habitat for humanity

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Lumber from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was delivered to Newburgh Thursday and will be used in constructing a Habitat for Humanity house. It turns out the tree not only ended up in the Hudson Valley, but began there as well.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Our region is marking the Martin Luther King Day holiday today. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh held its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers worked on gutting houses while kids were building birdhouses.

Some 65 volunteers with Habitat Newburgh worked on four houses on South Miller Street, part of the city’s historic district. They braved blustery conditions and a temperature of just 25 degrees. Celeste Bloomer is a house captain who has been volunteering with Habitat for about 16 years.

  The Tour de Habitat is making a comeback this year after a few years off. The cycling event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Capital District and is set for September 26 in Albany.

There are four different routes in lengths of 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles - making their way through both Albany and Rensselaer counties. All routes start and end at Druthers Brewing on Broadway in north Albany.

Tour organizer, George DePiro, joins us as does Christine Hmiel-Schudde, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Capital District and Jeff Clark - Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties to tell us about the importance of Habitat for Humanity.

George Massey/Habitat for Humanity of Northwest CT

A Habitat for Humanity home in northwest Connecticut is undergoing some groundbreaking and ground-warming.

  "Real Real" - Meshell Ndegeocello featuring Toshi Reagon

Meshell Ndegeocello will perform at Home Bass: 4 Strings 4 Hearts for Habitat at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY on 1/27 at 7pm.

  Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat is a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity taking place this Sunday at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY.

The concert will be hosted by Melissa Auf der Maur and will feature with multi-Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson from The Replacements and Guns ‘N’ Roses, and cellist Melora Creager from Rasputina.

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has been serving families in Berkshire County for 20 years. In addition to their new-home construction and rehab housing, they also are a launch affiliate for Habitat’s International Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

The band BeauSoleil is playing a benefit show for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on September 18th.

We are joined by Executive Director, Carolyn Valli.