Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lend a hand, volunteer Habitat for Humanity!

Who volunteers?

All sorts of people, groups, and organizations lend their free labor and resources to help on a multitude of charitable projects in their area. Some do it just to fill their desire to be helpful, others wish to align their groups and corporations with positive community service initiatives and be supporting factors in these projects

Why do we help?

Some people just like getting their hands dirty and truly enjoy helping on projects for those who are in dire need of help. Whether it be feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, tending to the sick, or housing the homeless; volunteering in a necessary component of the building and shaping of a truly communal society.

What does it mean to be a volunteer?

Many volunteers just want to help and are willing to get in on interesting projects, but the only thing stopping them is their availability. Persons who volunteer their time all agree that finding time to volunteer is the most strenuous part of the whole process. With more and more opportunities such as these the community gets more chances at working together and meeting one another; hopefully building strong bonds of friendship and community service. 

Volunteering is a modern day trend that will never go out of style; despite one’s various reasons for lending a helping hand everyone can agree that volunteering is respectable and a truly awarding activity.

Where to start?
Oneida County Habitat for Humanity is constantly in need of more volunteers and persons that understand the importance of valuable projects such as these. Anyone who is interested in partaking in one of the many volunteer opportunities within this organization, can find a registration form under the"Get Involved" section of Oneida County Habitat for Humanity’s website or should contact Allison Kollar:, for more details.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Panera Bread, providing great food and helping change lives.

Do more than fill your belly with your next meal!

Help Habitat for Humanity help those in need by simply dining at your local Panera Bread!

Oneida County Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Night
On November 17th, between the hours of 4P.M. & 8P.M.  
Bring the flyer to Panera Bread®, on 4821 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, NY 13413.

Panera Bread® and Oneida County Habitat for Humanity have partnered together to build more sustainable housing for Oneida County. The only time you can get a delicious, hand--crafted Panera Bread® dish and help a great cause all at the same time.

The Panera Bread® legacy began in 1981 as Au Bon Pain Co., along the east coast of the United States and internationally throughout the 1980s and 1990s and became the dominant operator within the bakery-cafe category. Through a comprehensive re-staging of Saint Louis Bread Co, during 1993 and 1997, ultimately the concept's name was changed to Panera Bread. As of September 29, 2015, there are 1,946 bakery-cafes in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and in Ontario Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.® and Paradise Bakery & CafĂ©® names, delivering fresh, authentic artisan bread served in a warm environment by engaging associates.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Habitat for Heroes

Author: Wayne Edwards, Utica College '15

What Is Veterans Day?
Founded in 1930, on November 11th a temporary treaty was issued which halted all hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany. The treaty went into effect and was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” This year, let's celebrate the true purpose of the holiday and acknowledge the men and women who have served in our armed forces, such as the members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Coast Guard.

Treat your Special friend to Something Special
Do you have a friend who is a veteran? Are you a veteran? Are you or that individual a disabled hero or a veteran who is financially disadvantaged? Oneida County Habitat for Humanity provides homeownership opportunities as well as home repair projects for veterans. Habitat for Heroes builds specifically designed homes based on the needs of the veterans, while still using the original affordable Habitat housing model.

Help out and lend a hand with Oneida County Habitat for Humanity!
Oneida County Habitat for Humanity provides no interest-- no profit handicap accessible homes for their veterans. Using Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program, they are able to rally the necessary volunteers and resources to help veterans repair or modify their existing homes. So this Veterans Day either, refer a veteran to the program or make a notable donation to help continue the efforts of Oneida County Habitat for Humanity and their Habitat for Heroes program.

Do you Qualify:

  • The property must be your primary residence and owned by you
  • You must be current with mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance
  • You must have veteran status or honorable discharge
  • You must demonstrate a need for home repairs or to remain self-sufficient in your environment
  • You must be below 60% of the area median income for Oneida County
  • You must be willing to partner with Oneida County Habitat as well as provide sweat equity hours

2014 Income Limits for 60% of HUD Area Median Income ($59,500) of Oneida County

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