Thursday, November 15, 2007
See below for pictures of the progress ~ though the image isn't great, look for the reference to Equality issues in the design of the porch railing. Courtesy of Jillian, The build's talented Americorps leader.
This was University day - special thanks to all the students who came out from St. Edward's, UT, and ACC. Regular Pride Build volunteer and St. Ed's student Antowan Jones led the charge with a challenge to his University peers ~ thanks to everyone for braving 8 am on a Saturday.
Lunch couldn't have come quicker, because we all knew where it was coming from. Through the generosity of the fabulous folks from Home Slice, we were all treated to the best pizza in town!
Finally, I'm excited to announce an exciting Anonymous Challenge Grant to the Pride Build! Some folks from the community have pledged $5000 if we can raise funds to match it. This would bring us to our $60,000 goal ~ This is an ideal time to reach out to your circles of influence for support of our historic build!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
On Thursday, Austin City Council proclaimed November 1 'Habitat Pride Build Day' here in Austin. Brought forth by council member Jennifer Kim, this was a wonderful honor - one that truly befits the community-building spirit we sought to capture with this project. See pictures of the proclamation and the presentation below (click on the proclamation and it will expand for easier reading). I hope to have a link with video footage soon.
Onward, Saturday's eighth build day went very well. The interior of Marta's house is really beginning to take shape, and the Habitat folks inform us that tile should be laid this week. This was a potluck lunch week - thank you to Beth Krueger and Bettie Naylor for helping provide a great lunch. At lunch all volunteers gathered to hear Bettie read the Proclamation from city council.
Here's the progress:
- Hung all doors, and door trim installed
- Installed cleats for shelves in pantry
- Primed the walls
- Primed the interior trim
- Assembled cabinets
- Readied floors for tiles
- Sheetrocked hot water heater closet
- Caulked battens
- Touched up exterior paint
That's all for now - and don't forget to spread the word about the 100 CLUB!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Week 7 saw three full build days, thanks to the wonderful volunteer crew from 3M on Wednesday and the second build day for the DELL group on Friday. By the time Saturday rolled around, enough work had been done to enable the sheet rock process to begin ~ one which, to my surprise, drew much anticipation and excitement (a direct quote from one volunteer: "Tell me when the drywall goes up, and I'm there.") I'm told this will continue through this next Saturday, so for you junkies out there, this may be your last chance (this year.)
A gracious thanks go out to the folks at Las Manitas for providing lunch!
I wasn't able to join the build on Saturday, so thank you to Jillian from Americorps and project lead Lauren for providing updates and photos. Here's the report on progress:
- We continued caulking and painting on both the house and shed
- Started sheet rocking of ceilings and walls (we didn’t finish but this was the majority of the days work)
- We worked on some of the house trim
- Finished soffit over the porch
- Replaced some kitchen and bath blocking
- During the week they finished battens, installed porch soffit (the roof of the porch which includes battens), soffit on the back of the house, anchor bolts on base plates, installed 2 more porch posts.
We are making great progress on the 100 Club ~ but as we push to our $60,000 goal we encourage you to continue to spread the word to your circles. 100 donors and we're finished!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Special thanks to the folks at the Transgender Association of Central Texas (TACT) for bringing out 7 volunteers to join in the build process, and to Rifka Reichler for organizing the crew. Our thoughts and energies are with our elected leaders this week as they prepare their vote on ENDA and the Baldwin Amendment ~ may they have the strength to recognize the values and protections of all citizens under just law.
Off the soapbox and back to the build, here's a list of the day's accomplishments:
- Marta's shed. A committed group, led in part by Pride Build co-chair David Smith, put up the shed in record time.
- Blocking for insulation
- Nail Plates
- Finished Battens
- Siding on the front porch
- More soffit
- J channels
- Insulated pipes in the ceilings and exterior walls
- Sheet rock in the hot water heater room
The volunteers we also treated to an amazing lunch, cooked by 5-day build regular Brian Sharp. Brian started cooking mid-week, and brought a full spread of Indian food to feed all 30 on site. The food was fantastic - the effort, though, even more impressive. Thank you Brian for making 6906 Villita Cove your home for all these weeks!
And finally, a quick tribute to our project leads. Every week, 4 volunteer leaders guide us through the process of building a home for Marta. More than just their skills, these leads have truly set the tone for the Pride Build, and it has been inspiring to work alongside them through this experience. Thank you Deanna, Lauren, Leslee and Robin - we'll get a group photo one of these days.
As always, Don't forget to spread the word about the 100 club.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thanks to the vast experience of project lead Lauren Nichols (one of our 4 extraordinary leads), you no longer have to suffer through my attempts at home building speak. I can now offer accurate terminology for Day 5's accomplishments.
Among the day's feats:
- Finishing panel siding and lap siding
- Putting up the J-channel
- Installing the Soffit
- FInalizing the window and door trim
It was especially exciting to have Marta on the site working with us all day! Marta was able to arrange for her Saturdays to be free for the remainder of the build, and we're honored to have her join us.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Congratulations to everyone on being named to the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2007 list! Click Here to read the details.
In the meantime, the wonderful folks from Austin Roofing & Siding, led by David Rehberg, came out this week to install the standing seam metal roof for Marta's home. Below are a few pictures of the process.
We still have space for volunteers tomorrow, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
We had our biggest volunteer turnout yet - 23 people came throughout the day to join the build leaders and a few of us regulars to get their hands dirty. I've been told that we're not only on track, we're ahead of schedule.
Special thanks to our spirited volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church, and to Brandon Wollerson for organizing the group! This next Saturday, Oct. 13, will be our comprehensive Faith Build day. Don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com if you are interested in participating!
On the fundraising front, look for news soon of our new giving group, the 100 club. We have just over $10,000 left to raise to complete the Pride Build's $60,000 goal, and on behalf of Bettie Naylor and our Pride Build leaders we want to challenge our community and friends to raise $100 from at least 100 people. We're working on some fun ways to get out the word ~ stay tuned.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
All of the synthetic underlay went up on the roof in one day - by the end of which 8 people were perched atop the roof finishing the work. The same was true for the siding underlay - sheathing the entire house in black by the end of day. A separate team worked on the doors and windows, completing the process of sealing the house from the elements.
And what good timing! After the build shut down around 3:30 PM, as many longhorn fans soon knew, the skies opened and poured down upon the house. This was the first rain in many weeks here in Austin, and what perfect timing to elucidate the efficacy and strength of our Pride Build team. Nice work, everyone!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
We also had some regulars show up - this Pride Build can be addictive (it is for this blogger), and we thank everyone for giving up a Saturday to sweat it out in the sun. By the end of today's build, the majority of the OSB made it up on the roof, as did the majority of the house wrap (along with a good number of windows!). We're marching along nicely. See the pictures below.
We have 8 more Saturdays to build, and many more volunteer slots to fill, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out! The Habitat staff informed me that we still have $12,000 to raise to finish the house. If each of us put in a donation that is significant to us, we could easily achieve our goal. Click here to make a secure online donation. Onward!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
More to come shortly...if you'd like to see more pictures of the day's work, click here to view the photo page on the Austin Habitat for Humanity site.