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Hanick Home Dedication

  On May 30, 2015, Avery County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home of Tony and Kawana Hanick, and their daughter, Lettie. Local community members presented the Winters with a Bible, and a hand-made quilt made by Banner Elk Presbyterian Comfort Makers.  This house is the 41st house built by Avery County Habitat for Humanity since 1991, and the 16th house in the Milford Meadows community in Elk Park. Congratulations, Tony, Kawana and Lettie!            

Women Build 2014

Women Build 2014

High Country women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 3-11, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host women build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program. National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years. Lowe’s contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates.  National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s also conducts “How-To” clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to…
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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Dear Habitat Supporter,   Eight months into owning our new home, life has changed dramatically for the better. In the house we previously lived in, we struggled to maintain a nice, safe, homey environment for our children. We are very thankful to have been blessed with a new house, a safe, comfortable place we can proudly call home.   Our old home had many issues that we had to deal with on a daily basis. Trying to prevent and get rid of mold was a constant battle. Our children were frequently sick. Our six-year-old developed terrible coughs that would progress into ear infections. Our three-year-old had several respiratory infections, causing him to be placed on multiple inhalers. Since moving in, however, we have had no infections of any kind. Allergies that were once a constant problem very rarely bother us. Everyone is much healthier living in a more sanitary environment. The baby has had a healthier place to grow and…
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Adams Home Dedication

Adams Home Dedication

On October 26, 2013, Avery County Habitat for Humanity completed and dedicated the new home of Brian and Tonya Adams. Friends and family surrounded Brian and Tonya, along with their four children, to celebrate the occasion, which took place on the spacious wrap-around porch of their new home in Milford Meadows. Jesse Smith of Crossnore, NC played guitar and sang to start off the dedication. Local community members presented the Prices with a Bible, a hand-made quilt (courtesy of Banner Elk Presbyterian Comfort Makers), a one-year YMCA membership (thanks to Williams YMCA of Avery County), and a decorative name plaque (given by The Sign Shop of Banner Elk). In addition to the tangible gifts, dedication attendees shared their excitement and love for the Adams.

Babette McAuliffe – the 2013 Big Cheese!

Babette McAuliffe – the 2013 Big Cheese!

Congratulations to Babette McAuliffe, publisher and editor of Carolina Mountain Life Magazine, for becoming the 2013 Big Cheese! Babette raised over $2,200 to support Avery County Habitat for Humanity this summer. Thanks, Babette!

Champion Home Dedication

Champion Home Dedication

Dear Friends, Warmer weather has arrived in Avery County, marking the beginning of our busy season here at Habitat for Humanity. Hammers are swinging all over our job sites, and while we are very grateful for our volunteers, we want to set down the hammers for a day to celebrate the completion of our 37th Habitat home. On July 13th, we will celebrate the completion of Jeremy and Amber Champion’s new home, the first home to be completed on Fuller Ridge Road of the Milford Meadows community. To arrive at the dream of homeownership, Jeremy and Amber have logged hundreds of “sweat-equity” hours and attended homeowner education classes covering a variety of topics. The Champions were also a part of our inaugural round of Financial Peace University, a 9-week financial management course intended to not only help participants earn and spend wisely, but to transform their entire outlook towards money. As an added celebration, Jeremy has recently landed a new…
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Who will be crowned “The Big Cheese” of Avery County?

Who will be crowned “The Big Cheese” of Avery County?

This summer, seven Avery County community members will take what they already do – BBQ’s, pool parties, and games – and use it to benefit Avery County Habitat for Humanity. From July 1st until August 9th, each contestant will compete in Avery Habitat’s inaugural “Big Cheese” event, a six-week fundraising competition to see which community member can raise the most funding for Avery Habitat’s next home. Committed to Avery Habitat’s cause, the seven “Big Cheese” contestants are: David Burleson, Avery County Schools Johnny Carson, Nationwide Insurance Mike Dunn, Dunn’s Deli & The Perry House Babette McAuliffe, Carolina Mountain Life Richard McGuire, Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Judy Nye, The Sterling Company Real Estate Trey Oakley, The Williams YMCA Contestants can raise funds in any ethical manner they choose. They can host a cookout, send letters to friends, or even stand at the town stoplight with a bucket (with the appropriate permission, of course). Community members are encouraged to donate online…
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Calling All Women!

Calling All Women!

High Country women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 4-12, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host women build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program. National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years. Lowe’s contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates.  National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s also conducts “How-To” clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to…
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Faith Build 2013

Faith Build 2013

Check out what local Presbyterian congregations are uniting to accomplish! The below article is from Crossnore Presbyterian’s winter newsletter… Crossnore Presbyterian Church, along with other local Presbyterian congregations and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, are partnering to raise the funds and build a home for a Habitat for Humanity partner family in Avery County. Our congregation has committed $5,000 of the $53,000 in pledges received thus far. In addition, we received an anonymous gift of $1,000 to kick start the campaign. The build will take place the first week of September, but we will be helping in August to prepare the foundation and with anything else that needs to be done prior to September. Our first task is to raise the rest of our pledge. We have $3,500 to go and only a few months to meet our goal. As visual encouragement, ACHFH has dropped off 50 studs in our fellowship hall that will actually be used in the building…
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Price Family Dedication

Price Family Dedication

On December 8, 2012, Avery County Habitat for Humanity completed and dedicated the new home of Derek and Sara Price. Friends and family surrounded Derek and Sara, along with their four children, to celebrate the occasion, which took place on the wrap-around porch of their new home in Altamont. Jesse Smith of Crossnore, NC filled the autumn air with his cool voice and rhythmic guitar playing. Family members tested the new kitchen by preparing delicious breads, dips, and other baked goods. Zane, the Price’s youngest son, added his touch to the occasion by running in and out of his new bedroom. Local community members presented the Prices with a Bible, a hand-made quilt (courtesy of Banner Elk Presbyterian Comfort Makers), a one-year YMCA membership (thanks to Williams YMCA of Avery County), and a decorative name plaque (given by The Sign Shop of Banner Elk). In addition to the tangible gifts, dedication attendees shared their excitement and love for the Prices.

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