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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!

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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.


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

$100 per pair, $50 per person 

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



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

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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Home Dedication

You're Invited to Help Welcome the Okagbue Family to Their First Home!

We’re so proud to announce that the Okagbue Family has built their home and the promise of a brighter, more financially stable future for their children with the help of the community.

Please join us as we dedicate the Okagbue Family home, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 53rd home. Whether you’ve volunteered at the job site, made a gift or supported our mission in other ways, YOU’VE made this dream a reality for the Okagbue family. Now it’s time to celebrate together, tour the home and welcome them!

When: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time:   10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: 589 Howard Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873  

All are welcome!

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Homeowner Orientation Sessions

Interested in building and buying an affordably-priced home in Somerset County? Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) will be hosting three information sessions for potential applicants for its next project. Starting in the fall of 2019, RVHFH will be building a 3- or 4-bedroom handicapped adaptable (accessible if needed) home in Montgomery Township, Somerset County.

Anyone interested in applying for this home must attend ONE of the sessions in order to learn about the project and the program requirements and to obtain an application.

Qualifying applicants must be in the moderate-income range with a minimum annual gross income of $48,300 (for the 3-bedroom) and $55,500 (for the 4 bedroom) and a maximum annual gross income of $73,350 (3-person family); $81,450 (4-person family); $88,000 (5-person family); and $94,500 (6-person family). The family must have the ability to repay the 0% interest mortgage plus taxes, insurance and other costs of homeownership; be willing to partner with RVHFH through 250-500 hours of “sweat equity”; and meet other criteria listed on the website. All requirements will be explained at the sessions.

Interested persons must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
    1:00 pm
    Montgomery Evangelical Free Church
    246 Belle Mead Griggstown Rd.,
    Belle Mead, NJ 08502
  • Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
    1:00 pm
    Blawenberg Reformed Church *
    424 Route 518
    Skillman, NJ 08558
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
    6:00 pm
    Otto Kaufman Community Center
    356 Skillman Rd.
    Skillman, NJ 08558

Each site is accessible and has free parking.
* Restrooms at Blawenburg Church (also accessible) are in a separate building
Come early! Meeting doors close promptly at starting time; latecomers will not be admitted.

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Building on Faith Service Day

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent are partnering to create a Building on Faith Service Day on Saturday, September 14, 2019.  Local teens, families, and individuals of all ages will have the opportunity to come together for a one day mission experience in the local area.

Building on Faith Service Day will offer people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to serve. The volunteer sign-up link below allows you an easy way to indicate areas where you would be willing to help out. You will see that in addition to general building, repair, painting, landscaping and other types of project work, there are needs for individuals to supply and deliver work team lunches, help serve breakfast or refreshments to returning workers, work at the sign-in table, take photographs, provide child care and more.

We are excited about this event and hope you will consider partnering with us to create a significant impact on our local Christian community.

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