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December 17, 2014

Habitat earns 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  

This is the first time that Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County has earned this top distinction.

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their gifts wisely, especially in the current economic environment.” said Jamie Maciejewski, Habitat’s executive director. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

Maciejewski is proud to report that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to fund the programs and mission of Habitat, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

“Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars - a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Cars for Homes

December 11, 2014

There are families and individuals right here in Jefferson County who are living in substandard housing and simply need a hand-up not a handout. Habitat for Humanity provides that hand-up and you can help. Habitat’s Cars For Homes Program uses your donated car, truck, boat or RV - running or not- to help build decent, affordable homes for low-income, local families.  Please call 379-2827 or visit www.carsforhomes.org for more information.

Eric's house dedication

December 8, 2014

Habitat House #34 has been dedicated with new homeowner Eric White receiving his keys yesterday from Habitat's Construction Manager Dave Grauberger. Thank you to everyone who came out to wish him well, as we celebrated the second house built in Chimacum. Congratulations Eric!

A big thank you to Jim & Noreen McCarron who generously donated the land near Chimacum Creek, and all of the volunteers and donors who make Habitat's work in our community possible. Eric will be enjoying his first Christmas as a homeowner with an affordable mortgage in a warm, dry, energy-effecient home. 

Wells Fargo awards $5,000 grant to Habitat

November 18, 2014

Mickey Sheehan, branch manager of the Wells Fargo Bank in Port Townsend, presents a $5,000 check to Jamie Maciejewski, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County to support the construction of the first house at the Birkenfeld Community in Port Townsend.

“We are extremely grateful for this grant award, our fourth in as many years from the Foundation,” said Jamie Maciejewski, Habitat’s executive director. “The Wells Fargo Foundation is a loyal partner in our mission to build homes, community, and hope.”

Employees of the Wells Fargo Port Townsend Branch spent a day last winter on the construction site of a Chimacum home that the foundation’s 2013 grant award helped build.

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US Bank awards Habitat a $1,500 grant

October 21, 2014

Jamie Maciejewski, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County and Debbie Williams, Habitat’s community engagement coordinator, accept a $1,500 grant award check from Timothy Ruybalid, manager of the U.S. Bank branch in Quilcene.

The U.S. Bank Foundation awarded the grant for the Quilcene Neighborhood Revitalization Home Repair Program.

“We are so grateful to the U.S. Bank Foundation which has supported the Neighborhood Revitalization program in Quilcene from the beginning,” Jamie said. “Since 2011, we have repaired 11 homes and completed one neighborhood clean-up project in Quilcene, thanks to the generous support of volunteers, donors, and community partners, like the U.S. Bank Foundation.”

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program assists low-income homeowners with much-needed home repairs and preservation, and follows the same principles as Habitat's new home construction. Families are selected based on their housing need, ability to repay a no-interest loan, and willingness to contribute sweat equity. House repairs completed in partnership with Quilcene homeowners include energy efficient modifications, such as window and door replacements and caulking and sealing to reduce air infiltration. 

Keidren receives keys

October 9, 2014

Keidren Devas with her children, Bjorn and Alima, receives the keys for her family's new house in Chimacum on Sunday. 

Jean Camfield, Habitat's board president (right), was one of nearly 50 people who turned out to help dedicate the Devas home and ceremoniously put Prayers in the Walls of Eric White's house, which is under construction right next door and on schedule to be completed this winter.

Keidren is looking forward to spending her first Thanksgiving in her new home, and is excited about planting a vegetable garden next spring. She already has pears on the trees in the back and blooming plants in the front.

The Devas house is the first of three Habitat homes in Chimacum, thanks to property donors Jim and Noreen McCarron and house sponosors Duke and Jeanne Shold.

"We are very excited that this family can plant permanent roots in the same community where the children attend school," said Jamie Maciejewski, Habitat's executive director. "The fact that we are building and repairing homes in Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene is due to the tremendous support of the community. Donors, volunteers, and board members all saw the great need and supported Habitat's expansion into the county."

 

Habitat receives grant award from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation

September 23, 2014

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County a grant in the amount of $2,500 to support the infrastructure installation of the new, 12-home Birkenfeld Community in Port Townsend.

Bank of America is lending, investing and giving in local communities in order to advance local economies and create positive change. Supporting organizations like Habitat for Humanity that are providing critical services and programs is just one of the ways that the foundation helps to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Jamie Maciejewski, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County; Margo Garton, Habitat’s resource development committee chair; and Jean Camfield, Habitat’s board president accept a grant award check from Jan Carter, Bank of America vice       president and manager of the Port Townsend branch. 

 

 

 

Building On Faith

August 26, 2014

We are excited to announce that our first Building on Faith month will take place in October. Every Saturday during the month, local congregations will come together to work with Habitat. Some participants will swing hammers, while others will serve lunches, but all will work together to build community, faith, and homes. We have several churches already signed up, but there is still time to get involved. Please call Marshall at 379-2827 or email: volunteer@habitatejc.org for more information.

 

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Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County

August 12, 2014

Your next purchase could help build homes in Jefferson County. AmazonSmile will donate .5% of your next purchase to Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County. Just make sure you select Habitat and your shopping will result in giving, too!

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