All proceeds from Strawberry Festival benefit the building efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. (Habitat). Come join us to celebrate 27 years of family fun as we raise funds to build houses with God’s people in need of simple, decent, affordable housing through our Strawberry Festival.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 – The Open Car & Bike Show is for car lovers of all ages, and will feature Classic, Hot Rod, Antique, and Custom cars and tricked out Motorcycles. We have spaces for 250+ vehicles, so please come to show off your car or bike, and enjoy the festivities! Please see and download the Open Car & Bike Show Application and Release Agreement here. Be sure to return it by March 6, 2015 to take advantage of the $15.00 early application fee!
Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 – You are cordially invited to participate as one of the 200 vendors in our Arts, Crafts & Merchant Show. This year we will have two areas available to artists, crafters and merchants. One area will be for 100% handmade arts and crafts only. The second area will be our Merchant Marketplace with items that are NOT made by hand by the seller. If you have a combination of both categories, you will be included in the Merchant Marketplace. You are responsible for providing all your equipment and materials for your area. Your registration fee of $199.00 provides you with a 12’ by 12’ grass space. Electricity is provided for an extra $49.00 fee at a limited number of spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see and download the Arts & Crafts Show Application, Release Agreement and Official Rules here
Sunday, March 15, 2015 – You know you love to RUN! So come on out for the Raise the Roof 5K Sunday morning during the Strawberry Festival. A tasty pancake breakfast and a free t-shirt will be available for the first 250 registrants, too! This is an event for all runners and walkers. So, if you are a serious athelete, a weekender, a stroller, or a just want to join in and have fun for a great cause then register early to take advantage of the discounted entrance fee. The Raise the Roof 5K is directed by our local friends at Running Zone and includes awards to the top three Overall Males and Females, top three Masters (40+) Males and Females, and top three age-group Males and Females. Please see and download the Raise the Roof 5K Application and Release Agreement here.
For the past 27 years, Habitat has drawn over 40,000 vendors and participants from all over Central Florida. The Strawberry Festival is the spring signature event for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. Thank you for your consideration. Together, we can build homes with families in need and make dreams come true!
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. will host its first ever, “Best of the Best” ReStore auction on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the 27th Annual Strawberry Festival held in beautiful Wickham Park, Melbourne. The ReStore plays a critical role in Habitat’s mission to provide simple, decent, affordable housing through the sale of new and gently-used furniture, appliances and building supplies to the general public. The proceeds raised from the sale of items go directly back in to the local community for providing much-needed support to qualified and deserving families waiting for a home of their own. YOU can help make our first year an incredible success by donating new or gently-used furniture, antiques, home décor, appliances or art that will appeal to a broad group of bidders.
Each year 1,000s of volunteers help to make the Strawberry Festival a success. We need you, too. Please consider volunteering, vending, or attending this year and let’s make it the best one ever!
At Habitat, we are honored with work done by special people and special groups. Each month we take the time to honor those people who have given their time to help us build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The January 2015 volunteer(s) of the month are “The Cocoa Boys.” “While we were working at our various jobs we were not able to volunteer in the community as much as we would have liked. So once we retired, we made it a point to give back to the community as much we could,” said Mick Karolick, who worked as an electrical engineer with Harris before retiring.
“We met while volunteering on the Florida Trail and started looking for places we could use our skills to improve the community. We found our backgrounds were a good fit for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County,” added Dale Weddle, who retired from working with the Department of Defense.
“It is great to have them out here each week helping us build homes for families. They use their knowledge to help other volunteers learn to build, they use their expertise to help us keep builds on schedule and they are just a lot of fun to be around. Without volunteers like them we would not be able to do what we do to help families get into decent, affordable homes,” stated Joe Moran, director of construction for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.]]>
Volunteers and the work they commit their time to doing is one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects to making sure everyone has a decent place to live. Three ladies who have consistently done that every Wednesday for more than 6 years are Verdell “Del” Shackleford, Cornelia Williams and Willie Hill.
“When these three ladies are at the office our usually quiet hallways are filled with laughter and lively conversation. Which sometimes makes you forget how much work they are getting done as “Office Angel” data entry volunteers,” added Mollie Krell, Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
Del began volunteering for Habitat 13 years ago. “I worked in housing and urban development for the city of Melbourne and Kim Gabriel asked me to volunteer for Habitat. I told her I would do that when I retired so I did. It was perfect for me to use my experience to help put families into homes” she added.
Cornelia began volunteering for Habitat 11 years ago. “When I retired I was just sitting at home and Winnie Austin told me to come over to Habitat to volunteer my time. She was like a mother to me so I did what she said and I have been her ever since!”
Willie is the newbie of the group having started volunteering for Habitat in 2008. “My husband and I retired from Virginia to Melbourne. My banker, Charlotte Hutchinson told me about Habitat and how I could volunteer there. I started out on a different day but now I am here every Wednesday.”
The ladies also added that they loved being a part of visiting the families who join the program. “We also get to help do the family visit as a new family enters the program,” Willie added. “It is nice to see them start and later learn how they work to get their home.”
“I love to see how this organization has grown over the years that I have been volunteering here. It started out many years ago off John Roades to this beautiful new building (at 4515 Babcock St NE in Palm Bay)” said Del.
“The work that these three ladies do every week is so important and allows us to track our volunteer hours, which in turn provides the information we need to apply for grants to build more houses,” Mollie added. “But more important, is the joy they bring to the staff and other volunteers who get to see their smiling faces each and every Wednesday!”
“I believe God opened this door at this time in my life. It was simply up to me to step across the threshold. With His guidance and the Habitat team, I look forward to serving the mission of action and vision of decent, affordable homes for deserving Brevard families,” Brewer stated.
“J. Brewer brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and heart to Habitat. I am delighted that he has joined us as Director of Development and look forward to working with him in our mission toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” said Diane Koenig, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.]]>
Colin Anderson started out working with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County when he and his mother were still in transitional housing with Community of Hope. His mother Wendy wanted to be able to provide a stable environment for her son. “I was not old enough to work on the build sites when we entered the program so I volunteered my time in the ReStore. The other volunteers make it enjoyable, we have fun working together and the Habitat staff are great people to be around” he added.
In this past year alone, Colin has put in over 250 hours volunteering at the ReStore, Gala, and Strawberry Festival. Not to mention he is a full time student at Palm Bay High taking AP honors courses and running Cross Country in his spare time. “Colin is a talented young man who lifts up the spirits of any one who is lucky enough to spend any time with him. He helps out in so many ways and inspires everyone he meets,” said Andrew Schirmacher, Community Engagement Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
“He not only volunteers his time but he has contributed his talents too!” he added. Colin took a tool box that would have been thrown out and converted it into any mechanics dream tool box. He banged out the dents in the tool box, repainted it, added a radio, with amplifier and speakers to it. This item was one of the big earners to help support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
When asked why he continues to volunteer for Habitat, Colin added, “Because I like to do it and love to give back to the community!” Next time you stop by the ReStore on a weekend take a moment to meet our volunteer of the month.]]>
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. and Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge have teamed up to make a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To help accomplish this mission Sublime is donating 20% of their sales for every customer who presents the coupon to their server on November 11th to help make this possible.
“Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge strives to bring positive change in our community by hosting and being involved in various types of programs and community outreach efforts,” said Lauren Kecskes, director of Marketing for Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge.
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The “Art” of Salvaging Building Materials before Demolition
Deconstruction is the hand demolition of buildings in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. This technique reduces the disposal of materials into the landfill, and provides materials for renovation and other small-scale construction projects.
How the ReStore Deconstruction process works:
The Habitat ReStore carries insurance that covers employees and volunteers on the deconstruction site. A certificate of insurance is available to the property owner upon request.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2003, the United States produced an estimated 136 million tons of building related construction and demolition debris. The EPA estimated that only 20 to 30 percent of the debris was recovered for reuse or recycling.
Although the construction and demolition industry has made great strides in the recovery of construction and demolition debris, the demolition of building materials consumes much of our limited landfill space.
Developers and construction companies, up until now, have been offered little choice when it comes to removing buildings.
This is why the ReStore Deconstruction program exists!
Diverting C&D materials from landfills is important because it saves natural resources, decreases greenhouse gas emissions, reduces the need for landfill space, and saves money.]]>
On June 14th, Terry Tesdall was named the 2014 Titusville Community Service Award recipient. A retiree form McDonald Douglas, Terry lends his time and talents to a wide array of different organizations in the Titusville area, including Hospice of St. Francis, BETA, Liberty Lodge, the Children’s Center, Special Olympics, and Joe’s Club through his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, for which he has been a member for 30 years and a Grand Knight for two of those years.
As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Terry has assisted with building of 38 new homes for families in need. He is also on the Steering Committee for the North Brevard Men’s Prayer Breakfast, a member of the Brevard Woodworkers Club and Director of the Laurel Run at Meadow Ridge Homeowners Association.
“Terry has helped work on houses and is a vital part of our electrical team in the north end of the county. He has dedicated many hours to help put families in homes in Brevard County,” said Bruce Challender, site supervisor for Habitat.
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