There are many ways to get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County. Here are just a few: -Volunteer at an event -Work behind the scenes on one of our committees -Donate
Mission Statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
Play Structures Are Up for Grabs in Raffle
Two play structures created by volunteer Louis Edwards will be awarded to lucky raffle ticket holders in an Oct. 1 drawing. Tickets for the structures, a fort (bottom) and play house (top) are now available for purchase. All proceeds go towards safe, decent and affordable housing for county residents. Call the Habitat office to reserve tickets at (209) 966-7444. A single ticket can be had for $5, three for $10 or seven for $20!
Paint is Donated to Affiliate
Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County has received six palettes of old True Value Hardware paint from Troy Foster of the new Foster Ace Hardware. The paint is now available, for sale at a discounted price, at the affiliate’s Warehouse Sales on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5320 Highway 49 North, in the back of the building that houses the Habitat office. Local Habitat volunteers recognize Foster’s generous support of safe, decent and affordable housing in Mariposa County.
Volunteer Board is Named
The new Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County Board of Directors has been named. The following board members and staffers posed for a photo at the group’s April 9 meeting. Standing in the front row, from left, are treasurer Jovan Trujillo, executive director Beth Tomsick, site selection chair Paula Eagle, vice president Clarence Tedrow, family selection chair Judy Gibbons and member-at-large Don Fox. In the back row, from left, are resource development chair Steve Smallcombe, member-at-large Erik Skindrud, church relations chair Sharon Amundson, secretary Jackie McCormick and president Barry Brouillette. Also on the board, but not in the photo, are assistant secretary Phyllis Becker, family support chair Bob Collins and construction chair Louis Edwards.
Bank Steps Up for Affiliate
Mariposa’s Westamerica Bank recently presented the local Habitat affiliate with a generous $500 donation. The funds were given as part of the bank’s corporate charitable giving program. The money will be put to work in the group’s A Brush With Kindness program, which completes minor repairs like exterior painting and yard cleanup for qualifying homeowners. Posing for the photo here are the bank’s Jennifer Wilson (from left) and Lori Mertens, and executive director Beth Tomsick of the local Habitat group.
Dave Lawson Completes ‘Blitz Build’
Mariposa’s Habitat affiliate sincerely thanks Dave Lawson and his crew for their “blitz build” of the group’s third partner family home.
Over five-and-a-half days, the framing, trusses, siding and roof sheeting all went up. This donation of labor by Dave Lawson means that the third Habitat house will become a home for the Ehler family before we know it.
“Bouquets to Dave, Kim, Sue, and the construction crew of Mike, Josh, Dennis, Lee, and Don,” affiliate volunteer Executive Director Beth Tomsick said. “You are Habitat heroes!”
Thanks Go Out to ‘Dining Out’ Partners
Eleven local restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds during this year’s Dining Out fundraiser on Oct. 5 through 11. Close to $2,000 has been raised as of Oct. 29, and volunteers are grateful.
The proceeds will help build the affiliate’s third partner home on Sebastopol Road.
Participating restaurants included Bett’s Gold Coin Sports Tavern, Castillo’s, Charles Street Dinner House, High Country Health Foods & Cafe, Miner’s Roadhouse 140, Pizza Factory, Savoury’s, Sierra Sunrise, Steve’s Sportsman Cafe, Sugar Pine, and Triangle Road Cafe. The affiliate is also grateful to Sylvia Gilbertson and Sarah Brewster for organizing the event, to Shayna Hoeltje who makes our beautiful posters and to the Mariposa Gazette for publishing our news.
Committee Selects Third Partner Family
The Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is pleased and excited to announce the selection of the partner family for its third house. On July 10, the Habitat Board of Directors approved the selection of Amanda Ehler, a single mother and Mariposa business owner.
The Ehler family includes two charming children, Khalil, 8, and Ella Rose, 6, and all are thrilled about their selection. Amanda is required by Habitat to take homeowner classes in finance, budgeting, and home maintenance, in addition to working on the construction of their home. The children will earn sweat equity hours as they are able from a wide variety of activities.
Amanda owns Anahata, a Free Trade store, in downtown Mariposa where she sells products from the U.S. and around the world. It is located across from the Fremont House and next to Sierra Artists at corner of Highway 140 and 6th Street.
Habitat for Humanity is planning a lasagna dinner at Mariposa Lutheran Church on September 13 to introduce the family to the community. The public is invited to attend this dinner and welcome Habitat’s third family!
A Brush With Kindness is Working
People often ask, “What is Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program?”
The program is another way that Habitat can help homeowners in the community and in the county. Low-income homeowners, especially single parents, the elderly and the disabled, may apply to the program when they are in need of minor repairs, yard cleanup and exterior painting. A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) helps homeowners stay in their homes by making homes safer and better maintained.
Some jobs that ABWK crews might do include fixing broken windows and doors, loose siding, rotting soffits and fascia, and peeling paint. Yard cleanup is also a part of ABWK, and through this program Habitat for Humanity is helping to beautify communities nationwide.
The criteria used for selecting families for these projects are
2) willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County; and
3) ability to repay a 0% loan for materials used in the project.
Families or individuals may be asked to put in “sweat equity” by helping with the project as they are able. One homeowner in Mariposa County donated fruit from her trees to a food pantry and knit blankets for the homeless as her “sweat equity” because she was unable to do the physical labor.
Due to the fact that Habitat often uses donated materials, costs for these projects are generally low. Homeowners are asked to repay the costs if they are able, so the program may serve more people. Payments are placed in a revolving fund so there is money for the next project. An affordable-loan repayment plan can be worked out, as needed.
Those interested in applying for the ABWK program may call the Habitat office at 966-7444 for more information. They will be referred to the new ABWK chairman, Bruce Pickard.
Habitat for Humanity International Mission Vision:
“A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”