AmeriCorps Offers Amazing Year of Service and Travel

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Did you know that Wichita Habitat staffer Shawna Dennett has operated a backhoe? No, Shawna didn’t have this experience while working at our affiliate. Instead, it was while she served as a member of Sun 8 with the AmeriCorps Civilian Conservation Corps in 2001. This week we’re celebrating AmeriCorps and so that includes alumni …

AmeriCorps is a “Hands-On” learning experience for Ismael

Serving as a construction crew leader through AmeriCorps has been an incredible learning experience for Ismael. Before his year of service began, Ismael said he didn’t know much about building a house, how to use certain tools or how to be a leader. “I have actually learned far more than I imagined I could,” he said. “Being with Habitat has …

Tips for finding your next DIY upcycle project at Habitat ReStore

Adapted from an article by Habitat for Humanity International You never know what you’ll find when you shop at Wichita’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore at Central and West streets. That’s why it’s such a thrilling shopping experience. Furniture for sale at ReStore is in great condition as is, but some pieces that are perceived as outdated may get overlooked. That’s …

Team finds Wichita walkable, fun and sweet!

By Olivia/AmeriCorps NCCC team member serving with Wichita Habitat Our team has loved being in Wichita. One of the first things we noticed on the first day is how easy it is to walk places. We’re a 10-minute walk from Old Town and from the cafes on Douglas Street. With limited transportation, having the freedom to walk to so many cute …

Walls tell a story of a community’s love, support

Can you imagine going to sleep every night, surrounded by prayers and messages of love shared by the volunteers who helped you build your home? That’s something that future Habitat homebuyer Arnetta and her daughter will experience when they move into their home in the spring! Construction began on Arnetta’s affordable Wichita Habitat home during our MLK Day of Service …

Katharine brings skill, passion and bright smile to Wichita Habitat

Katharine Franco is often the first person someone meets when they want to learn about our homeownership program. Katharine is our homeowner services manager and she leads information classes, connects future homebuyers with budget coaches, and advises and supports people as they complete our program requirements. She also has the brightest smile, the kindest heart and a very positive attitude. …

What is Giving Tuesday?

By Habitat for Humanity Int’l Inspired by the idea to unite people through giving, the global movement #GivingTuesday was created in 2012 by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y — a cultural and community center in New York City.Directly following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday harnesses the power …

Life gets greener for Habitat homeowners

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager We’re always amazed at what happens when people in our community work together to make a difference. Here’s a recent inspiring example: On Saturday, members of the Environmental Action Club from The Independent School and Ben Postlethwait, a biology conservation and sustainability manager at Evergy, planted trees in the yards of nine Wichita Habitat for …

Students Team Up to Volunteer, Build for Habitat

By Kathy Lefler/Communications & Marketing Manager We’re excited about a new volunteer partnership that connects students of all ages and skills with our ReStore and supports our work. Christine Moser, volunteer coordinator at Wichita Habitat, said it’s a partnership that was born out of a need to involve youth under the age of 16 in Habitat’s work. Volunteers are vital …