Friday, May 26, 2017

BYU Chapter Helps to Clean Up Garden

BYU Habitat Chapter members helped Habitat finish getting our TyeRay Community Garden in Provo ready for the growing season. Volunteers spent the morning cleaning up and weeding the garden area. The Community Garden is located in Habitat's TyeRay Subdivision at 1063 North 950 West, Provo, and was created in partnership with Habitat, Community Action Services and Food Bank, and Provo Parks and Recreation a few years ago. Planting plots are still available. Contact David Wright at or 801-691-5207 for more information.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Busy, Busy Week!

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County had crazy busy week full of mission driven activities. In addition to working with volunteers during National Women Build Week to frame the Harter/Blackham home in Provo, Habitat also sponsored its first Police Picnic of the season on Tuesday evening. Franklin residents enjoyed a hot dog meal with some of Provo's finest at Habitat's Hope on 5th project in Provo's Franklin Neighborhood. Neighbors had the opportunity to meet and share concerns with their new Community Police Officer, Carter Grow. On Friday, Habitat celebrated the end of its 10th Annual National Women Build Week with a big culmination party. Women Build participants enjoyed tasty funnel cakes from the Other Side Academy, music by Craig Conover, and fun door prizes. On Saturday, Habitat worked with Provo's Maeser Neighborhood to kick off their mural revitalization project in the Maeser Park on 600 South. Neighbors worked to power wash and scrape the mural wall prepping it for a new mural to be painted. Also on Saturday morning, ION Solar employees generously donated and installed a solar panel system on a Habitat renovation home in Orem as part of their new ION Earth initiative. The solar company employees also created some beautiful planters for the porch, planted flowers at the front of the home, and left a Mother's Day gift and card for the new homeowner, a single mom with three children. Special thanks to all those that made these activities possible and successful! We truly work in a wonderful community!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Habitat Kicks off 10th Annual National Women Build Week

Miss Utah, Lauren Wilson, and well known blogger, Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built, joined Lowe's Heroes, Habitat staff and board members, other Miss Utah contestants, community members, and the Harter/Blackham family to break ground on Habitat's 67th Utah Valley home and kick off the 10th Annual National Women Build Week on Saturday, May 6th. Following the ceremony and breakfast that included delicious Stroopwafels from Mighty Baker, Lowe's Heroes and others worked on the four bedroom, two-bathroom home, located 420 South 500 West in Provo, being built with Kim Harter and her three children the rest of the morning. Lunch was then provided by 5 Star BBQ with an inspirational devotional given by Pastor Logan Wolf from Crosspoint Church. Following lunch, volunteers braved the wind and rain to help work on the home the rest of the afternoon.

Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week. In Provo, female volunteers will work help frame Harter’s home from May 6th to May 12th. Women from all over the community, including UVU First Lady, Paige Holland, UVU staff and students, Intermountain Health Care and Adobe employees, and Lowe’s Heroes, will be working on the home throughout the week. This is the 10th year that the local Habitat affiliate has participated in this annual event.