Thursday, April 9, 2020

Home is the Key

Our Vision is to Create a Community Where Everyone Has a Safe Place to Call Home

Please consider supporting the Kahuna Campaign and help us continue to build safe and decent housing for our neighbors

This year sixteen affordable housing advocates have joined together to create teams to make the 2020 Kahuna Campaign just as successful as year’s past. The winning team will be announced on Wednesday, June 10th! Social distancing, due to COVID-19, has created a challenge but our Kahunas are still “ready to rumble” as the 2020 Kahuna Campaign goes VIRTUAL.
I think you will all agree that now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call home. Families need affordable housing so that they can afford to put food on the table, pay their medical bills and pay for their children's education.
We cannot let COVID-19 stop this important Spring Fundraising Campaign! Support a Kahuna and support safe housing at the same time!
100% of your donation goes directly to Watauga Habitat for Humanity.
With your generous donation, we can help make sure more families in our community have a safe place to call home.


Wonder Women in Leadership- Ella Jennings, Haley Perry, Jennifer Greene, Yolanda Robertson

Three Kahunas and a Guy- Jenny Miller, Jane Meyers, Susan Devine and John Dean

Thursday, April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020-COVID-19 update

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to affect our community, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is evaluating the progress daily and creating a contingency plan to adapt our operations as necessary. In the interest of public health, it is our goal to follow all recommendations to the best of our ability.
  • Watauga Habitat will do our best to adhere to any recommendations provided by the local government and the CDC.
  • Our administrative office is now closed to the public, and our staff is working remotely. Please email to get in touch – we’ll be here for you in whatever way we can.
  • All in-person volunteer opportunities have been cancelled for the time being.
  • Our ReStore will remain closed, and we are currently not doing donation pick-ups.
  • We will be making daily evaluations about whether any of our operational contingency plans need to be changed and/or implemented. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ramey at

We must also acknowledge that, while the economic repercussions of this unprecedented event are still unknown, public health crises like these have an outsized effect on our most vulnerable populations. We serve families who work in retail, food service, medicine and more. Our homeowners may be adversely affected, and we will work to support them in whatever ways we can.

This is an uncertain time for everyone and we are continually thankful for your support and patience as we face this new challenge together as a community.

In partnership
Alex Hooker, Executive Director

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Update Watauga Habitat-COVID-19

Habitat Happenings-March 13th, 2020
Dear Habitat for Humanity supporter,

We are writing to you today to provide an update about the measures Watauga Habitat for Humanity is taking to protect our staff, volunteers and the people we serve during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

These measures are based on guidance from Habitat for Humanity International and local, state and national public health authorities. We are continually monitoring the situation, and our approach may change as new guidance is provided. 

As a precautionary measure, we canceled the Fickling Home Dedication scheduled for Saturday, March 14th.  We are continuing work at our build site and our Watauga Habitat ReStore remains open. 

While we continue to move forward, we do ask that if you feel unwell or have traveled recently to one of the areas designated by the CDC as level 3 or on a cruise ship, you refrain from joining a Habitat event or build or visiting a Habitat ReStore or office. Similarly, if a member of your household has potentially been exposed to the virus through travel or other means, seek medical guidance and refrain from participating in any Habitat-related events, including volunteering or shopping in our ReStore. 

We realize your health is your top priority. Should you decide not to volunteer as previously planned, please let us know so that we can adjust our plans accordingly. 
Please know that we are constantly monitoring the situation and will update our plans as new details emerge. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this public health crisis together.

In partnership, 

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity
Impact on Homeowners
The health and well-being of our community is the most important factor in making these decisions. We also know that a lack of funding could lead to a delay in moving our homebuyers out of substandard conditions and into safe, stable housing. Your financial support is especially appreciated during this time of uncertainty as we work to continue serving our homebuyers, many of whom are especially vulnerable to the impacts of this crisis.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Lowe's Women Build

Watauga Habitat for Humanity Celebrates International Women's Day on March 7th with a Women Build 

Habitat for Humanity International, Lowe’s and approximately 6,000 women volunteers will unite in more than 235 communities in the United States, India and Canada for International Women Build Week from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A prelude to International Women’s Day, the global event aims to build and repair nearly 540 homes while raising awareness of housing issues facing women and their families. Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will celebrate Women Build on Saturday, March 7th, building two of the 540 homes worldwide.

Watauga Habitat and Lowe’s are providing the tools for women to empower and educate themselves on skills used when repairing and restoring homes. By using the hashtag #BuildHer to share inspirational stories, experiences and ways to positively impact communities, Habitat International and Lowe’s are uniting women for a central goal of encouraging and building each other up.

Locally, Watauga Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers for Lowe's Home Improvement, Mast General Store and others as we come together on Saturday, March 7th, 9am until 3pm.  “We are currently completing two homes in our Habitat GreenWood neighborhood,” said Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat’s director of development.  “We are thankful for the many volunteers who have signed up help paint, landscape and provide lunch and snacks. Since 1987, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity has been uniting women volunteers of all experience levels in our community to build or repair homes alongside our hardworking, empowered Women Habitat homeowners,” said Jennings.

The Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003; since then, the company has committed more than $71.1 million to support the nonprofit, impacting the lives of Habitat homeowners worldwide. Lowe's support of Habitat’s Women Build has helped build, renovate or repair more than 5,325 homes with the support of more than 138,000 women volunteers.

Lowe’s has supported the communities where its associates live and work for more than 70 years.  As a FORTUNE®50 home improvement company, Lowe’s is committed to creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts through nonprofit partnerships.  Across every community we serve, Lowe’s associates donate their time and expertise through the Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program.  For the latest news, visit or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Watauga Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier and more financially stable life by providing homebuyers with a decent and affordable place to call home.  Homebuyers partner with Habitat, helping build their own homes alongside volunteers. Habitat offers zero interest mortgages to the home owners. All Habitat homeowners build and buy their house. Watauga Habitat for Humanity needs your financial support, your voice and your time.  For more information, to donate, or volunteer go to or call 828-268-9545.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Who Wants to be THE BIG KAHUNA?

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Recruiting Teams for 2020 Big Kahuna Campaign

Boone (January 10, 2020)  Do your friends or place of business have what it takes to be crowned “The Big Kahuna”? Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is currently recruiting teams for their 2020 Annual Big Kahuna Campaign.  A Kahuna Team is a group of four community- minded people who volunteer to help raise money for Watauga Habitat’s affordable housing program.  Teams solicit their network of personal and business contacts to donate to Watauga Habitat in their name. 
“This will be our 6th Kahuna Campaign,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development at Watauga Habitat for Humanity.  “In the past, participants have been local, individual ‘movers and shakers’.   This year we are changing things up a bit and recruiting teams instead of individuals.”
This friendly competition kicks off March 2nd, 2020.  At the conclusion of the contest, the results will be announced at a fun social event known as the “Don Ho-Down” on May 15th at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.   At this event, the Kahuna Team raising the most money will be crowned the “BIG KAHUNA”.
Participation is limited and Watauga Habitat is currently looking for teams of four individuals.  “Over the coming weeks, letters will be sent and phone calls will be made to community leaders in an effort to recruit the best Kahuna teams,” said Jennings.  “Look for some former Kahuna contestants teaming up to ‘win the crown’ and new faces that will energize this highly-competitive contest.” The Kahuna campaign will be limited to five teams and a maximum of four participants on each team.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning 2020 Kahuna Team will be featured for one year on Watauga Habitat’s website, a dedicated article in Habitat’s printed annual report and much more.
Ideas for participating teams include organizing and hosting an event during the competition period—for example, hosting a cocktail party for friends, or donating a percent of proceeds from your business.  If a birthday or anniversary falls in that time-period, you can ask friends or family to donate to your campaign.  The ideas are limitless, and the Watauga Habitat staff and Board of Directors will be behind your team all the way, coaching and promoting you all the way!
Since 2015, Watauga Habitat for Humanity’s Kahuna Campaign has collectively raised over $200,000.   Past winners include Linda K. Robinson of Premier Sotheby’s Real Estate, Justin Davis of Town Tavern Blowing Rock, Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer, Crystal Smith of Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Ginny Morgan Walker of Mountain Times Publications.
Those interested in joining the 2020 Watauga Habitat’s Kahuna Campaign should contact Director of Development, Allison Jennings at 828-268-9545 ext. 104 or  To learn more about Watauga Habitat visit

2018 Top 3 Kahunas- Crystal Smith, Patti Turner and Ella Jennings

Monday, December 30, 2019


We Made Our Goal!  THANKS to Everyone Who Supported this Campaign!

Curt and Linda Gillespie of Blowing Rock and Naples, Fla., were inspired by the hard work at the Habitat Road Trip Crazies Blitz Build ,which took place in September, in affiliation with Watauga Habitat and the student-led organization App Builds a Home, of Appalachian State University.
In January 2019, App Builds a Home pledged to raise $60,000, half of the cost of the Watauga Habitat for Humanity home, in addition to designing and building it. The student organization partnered with other groups on campus to host fundraisers to benefit its goal.
Once App Builds a Home raised $40,000, the Gillespies saw the dedication from the students and committed to matching the final $20,000 needed to reach the App Builds a Home goal.  
Students worked hard to reach the final $20,000  in order to receive the full match!  AND THEY DID IT!!
The Gillespies’ matching gift will bring the total raised by App Builds a Home to over $80,000! The Barker family is expected to move into the new home this winter.

Friday, December 20, 2019

High Country Association of Realtors Donates $1000 to Watauga Habitat

HCAR is the "Real Deal" and Continues to Create Happy Homeowners!

The High Country Association of Realtors (HCAR) recently presented Watauga County Habitat for Humanity a check for $1000.  This donation will support the App Builds a Home project being built in Watauga Habitat’s eco-friendly GreenWood neighborhood.  App Builds a Home is a student-led, campus-wide partnership building a Habitat home for a local family.  The students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University have come together to design, fund, and build the home. 
“The High Country Association of Realtors is not only committed to helping people become homeowners, but is also investing in affordable homeownership opportunities for our Habitat families,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development at Watauga Habitat. “By supporting us, they are helping families build and buy their own home and achieve the American Dream of owning a home,” said Jennings. The donation from HCAR will be matched by Curt and Linda Gillespie of Blowing Rock, NC and Naples, Florida.
The High Country Association of Realtors unites real estate professionals in the community for the benefit of realtors and their clients.  The Association is dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in the industry and is dedicated to maintaining a high level of ethical business practices.  To learn more, visit

Monday, December 16, 2019

Publix Super Market Charities donates $5K to Watauga Habitat

Thank you Publix!  We are thrilled to be one of 121 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the southeast receiving your generous support!

Click here to read more about Publix Super Market Charities' impact on affordable housing! They will donate $2.5 Million to support housing initiatives across the Southeast! Over the past five years, they have given more than $22.5 million!  Wow!  Thank you!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

We Need Volunteers to Paint the Inside of the Fickling Home

Watauga Habitat for Humanity NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The walls are up in the newest Habitat for Humanity home and we really need your help! .  Don't worry about the weather because you will be inside working side-by-side with other volunteers and the homeowner.  We need lots of skilled and unskilled helpers to paint walls and begin flooring. We work on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am until 4pm.  We can adjust our schedule to accommodate groups.
With your help, the Ficklings can move into home this winter!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Ramey -828-268-9545 or

 Could you give us a call or send an email to help out?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

We are Looking for Future Homeowners!


Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications for their affordable housing program until November 15th, 2019. Eligibility criteria for a Habitat home include a housing need, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage and a willingness to partner with Habitat.  Homeowners assist in building their own home and the homes of others and attend educational workshops on topics such as financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be successful homeowners.
Those interested in learning more about Habitat’s affordable housing program can call Jennifer Ramey at 828-268-9545 or email  Applications for a new Habitat home are located on their website and can be picked up at Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s office located at 1200 Archie Carroll Road in Boone.
Watauga Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing and make decent, affordable housing an option for all families.  We do this locally and worldwide through construction, rehabilitation and preservation of homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Watauga County Habitat for Humanity builds houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background.

Home is the Key

Our Vision is to Create a Community Where Everyone Has a Safe Place to Call Home Please consider supporting the Kahuna Campaign and h...