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A Brush With Kindness

A Brush with Kindness

Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church
with
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

July 10 – 14, 2021

If you are elderly, disabled, and/or low-income and live in Bernards Township, Bernardsville or
Bridgewater, you may be eligible for a program that provides help with outdoor home maintenance or repair projects for a small donation of $20.

Our volunteer work teams are made up of teenagers and adult leaders. After a small donation, the labor and materials we provide are free to qualifying households. If we receive more applications than our number of volunteer teams can support, priority will be given to elderly or disabled residents who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to have their projects completed. Priority be given to projects that improve home safety.

Residents must be at home while our work crews are present. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is insured.

Typical projects include:

  • Window washing
  • Yard clean-up
  • Gardening/Trimming/Weeding
  •  Weatherization/Caulking
  •  Small, light cleaning and repair projects
  • Replacing outdoor lightbulbs
  • Porch/Deck repair (minor)
  • Step repair/Handrail installation
  • Small exterior painting jobs
  • Small walkway repairs

***Larger outdoor projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We are not able to offer help with the following project types:

  • Any work requiring permits
  • Roofing or chimney sweeping
  • Large concrete jobs
  • Plumbing or electrical work
  • Power washing
  • Jobs that are not safe for our volunteers

How to Apply

To be considered for this program, please download and complete the confidential application form below and mail it (or email it to info@rvhabitat.org) by April 30, 2021 to:

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 6275
 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Attn: A Brush with Kindness

Please return your application as soon as possible. You will be contacted regarding the status of your application.
For planning, budgeting, and volunteer purposes we will not accept late applications.


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Stay Safe Stay Fit

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Stay Safe, Stay Fit

Join us virtually during this unprecedented time for a weekend of staying active while staying safe. Show your support for Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity by donating, participating, and bringing awareness to our mission of building affordable housing for families in your local community. Prizes will be awarded to participants with the most “likes” on social media for their effort and their ability to get moving while making a difference!

Habitat Youth

Habitat Youth is a dedicated team of nearly 300 students from seven Habitat service groups representing local high schools in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. They have created a virtual community fitness event – Stay Safe, Stay Fit.

About Stay Safe, Stay Fit

The purpose of this event is to help individuals and families stay physically fit, build virtual camaraderie and use their time to support the RV Habitat mission of providing affordable home ownership opportunities to build strength, stability and self-reliance for area families. Your participation will build hope and transform lives in our local community!

We invite you to be a part of STAY SAFE, STAY FIT. Together, we can get moving and help make a difference for families in our local community.

How does it work?

STAY SAFE, STAY FIT is a virtual event of movement-based activity that you choose.

Walk-Run-Pedal-Dance-Row-Yoga, however YOU like to get moving, do it!

Pledge $1, $5, $10 or $15 to help Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Registrants can make an even greater impact by asking friends and family to sponsor their participation.

Once you register for the event with your pledge to STAY SAFE STAY FIT, we’ll invite you to a private Facebook group where we’ll share information and guidance for the event.

During the weekend of April 16th to 18th, all participants will take part in any movement-based activity that you choose. Each day during the event will have a suggested fitness activity, but YOU decide how you want to move and how often. Outdoor activities are welcome, provided they are singular or same-household member activities, at least 6 feet apart from others.

Habitat Youth will get participants ready and motivated with a pre-event kick-off on Thursday evening, April 15th at 7pm.  

Prizes will be awarded to those who share the most-liked photos and/or videos of their Stay SAFE STAY FIT experiences throughout the event on social media using the hashtag #RVHFHStaySafeStayFit. A prize will also be given to the high school chapter that generates the highest level of donations. All participants will receive a virtual certificate of completion. 

Will you join us?  Together, we can Stay Safe, Stay Fit and help make a difference for families in our local community

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Unable to participate? Please consider making a donation or sponsoring another participant. Every dollar helps build brighter futures.

(Please sign up only one time. You may donate as often as you wish, even after signing up as a participant, by resubmitting the form.)

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Women Build 2021

International Women Build Week 2021

March 8 - 15

Join us for this virtual global event, International Women Build Week. Together, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity created International Women Build Week on a foundation of strength, resilience and perseverance. The event kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8th, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

In past years groups of women have raised funds and gathered at a Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Build site to help a future homeowner build a simple, decent, affordable home. While there is no substitute for swinging a hammer, we are excited for you to participate virtually and learn new skills from the safety of your home.

We hope to inspire D.I.Y. projects that you can accomplish at home. Watch a chalk painting demonstration and learn tips to successfully transform an old piece of furniture into a treasure. Spark your creativity as you see some amazing D.I.Y. Upcycle Projects that are possible using bargain priced items from the Habitat ReStore. Learn techniques to easily reupholster dining room chairs. Watch and listen to a wood refinishing expert as he walks us through a project and shares secrets to success.

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Free Webinar!

On Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM, you are invited to participate in an educational Zoom call with a local author, who wrote “Anne Thornton’s Insider’s Guide to Home Improvement”. During this 45-minute interactive session she will highlight many of the ideas in her book including some of the “23 things every woman should know how to do around the house”. Anne wrote this book with women in mind. This presentation is about empowerment, helping homeowners understand how things in their house work and how to deal with contractors. It’s also about maintenance – what you can and should do so you don’t have any emergencies. Anne has owned MSI Plumbing and Remodeling for the past 30 years and has seen just about everything. Now she is sharing her knowledge to help other homeowners, especially women, avoid costly mistakes. All participants will be mailed a copy of Anne’s book. Preregistration is required.

Birdhouse Contest!

For those who are ready for a challenge, we will be hosting a bird house making contest!
Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone deserves a warm, safe place to call home – even the birds! All who are ready to accept this challenge will be asked to pay a $10 registration fee. Contest participants will be able to go to the Habitat ReStore and choose up to $10 of merchandise to make their bird house or use items they have at home. This is a chance to let your creativity soar. You will be asked to bring your creation back to the Habitat ReStore so that shoppers and a small panel of judges can choose the winners based on two key criteria: creativity and functionality. There will be prizes for the winners and fun for all participants.

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Click the button below to participate in this exciting week. Don’t forget to check the appropriate box if you want to register for the Insider’s Guide to Home Improvement Zoom session or the bird house making contest!

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is December 1, 2020

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Since 2012, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

This year, Giving Tuesday is on December 1, 2020, and anyone can participate by showing generosity in a variety of ways, including helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes such as RV Habitat for Humanity!

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.

Every act of generosity counts.

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Voices of Gratitude

Voices of Gratitude
A Virtual Community Celebration

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
7pm - 8pm

Join Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity as we host “Voices of Gratitude – A Virtual Community Celebration” on Wednesday, October 28th from 7pm to 8pm.

RV Habitat families and volunteers will share their stories of how building their RV Habitat home and giving back to their community transformed their lives. We’ll award several raffle prizes during the program to show our gratitude to our audience, share live video of homeowners and their families (expect at least one live performance from some very talented family members), a special thank you to honor long time Homeowner Services Committee volunteer Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, and much more! 

You won’t want to miss this special event that is free for all to attend and enjoy.
Click the button below to register.

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Women Build 2020

Women Build

Saturday October 17, 2020
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Belle Mead, NJ
(address provided to registrants)
Rain date: November 7, 2020

Women Build is a day of empowerment. A community of dedicated women come together to build a home that will provide financial stability and a better quality of life for another woman and her family.

Women’s Build is limited to the first 10 women who donate $100 and attempt to fund raise $500 each. Must be age 18 years or older to participate.

Are you ready to build with us?

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Dad Build 2020

Join us for Dad Build 2020!

In honor of Father’s Day, we are inviting dads to build alongside your son or daughter (age 16+) or your significant other for one of 3 special build days in June or July! Memories of his Father’s Day build day is a gift he’ll enjoy for many years to come.

This is a unique build, as he’ll be helping to renovate the historic Burd House, a building on the property of Pluckemin Presbyterian Church. It will be the new home of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, with a move-in planned for October 2020. The Burd House project is a wonderful opportunity for RV Habitat to deepen our roots in Pluckemin and help to restore a historic property that has significant meaning to the community. It’s a great opportunity for dad and his guest(s) to learn new skills, put current skills to use, and join us for a day of camaraderie and fun!

Spaces are limited and reservations will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

Who:

2 RV Habitat employees, including a Site Construction Supervisor
1 RV Habitat Partner Homeowner
10 Build Day participants

Donation:
$100 per pair, $50 per person 

All proceeds will be used to continue to build affordable homes and strong families in Somerset & Hunterdon Counties.

 

FAQs:

How are you implementing social distancing and Covid safety protocols?

An RV Habitat Site Supervisor will ensure that all workers remain 6 feet apart throughout the build day.  Additionally, we will have a portable sink for handwashing, hand sanitizer, face masks and gloves for all participants.  Participants who elect to work on jobs inside of the home will be given face shields to wear. The portable bathroom will be sanitized twice during the build day shift.

How long is the build?

The build will be approximately 4 hours long, with time for introductions at the start of the day and opportunities for water and snack breaks as needed.

What kind of work will I be doing?

The work will be varied, with most people performing jobs on the outside of the Burd House like installing siding and exterior painting.  Some participants may be offered to do interior jobs, but these are optional.

Can I join the build by myself?

Yes – though we request that individual participants identify as a father to recognize this special group. We will have additional build days in the future to recognize other groups and teams such as a Women’s Build, Youth Build, and open builds for any participant.

Can I register 2 or more people?

Yes! We encourage dads to come with anyone that he chooses, as long as they’re over 16 years old. Dad + spouse, dad + kids, dad + brother, dad + best friend – it’s his day and up to him!

Do I have to sign a waiver?

Yes, waivers will need to be signed by all participants at the start of the build day shift.

The minimum age of build participants is 16 years old by federal regulations. This is an active job site, so you will be asked to dress appropriately in old clothes and sturdy shoes and sign a waiver upon arrival.

Please refer to the waiver forms listed below:

Release and Waiver of Liability for Adults

Release and Waiver of Liability for Minors

Covid-19 Waiver

Covid-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan

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Shelter Strong

RV Habitat and the Habitat Youth Council Present

Shelter Strong

April 19-25, 2020.

Join RV Habitat and Habitat Youth,  families and friends, for a week of sheltering STRONG!

We can get through this period of sheltering-in-place by staying positive, supporting one another and sheltering STRONG! Join us during the week of April 19th to do something really positive for yourself, your family and your community.

Habitat Youth

Habitat Youth is a dedicated team of nearly 300 students from eight Habitat service groups representing local high schools in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. They have created a virtual community fitness week – Shelter Strong.

About Shelter Strong

The purpose of this event is to help individuals and families stay physically fit, build virtual camaraderie and use their time to support the RV Habitat mission of providing affordable home ownership opportunities to build strength, stability and self-reliance for area families. Your participation will build hope and transform lives in our local community!

We invite you to be a part of SHELTER STRONG. Together, we can help others SHELTER STRONG in the future.

How does it work?

SHELTER STRONG is a week of movement-based activity that you choose.

Walk-Run-Pedal-Dance-Row-Yoga, however YOU like to get moving, do it!

Pledge $10, $25 or $50 to help Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, build strength, stability and self- reliance through shelter. Registrants can make an even greater impact by asking friends and family to sponsor their participation.

Once you register for the event with your pledge to SHELTER STRONG, we’ll invite you to a private Facebook group where we’ll share information and guidance for the week.

During the week of April 19th to 25th, all participants will take part in any movement-based activity that you choose. Each day during the event will have a suggested fitness activity, but You decide how you want to move and how often. Outdoor activities are welcome, provided they are singular or same-household member activities, at least 6 feet apart from others.

Habitat Youth will get participants ready and motivated with a pre-event kick-off on Saturday evening, April 18th at 7pm.  

Prizes will be awarded to those who share the most-liked photos and/or videos of their Shelter Strong experiences throughout the week on social media using the hashtag #RVHabitatShelterStrong. A prize will also be given to the participant who generates the highest level of donations. All participants will receive a virtual certificate of completion. 

Will you join us?  Together, we can help area families Shelter Strong in the future!

Can't participate? Please consider making a donation or sponsoring another participant. Every dollar helps build brighter futures.

Click below to sign up and/or donate

(Please sign up only one time. You may donate as often as you wish, even after signing up as a participant, by resubmitting the form.)

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Habitat Youth Rainbow Run Postponed

Rainbow Run 2020
Postponed

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Rainbow Run.

Originally scheduled for April 19th, we plan to reschedule the event to a date to be determined. Habitat staff will contact registered participants and sponsors this week about options to hold or refund processed payments.

Though we are in a time of extreme uncertainty, we are hopeful that our projects, volunteer opportunities, and operations will normalize in the coming weeks and months. Meanwhile, we encourage our Hunterdon and Somerset neighbors to be mindful of how we can positively impact our communities. Right now, that means social distancing, practicing good hygiene, and supporting businesses and neighbors in whatever ways we can. We look forward to a near future when we can reschedule our events and celebrate the importance of community. We appreciate your support during this time!

On behalf of everyone at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, we send our best wishes to you, your families and our communities.

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RV Habitat Golf Outing

RV Habitat Golf Outing

Postponed due to COVID-19

We are sorry to announce the RV Habitat Golf Outing has been postponed due to the COVID-19 global health emergency. We will reschedule this event when it is safe to do so and, in the meantime, we pray you stay safe and well.  

We look forward to seeing you soon!

What could be better than a beautiful Fall golf day? We invite you to meet other golf enthusiasts (of all levels), and enjoy Fox Hollow’s beatiful course, all while contributing to the success of deserving local families in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

Monday October 21, 2019
10:30 AM Breakfast and Registration
12:00 PM Start
5:00 PM Dinner

$175 per player

 

Fox Hollow Country Club
59 Fox Chase Run, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Proceeds Benefit:
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

Generously Sponsored by:
Fox Hollow Country Club
North Central Jersey Association of Realtors

 

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