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  • Our New Strategic Plan + Hiring Chief Operating Officer

    Our New Strategic Plan + Hiring Chief Operating Officer

    This year Habitat launched a bold 2017-2021 strategic plan that outlines our goals for tripling the number of people we serve in order to address the growing housing crisis in the Portland metro region. Habitat’s work is more vital in our community than ever before. To meet our city’s new demands, we must work in […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Johnson

    Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Johnson

    The foundation for lot twelve, Women Build’s thirteenth full home sponsorship, was newly dry when Leslie Johnson arrived ready to work. A Habitat volunteer for the past year, Leslie has framed walls, built stairs and hauled “hundreds” of wheelbarrows full of dirt and gravel—all with a friendly smile. When the opportunity arose to volunteer as […]
  • New Gresham ReStore Opening Soon

    New Gresham ReStore Opening Soon

    The newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore is opening very soon in Gresham. Habitat’s fourth store in the Portland Metro region will be the largest in the Northwest with 27,650 square feet of space to sell new and used furniture and building supplies. “We are trying to support the community. It’s not about making money, it’s about […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Thomas

    Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Thomas

    Jeanette Thomas has seen firsthand the incredible need there is for decent, affordable housing in Portland. A financial supporter of Habitat since moving to Portland in 1997, she recently decided to give in a different way: as a volunteer. “I volunteer because I believe that I need to give back to my community and because […]
  • How to triple your impact through Employee Matching Gift Programs

    How to triple your impact through Employee Matching Gift Programs

    What are corporate matching gift programs? Have you made a donation to Habitat in the last twelve months? You may be able to double or triple the impact of your donation if your company has a corporate matching gift program! Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Garry Schuman

    Volunteer Spotlight: Garry Schuman

    After volunteering weekly for over a year, this past January dedicated regular Garry Schuman opted for a new kind of Habitat experience. Leaving Portland’s gray skies behind, Garry joined Habitat staff, board members, friends and spouses on his first Global Village volunteer trip to our sister affiliate in sunny Guaymango, El Salvador. Over the course […]
  • Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home

    Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home

    Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home Story by Kathy Oxborrow Cuban native, Mislaydi Garcia-Ollet, loves the connection she and her family share with her fellow Habitat homeowners in her neighborhood. Mislaydi lived in the same house in Cuba until the age of 12 when her family moved to the U.S. That […]
  • Bank of America Helps Habitat Build Better

    Bank of America Helps Habitat Build Better

    For over two decades, Bank of America has consistently been one of Habitat for Humanity’s biggest supporters. They have generously sponsored numerous homes for hardworking families in the Portland Metro area and continue to support Habitat’s mission of building decent, affordable houses for low-income residents. This year, Bank of America is sponsoring a home for […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Joni Portmann

    Volunteer Spotlight: Joni Portmann

    Joni Portmann is no stranger to paying it forward. After a fire raged through her family’s coastal dairy farm as a child, neighbors gathered every day to help them rebuild—even after working full days on their own farms. A year ago and on the brink of retirement from her 36-year-long career as a dental hygienist, […]
  • Portland Habitat Builds Homes in El Salvador

    Portland Habitat Builds Homes in El Salvador

    As a part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, Habitat staff, board members, and friends joined together for an unforgettable trip to El Salvador to build homes with local homeowners. Led by Construction Supervisor Rob Cunningham, the group spent two weeks in Guaymango, El Salvador building the foundation of a home with future homeowners […]

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