Super Blitz

March 28th, 2014

 

8 Families + 8 Homes = 16 Days

ONEOK and ONE Gas are presenting the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity 2014 Super Blitz!  The Super Blitz project will be a 16-day build in which we will build eight homes with eight families.  Wall-raising day will be Friday, May 30.  These homes should be completed by Saturday, June 14.  There will be 2,500 volunteer slots available over this 16-day period.

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Pictured at Groundbreaking, L to R –Beverly Monnet, executive director, ONE Gas Foundation and Chair-elect, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, Pierce Norton, CEO, ONE Gas. Terry Spencer, CEO, ONEOK and Paul Kent, executive director, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity

“The Super Blitz gives us an opportunity to make a huge impact on two neighborhoods in a short period of time,” says Paul Kent, executive director, Tulsa Habitat.  “We are honored that we have ONEOK and ONE Gas partnering with us in this way and thank them for their continued support and service to the community of Tulsa.”

Most Tulsa Habitat homes are built on consecutive Saturdays and take approximately 10-12 weeks.  We will be building every day for this 16-day period so we need volunteers every day of the week.  Groups are welcome and encouraged to participate. This is a great team-building exercise for workgroups. Contact Paula Blalock to schedule a group at pblalock@tulsahabitat.org

These eight families are excited to be a part of this great project.  Families will have completed a majority of their Homeowners Education Program, which consists of a money management seminar, workshops on homeownership and house-building components in our Habitat woodshop.  They also will spend time building on their homes with the volunteers.  Home recipients will soon be homeowners and begin repaying a 20-year, zero interest mortgage.  The principal from these mortgages will go directly back into Tulsa Habitat and be used to help other Tulsa families with homeownership.

Title Sponsors, ONEOK and ONE Gas, will be joined by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and Hilti as Community Sponsors.  Whirlpool will be participating as a Neighborhood Sponsor.  There is still time to join us.  If you would like to donate for this project click here

If you have ever wanted to come out and help build a home with Tulsa Habitat – this is your chance – be a Habitat Hero!  No experience necessary and all tools are provided.  Come join us!

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15th Annual Dream Builders’ Gala

March 21st, 2014

Honorary Chair Don Walker & Sherroll Walker, Mayor Dewey Bartlett & Victoria Bartlett, and Tulsa Habitat E.D. Paul Kent & Lyn Kent

Honorary Chair Don Walker & Sheroll Walker, Mayor Dewey Bartlett & Victoria Bartlett, and Tulsa Habitat E.D. Paul Kent & Lyn Kent

It was an exciting night!  The 2014 Dream Builders’’ Gala, “Home Was Not Built in a Day” was Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Southern Hills Country Club.  We would like to thank our Honorary Chair, Don Walker, president and CEO of Arvest Tulsa for being a part of this special evening.  The evening began as we were welcomed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Tulsa’s First Lady, Victoria Bartlett.

Lori Fullbright, News on 6, was our emcee and as always she looked beautiful and did a great job.  The program included Live and Silent Auctions and a heartwarming story from Joanna Giddens, a recent homeowner.  We would like to thank our Dream Builder sponsor, Walton Family Foundation.  We would also like to thank our Master Architect sponsor, Magellan Midstream.  Our House Builder sponsors were Arvest, Donna & Gary Dundee, Helmerich & Payne, Inc, Hilti, Horn Investments, Industrial Oils Unlimited, Inc., Sue Blackburn Interiors, Unit and Vic & Susan Alonzi.

The Wall Raisers for the evening were BKD, LLP, Cyntergy, Dewberry, Darrell & Velma Mayfield, ePumps, inc., First Oklahoma Bank, Guaranty Abstract, HBA of Greater Tulsa, Houchin Electric, International Insurance, Kleinco, Manhattan, Matrix Service Co., MidFirst Bank, Paul & Lyn Kent, Rampart Resources, Red Devil, Steel Service Oilfield Tubular, Williams, and Green Bay Packaging.

 

We appreciate everyone who sponsored and all those who came out to support us at The Dream Builders’ Gala this year – It was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year!

Planned Giving Goal Met

September 13th, 2013

PLANNED GIVING CHALLENGE GOAL MET

From Left: Paul Kent- E.D. of Tulsa Habitat, Jane Dunbar- Tulsa Habitat and Steffanie Boner-Tulsa Community Foundation

 

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity has successfully met the Tulsa Community Foundation Planned Giving Challenge goal of $100,000 in planned gifts.  Tulsa Habitat for Humanity was rewarded with a $20,000 operating grant for surpassing the goal.  Tulsa Habitat is one of 43 area nonprofit agencies who are participating in the challenge.  Since February, 2012, more than $3.8 million has been raised by area nonprofits participating in the challenge.  Criterion for meeting our goal was to secure at least three donors and raise $100,000  in future gifts that will ultimately benefit Tulsa Habitat and their mission.

Habitat International partners with Hilti Foundation

September 10th, 2013

Habitat International announces partnership with the Hilti Foundation

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/09/10/5192561/habitat-for-humanity-announces.html#storylink=cpy

Habitat for Humanity announced a new global, three-year, $7.5 million partnership with the Hilti Foundation. The partnership will focus on Habitat’s MicroBuild Fund to help approximately 18,600 low-income families, or an estimated 93,000 individuals, access affordable financing and housing support services needed to improve their homes.  Read More

Apache Corporation Donates Truck

July 30th, 2013

Monday, July 29th at 9 a.m.  Apache Corporation delivered a truck to Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.  A few weeks ago Tulsa Habitat had a truck stolen.  This truck was instrumental to the organization in that it enabled Tulsa Habitat to tow its mowing equipment and also helps in deliveries to build sites.  When Apache heard about the stolen truck, they understood the need and decided to help.  Tulsa Habitat now is the proud owner of a Chevy Silverado, 3/4 ton with CNG bifuel. This truck also comes with a hitch and is ready to be put to use.

Rob Johnston, Tom O’Neal, Tim Tomlinson and Julee Thomas, of Apache, delivered the truck to Tulsa Habitat this morning and Paul Kent was on hand to accept it the gift. “Apache Corporation has been in Tulsa for nearly six decades.  I have to believe that over the years Habitat for Humanity has touched our families – as well as many others.  If this small contribution helps them carry on their mission, we are very pleased to be a part.”   said Rob Johnston, Apache central region vice president.

“We cannot say enough about the generosity of Apache Corp.” said Paul Kent, executive director, Tulsa Habitat. “Just a week ago, they donated a conversion to CNG for our ReStore Box Truck and now they are giving us a truck to replace the one that was stolen.  It is truly community partnerships like this that make our city, Tulsa a great place to live and work!”

A Brush With Kindess

June 25th, 2013

Paving The Road To Homeownership

May 31st, 2013

Paving the Road to Homeownership!

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years this year.  Over 280 families have become      homeowners and over 700 children are growing up in a more stable, secure home – Thank you Tulsa for joining with Tulsa Habitat to make this happen!

We want to continue this great work in Tulsa and to do that we are Paving the Road to Homeownership!

Paving the Road to Homeownership is an online fundraising campaign we are conducting June 1 – July 31.  We would love your help in this great effort!

The goal for Paving the Road to Homeownership is $100,000.  Not only will you be helping Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, you will have the opportunity to win some great prizes and have fun too.

Everyone that donates $100 or more will receive a very cool designer T-Shirt!

Individuals that raise $5000 or more will win and iPad Mini.

Teams of 5 or less, who together raise $10,000 or more will all win a Garmin Sports watch (approx. $200 value)

Here is the link – Start Paving the Road to Homeownership….

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Home Dedication in Crutchfield Neighborhood

April 30th, 2013

Click Here to see story at KJRH.COM

Habitat needs volunteers to spruce up Tulsa neighborhood

April 30th, 2013

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Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to spruce up Tulsa’s Crutchfield neighborhood

A Brush With Kindess

April 4th, 2013

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is kicking off a new program serving Tulsa-area homeowners. A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) helps low-income families maintain their homes through projects like improvements, repairs and accessibility on the exterior of their homes.

These projects help homeowners preserve their overall home exteriors while revitalizing the already-established neighborhood. In the end, the work of ABWK volunteers helps families live in safe and well-maintained homes and supports the preservation of affordable housing inventory. Additionally, the program helps reestablish and maintain community connections. And Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is beginning soon with the historic Crutchfield Neighborhood.

In conjunction with the launch of A Brush with Kindness, we will be organizing a general neighborhood clean-up project. While A Brush with Kindness volunteers will be working on select homes in the area, other volunteers will tackle public spaces in the neighborhood which are in need of a face lift. This includes projects like:

• Trash pickup

• Edging

• Cutting and removing brush

• Weed whacking

Three ways to help

 Volunteer

In order to effectively tackle the work at hand, we are seeking 500 volunteers a day. What a great way to spend a spring day outdoors, supporting your neighbors.To register to volunteer CLICK HERE.

If your company, church or other group would like to help, please contact Paula Blalock at pblalock@tulsahabitat.org for a group registration form. You must complete this form with number of volunteers and the day your group is available to help.

 Donate material

Donations of materials help keep costs low, and are tax-deductible. In order to complete the projects associated with A Brush with Kindness, we are in need of basic exterior maintenance and lawn care items. Following is a list of specific needs:

• Gasoline

• Gas cans

• Gas powered chain saws

• Gas powered edgers

• Gas powered weed eaters

• Flat nose shovels

• Two or four prong hoes

• Lopping shears

Of course this is just a sampling of materials that will be used to to help the homeowners in the Crutchfield Neighborhood. For a complete list of needed  items CLICK HERE.

 Donate food

We will also be supporting a food drive in cooperation with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in Eastern Oklahoma which helps to feed more than 70,000 people in our communities each week.

 Stay connected and share with friends!

We encourage you to keep up with the project and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TulsaHabitatForHumanityABWK

Use the hashtag #??? on Twitter

 

For an application or more information visit

www.tulsahabitat.org or call 918-592-4224 ext. 217

 

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