Learn more about Women BuildWhat are all the ways to get involved with the Women Build program?
- Help build or renovate houses at a Women Build event.
- Help with training, travel or office support.
- Help us prepare for an upcoming Women Build event.
- Organize your own Women Build project!
- Contact us so we can help you with training, organizational and promotional materials.
CHRISTIANA - Some 200 friends and supporters of Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County came out on April 17 to pay tribute to the honorees of The 2014 Annual President’s Awards Dinner at White Clay Creek Country Club.
The ceremony, which was preceded by a VIP cocktail gathering and dinner, served to present eight awards to individuals and groups who demonstrated their support for Habitat NCC in extraordinary ways.
As part of the program, partner family members and Habitat staffers paired up to make the presentations as they respectively shared how the organization has impacted their lives and the successes the organization continues to see.
The crowd was particularly moved by prospective homeowner Tyrah Lusby. Lusby gave an emotional testimony about how Habitat NCC is giving her a sense of pride in the neighborhood gave her the opportunity to create roots in the same neighborhood in which she grew up as she presenter.
The award recipients were equally inspiring.
After the awards portion of the program, incoming board president, Noreen Poole, recognized transitioning board members, and introduced new board members.
It was a beautiful event where volunteers, donors, staff, and homeowners sat side-by-side and celebrated the past year’s accomplishments, and those who were instrumental in furthering Habitat’s mission.
Annual Dinner Award WinnersJim Phillips has been volunteering with the ReStore for a few years and will always take on any task we need to get done. He works in our receiving area, helps customers with their purchases and also prices our donations. Jim is also our go-to guy when we need equipment built and most recently designed and constructed a number of carts we use to move our doors and windows. The carts Jim has built have allowed us to move our merchandise safely and effectively. Jim is a great guy, easy to work with and has become a valuable part of the ReStore family. The Buccini/Pollin Group has made one of the largest donations the ReStore has ever received. And as a result of the large amount of quality furniture we received from them, traffic to our store has increased as well as revenue. When people hear we’re putting more Buccini/Pollin furniture on our showroom floor, a proverbial stampede ensues and the furniture never stays there long. The items Buccini/Pollin donated have resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in sales to the ReStore to date and that number continues to grow. Items donated by The Buccini/Pollin Group are now in demand by our customers and we continue to be grateful that the donations that began in the summer of 2013 continue to come in. Phil Weir, a retired auto-mechanic business owner and U.S. Veteran, started volunteering at Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County construction sites in Feb. of 2013. Phil jumped right in, always ready to work and willing to help with any type of project. Phil also showed his dedication to Habitat by volunteering more than once a week, attending Habitat events, plowing the streets around the Habitat office and construction sites after snow storms and promoting Habitat’s work around the community. We can count on Phil - a great contributor to Habitat on many fronts - and we are honored to have him as one of our regular volunteers. DuPont has a long history of outreach and active participation in improving our community and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County is grateful to be a beneficiary of their generosity. Over the course of 2013, dozens of DuPont employees dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to the construction of our Habitat homes in our Mill Stone III neighborhood as well as working in our warehouse. Prolific and experienced, DuPont volunteers come to Habitat sites with their own safety protocol. And as part of that protocol, they incorporated Habitat’s safety guidelines and are proactive in following and even enforcing them. DuPont volunteers continue to elevate their reputation as talented, quick learners who always work hard to get things done – not to mention they are loads of fun to be around. For more than 200 years, DuPont’s community outreach programs have contributed to the social progress, economic success and environmental well-being of neighbors all over the world and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle county is honored to be in that number. Ruth and Roger Pernick have played a key role in staging our open houses in one of our Habitat homes, which Habitat hosts to allow the public see what the interior looks like. While the furniture arranged in the home is selected from our ReStore, Ruth and Roger also contacted people they knew and asked for donations of curtains, bedding and other finishing touches that make the house look lived-in and cozy. In addition to their help with the open houses the couple approached Habitat with another idea to promote the Restore: Designing stage sets for the DuPont Theater’s Smart Talk Series. Ruth and Roger’s idea was to bring in Restore furniture to decorate the stage. When it’s mentioned to the audience that the set was made up for ReStore merchandise, the news is met with collective “oooohs” and “ahhhhs.” Tosh Spencer is a Habitat homeowner living in our Mill Stone I development. As a prospective homeowner, Tosh exhibited diligence and completed her requirements ahead of schedule. After settling on and receiving the keys to her home, Tosh referred a coworker to the program. After her colleague Artise Harrigan was accepted into the program, Tosh volunteered to be her support partner and has been a wonderful resource along her path to homeownership. For example, Artise would sometimes need a ride to meetings and events and Tosh would offer to help. Artise completed the program and on March 28, 2014 settled on and moved into her home in the Millstone development and is now Tosh’s neighbor. Annabelle C. Kressman was chosen to be the very first recipient of this award to recognize all of the hard work she has put into Habitat’s development and fundraising efforts. As a Board Member and member of the Development Committee, Annabelle has been instrumental in introducing a new constituency of major gift donors to Habitat. She is a visionary. She is a leader. She is a connector. She convened a meeting of community leaders this past fall, and as a result, more than 100 pieces of original artwork were donated to Habitat. Out of that meeting, The Habitat for Humanity Art Auction was born and ever since Annabelle has been working non-stop on Habitat’s behalf to help grow its donor base and create awareness of the wonderful work it does. President’s Award - Elisa and Dick Poole This year Habitat had the honor of receiving a donation of more than 100 pieces of original artwork from Elisa and Dick Poole. Through The Habitat for Humanity Art Auction the Pooles’ donation generated $66,000 in funds that will be used to build more homes for low-income families in New Castle County. Dick and Elisa Poole have been collecting art from around the world for the better part of 50 years. Many of the pieces in their celebrated collection are devoted to Delaware art and has garnered the couple much respect from the local and international art community. It is with great pride and gratitude that Habitat presents the Pooles with the very first President’s Award.