “We are very proud to be a partner with Habitat for Humanity and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to administer the Green for Green program in order to provide rebates to build nationally certified, green, energy efficient homes. It’s a wonderful program that helps homebuyers as well as builders and we’re excited to be a part of it.” - Howard Fortunato, Executive V.P., Homebuilders Association of Delaware "I love it! I have awesome neighbors and anything we can do to help our community, I’m all for it. The process was simple and I’m proud to be a part of the “Habitat Family.” Not to mention, my utility bills are the lowest they’ve ever been.” - Laressia Wright, Habitat Homeowner Energize Delaware’s Green for Green Program offers Delaware new home buyers rebates of $1,000 to $4,500 for homes upgraded to national standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, building materials and other conservation-oriented, energy-saving features. Homeowners can save from $21 to $47 a month on average, or up to 36 percent, on an average monthly electric bill. Developed jointly with the Home Builders Association of Delaware, the rebate is available for homes in Delaware's designated growth areas. Funded by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the rebates will fund energy upgrades for approximately 200 homes throughout the state Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) is a unique nonprofit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state. The SEU’s EnergizeDelaware programs are committed to helping Delaware residents, businesses and non-profits save energy and money by increasing the energy efficiency of their facilities.
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President's AwardBank of America and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County have a strong partnership and Habitat is honored to present them with this year’s President’s Award. This year Habitat will begin building at its Walnut Ridge site on property donated by Bank of America. The bank has also donated to the financial success of Walnut Ridge as well. Bank of America employees are frequently seen volunteering at the ReStore, as well as in and around Habitat’s build sites and warehouse. Bank of America is truly deserving of the 2015 President’s Award.
Fundraising VolunteerChip Rankin has been the driving force behind Habitat’s golf outing in partnership with IFMA for more than 16 years. To date, the event has raised more than $250,000 for Habitat and introduced the organization to new supporters through the IFMA Delaware chapter. Chip has devoted his time and resources to making sure the golf outing event is a yearly success for Habitat. In 2014, under Chip’s leadership, the event raised $20,000 for Habitat.
ReStore VolunteerRobin Martini is a regular every Saturday, our busiest day of the week at the ReStore. She is a hard worker, has a positive attitude and a pleasure to work with. Robin has become a favorite to the staff, other volunteers and most importantly our customers. She is always ready to help regardless of what needs to get done. A large factor for the success of the ReStore is due to the efforts of our volunteers and Robin’s effort and contribution are the reason why she is our ReStore volunteer of the year.
VolunteerIda Bowers has served on the Family Support for the last four years and has helped several prospective homeowners through the process. Ida is able to connect with our homeowners and provide them with an addition source of support while they are building their home. In addition to serving on the support committee Ida has also join the Alumni Support committee she encourages the families she has supported to attend the Alumni programs and offers ideals and suggestion on programs that would be helpful to homeowners.
Volunteer GroupBrown Advisory volunteers have shown exceptional commitment to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s mission as a volunteer group. They used their time volunteering on the Cooper’s Run site to actively engage with the future homeowners and Habitat staff. The volunteers from Brown Advisory also came to the Cooper’s Run dedication to show their support for the Habitat homeowners.
Homeowner VolunteerAntoinette Douglass is a single mother of 5 boys who worked two jobs while she was in the program and was able to complete her 225 hours of sweat equity prior to her house being completed. Antoinette continues to volunteer with Habitat she is a Family support committee member and is working on supporting her 2nd prospective homeowner through the process. Antoinette also serves on the Alumni support committee and she is true ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
Tom Bissot Award for ConstructionLyle Wallig is always willing to help the construction department with whatever is asked of him. This past year Lyle really took ownership of the warehouse tool room. He went over and beyond what was needed and even restored tools so that they could be used again. John Morrison Can always be counted on to do the little things that are a big help in the construction department. Acting from true humility, John takes it upon himself to make sure all the necessary things are done so that larger projects can move forward. Mercer Quinby completed 400 hours in his first year volunteering with Habitat. He often volunteers for full weeks with Habitat when he can and always comes in when extra hands are needed. He is very dedicated to Habitat’s mission and that is evident in the way he connects with the homeowners and the motivation he brings to each project.
Habitat ReStore DonorLa-Z-Boy Furniture, for the past year, has made monthly donations of furniture to the Habitat ReStore. The consistency of the donations and the high-quality of the furniture have helped to the ReStore to some of its most financially successful months. It has been very beneficial and meaningful partnership for Habitat.
Community Builder AwardBeth Miller has been writing about Delaware since 1979, including 35 years as a general assignment reporter for The News Journal. As a veteran journalist, Beth has covered everything from breaking news in the First State to the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the tiny country of Haiti in 2010. There is no question she knows a great story when she sees one, as evidenced in her front-page coverage of two Habitat events in the past year – one on the burning of a paid-off Habitat mortgage, the other on the dedication of Coopers Run. Beth’s time in newspapers ended in January, when she started exploring the world from a new angle as the science writer for the University of Delaware.
By Yasheaka OakleySunless skies couldn’t dull the excitement and anticipation created by the long-awaited Walnut Ridge Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Wednesday, March 25 event opened with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s Board President Noreen Poole welcoming a crowd of almost 100 supporters to the ceremonial start of the $1.5 million development of nine new townhomes on Wilmington’s Eastside. “This isn’t the first time that we have built homes in Wilmington’s East Side,” Poole said. “Just 10 years ago we completed the Hope Run development not far from here.” “This project and the other 224 homes we have built in the New Castle County area would not have been possible without the support of generous donors and sponsors like Bank of America, which donated this land to become the future home of nine families, ” she added, speaking from the future home site at the 1400 block of Walnut Street. In addition to the land donation, Bank of America also provided an $85,000 grant for construction. “Our comprehensive approach connects our philanthropy and the passion of our employee volunteers to support affordable housing and community revitalization,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, Bank of America. “Nothing is more foundational to a family’s financial well-being than access to affordable, stable housing and our support of Habitat for Humanity will continue to make a lasting impact for local families.” Joining Rossi at the groundbreaking were more than 25 Bank of America employee volunteers, who have committed 2,015 volunteer hours to the Walnut Ridge project. Rossi added that Bank of America’s team of employee volunteers is excited to support yet another construction project “and to fulfill these families’ dreams by providing them with a sense of community.” Pastor Jerome Lewis of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church blessed the occasion, calling the groundbreaking, “the breaking forth of a dream” as he set the stage for the diverse cross section of government, community, religious and business leaders who also spoke at the event. “DSHA is really proud to be a partner in this project,” said Anas Ben Addi, Director, of the $270,000 in funds his office committed to the development. “What we love about habitat … is they just don’t come in and implant new housing in a neighborhood without taking into consideration what’s going on around the neighborhood … they approach it as a community involvement piece.” Prospective Walnut Ridge homeowner Jennifer Kelly shared how what she called a “wink” from God paved the path to her opportunity for homeownership. “God’s wink brought me here today to share with everyone my personal meaning,” said Kelly, “Habitat means I get to start anew, fresh and from the beginning. It means that God is giving me another chance to offer complete security and stability for my three children.” To demonstrate Habitat for Humanity’s mission to put God’s love into action, CEO Kevin Smith invited leaders from of Habitat’s partner churches to donate bibles to be placed in the foundation of each new townhouse and gifted to homeowners when their homes are completed. “We approached the churches, whose foundation is Jesus Christ, to partner in this project so that the foundation of these families will rest on the Lord,” he said.
- Francine Brown
- Le'Kesha Ashe
- Sydney Alford
- Jennifer Kelly
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