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  • Share Your Memories With Us, Win a T-Shirt and Hat

    We love to hear stories and see photos about Habitat experiences from our volunteers and our homeowners – what a great way to share what Habitat is all about!

    We want to invite all of our volunteers – and homeowners too – to share photos of their memories on the Habitat build site. We also want to make it fun!! Whoever submits the “best” photo with the most “likes” and “comments” on our Facebook fan page will win a Habitat t-shirt and ball cap.

    It’s very simple! Here’s how it will work:

    • First, if you already are a Facebook member, you must log in to your account and go to our page. If you are not a Facebook member, you will need to create a free account. Once on our page click on the “become a fan” button at the top of the page.

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    • Now the fun begins! Post ...

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  • Program Ends, But Need for Volunteers Continues

    Well, it’s official. We are sad to say that the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day  program has ended!

    But what hasn’t ended is our need for volunteers. Volunteers are the absolute HEART of our organization and we could not do it without you. If you have not volunteered with us before, please check out our volunteer opportunities and give us a call. You won’t get a day at a Disney resort from us, but you will get the rewarding satisfaction that comes from volunteering, and the pride in knowing that you have helped a hardworking family in need achieve ownership of a simple, decent and affordable home.

    For those who have already signed up for a day of service through the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program website, your day of service will be honored with a free ticket once your participation is verified with ...

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  • Disney Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program winding down


    The volunteer support of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio never ceases to amaze me. The same goes for volunteers of many other organizations all over the country.

    It was just a few short weeks ago that we registered to participate in the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program. Walt Disney World Resorts had made the generous commitment to give each volunteer of participating organizations one-day’s admission to a Disney park in return for one day of volunteer service.

    In just the short period we’ve been registered with Disney as a participating organization, we’ve had dozens come out and volunteer with us as part of that program. This came at a great time for us as we are in dire need of Friday volunteers and for volunteers to provide lunches on our construction site.

    I have been truly in awe of the response. It was also great ...

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  • Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

    Some of my fondest memories are of going to Disney World with my family a couple of years ago.

    I don’t know who was the most excited, me or my children. As I walked down Main Street toward Cinderella’s Castle with my children on each side of me, I remember thinking “It is truly a magical place.”

    No less happy are many memories I have of volunteering for various organizations over the years. Well before my employment with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, I have served as a Habitat volunteer in other cities. I remember what it felt like to work alongside the families we were helping. It was rewarding and I’m sure thousands of volunteers right here in San Antonio could easily say the same thing.

    Now, thanks to the HandsOn Network and Disney Parks, you can combine those two feelings – the “magic” of Disney and the ...

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  • We Are Making It Easier For You!

    Over the last few months, we’ve told you about a plethora of changes – both past and present – to our website. We have planned all these as a more interesting, more user friendly and more interesting way to keep you abreast of what is going on at Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.

    The most obvious change has been the new look of our website. We’ve added a blog and an online calendar, among other things, and we’ve ventured out into the online world of social networking.

    Most recently, we are now offering RSS feeds for our blogs and news section.

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio has a lot of news we don’t want you to miss out on! Now, all of this information can be streamlined directly to you. Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio offers RSS feeds for all of its blogs and updated news content. ...

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  • Wrecking Crew Launched

    I never thought I would say being a “home wrecker” is something to be proud of. But now, thanks to a new program of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, I think it can be.

    HFHSA has recently launched the “Wrecking Crew,” a free deconstruction or tear out service for local remodeling projects. HFHSA's Wrecking Crew salvages usable building materials and the donated materials are sold in the Home Centers.

    It’s a win for everyone involved. You save money by not paying someone to take those usable materials out, you score a “green” point by not sending more to the landfill and we, in turn, have goods we can sell in our Habitat Home Centers.

    And even better, future Habitat homeowner score big: proceeds from our three Home Centers fund all HFHSA general and administrative costs. That way, we are able to put 100% of every donated dollar to our ...

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  • 12,000 Volunteers = Hungry Mouths!

    Have you ever thought about the magnitude of coordinating 12,000 volunteers each year or that hosting all these volunteers means a lot of hungry mouths to feed?

    We do, each and every day. Habitat is very fortunate that we have the volunteer support that we do – they are the heart of our organization. It takes a lot of effort to schedule volunteers throughout the construction site, often making sure we have enough for as many as 15-20 houses at a time. We not only have to schedule, but we have to also make sure the needs of these volunteers are met while they are on the construction site and we have to coordinate with our construction department to make sure all construction needs are met.

    Just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this task, we currently have 15 houses in various stages of construction. On any ...

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  • Volunteers Needed!



    How will YOU do this in 2010?

    I know – at least for me and my family – answering this question in the face of today’s difficult economic times can be very hard. It’s troublesome, if not impossible, to figure out how to make a difference in the lives of others when you feel you cannot meet the needs of your own family.

    As the New Year approached and I thought about my “New Year’s Resolution” these thoughts came to mind. The fact of the matter is there are many, many people right here in San Antonio who are far worse off than I am. Working for Habitat for Humanity, it’s so easy to see that. In these economic times, these families need us more than ever.

    The other fact of the matter is finances may be difficult but there are many ways to help. VOLUNTEERING...

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  • Happy New Year from HFHSA!

    As the new year begins we are looking to the future and what 2010 holds in store for HFHSA. What does 2010 mean for us? It means working hard to complete the 54 homes we’ve planned for the coming year. We are off to a good start, as five of those homes are already under construction.

    But, we cannot look to the future without first looking back and saying THANK YOU to the hardworking families, the amazing volunteers and the generous donors who helped us bring 2009 to a successful close – and put 50 more deserving families in new Habitat homes of their own.

    Today, we celebrate that these families will not have to worry each night about where they will lay their heads as they go to sleep. They won’t have to worry about whether they have to make the choice between paying a rent payment they ...

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  • Volunteers make year special!

    As the fall portion of our building schedule is nearing an end, I thought it might be worth revisiting some of the special stories that we’ve enjoyed this year.

    Below is a reprint of a press release we sent out about one impressive group of volunteers who have worked with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio for many years.  This group of retired gentlemen has not only spent countless hours volunteering their time for us, but has recently taken on the task of raising funds to build an entire house.

    Their house – along with 16 other new homes – will be dedicated in ceremonies set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.  The public is invited.

    Our hats are off to you!! Read on ….

    Shielding his eyes from the August sun and looking around at a group of volunteers preparing to secure a wall panel to the ...

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