Thursday, October 29, 2020

A Time to Build

 App Builds a Home Breaks Ground

Future homeowner and App State employee Sheila Potter, Watauga Habitat for Humanity, and students from App State University had a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sheila.  This is the 2nd App Builds a Home Project.  Students and staff are committed to raising $40,000 and donate hundreds of hours volunteer time to help build the Potter home.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Watauga Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo team-up in Boone, NC and across the country to help build affordable housing


Boone, NC- October 1st, 2020 – Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Watauga Habitat for Humanity with a $15,000 grant to build an affordable home in the Meat Camp Community. The funding is part of an $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States.  The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025. 

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Wells Fargo to strengthen our Watauga Habitat eco-friendly neighborhood,” said Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat’s director of development.  “Wells Fargo understands safe and affordable housing transforms families and communities for generations to come. Now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call home,” said Jennings. 

Wells Fargo Builds provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds. 

The grant will support the construction of a home for App State employee, Sheila Potter.  This newly constructed home is the second App Builds a Home project.  Students and staff from Appalachian State have committed to fundraising and building this home.  “App State students are thrilled to have a jump-start on fundraising thanks to Wells Fargo Builds support,” said Jennings.  To learn more about App Builds a Home visit

Join Watauga Habitat for Humanity in celebrating World Habitat Day


Thirty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.  On October 5th, 2020, Watauga Habitat for Humanity joins with our partners locally and around the world to rededicate ourselves to recognizing the basic right to adequate shelter.  Watauga Habitat for Humanity asks that we all come together as one communicating that: 

• Every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

• A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, health and success that might have been part of a family’s life for years and in many cases for generations.

• It is unacceptable that even before the COVID-19 crisis, more than 18 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on housing. Now, as the significant economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the number of families struggling to make ends meet is only growing. 

Habitat for Humanity International is working to improve home affordability for 10 million people through a five-year U.S. advocacy campaign called Cost of Home. The campaign, which launched in June 2019, provides the opportunity to mobilize corporate and faith partners, volunteers and community members to meet the nation’s home affordability challenge. Donate your voice and invite your network to advocate for policies that increase the supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increase access to credit, optimize land use for affordable homes, and develop homes and ensure access to and the development of communities of opportunity. 

Given that World Habitat Day falls one month before the 2020 elections, we encourage everyone to use this time to call on candidates and voters to prioritize home affordability this Nov. 3. To learn more visit, .


Friday, September 25, 2020

Watauga Habitat "ReStore Rick" Retiring


After more than 14 years of service, former ReStore manager, Rick Melo is hanging up his hat and hammer and retiring.  Rick is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and will be moving to the Asheville area.

“To say he will be missed is an understatement,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “Rick’s hard work and devotion to the ReStore has helped our affiliate fund and build 14 affordable houses in our community.  Rick has transformed families for generations to come,” said Jennings.

In 2006, Rick began volunteering at the original ReStore on George Wilson Road. Two years later he accepted the role of store manager.  Rick helped moved the store to different locations and the ReStore is now a thriving non-profit home improvement and donation center located at 1200 Archie Carrol Road in Boone.

For customers who would like to wish Rick a safe and happy retirement, stop by the ReStore through Friday October 2nd.  Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-5pm.  Friday October 2nd the ReStore will be offering “Retirement Rick” discounts.

“On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Watauga Habitat for Humanity, we are thankful for Rick Melo’s dedication and time-served,” said Gardner Hoover, ReStore Manager. “From the bottom of our hearts, we’re going to miss you. It was great working with you-your hard work and dedication truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed Watauga County Habitat and the ReStore for the better in so many ways. Congratulations on your retirement! Here’s to watching your grandkids and not the bottom line!” said Hoover.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Visit Mast General Store and "Round-Up For a Cause"


During the month of September, Mast General Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis are asking guests to "round up for a cause" to support Watauga Habitat for Humanity and their efforts to help hard-working neighbors build and buy homes. Habitat has been working in our community for more than 30 years helping people purchase affordable homes. When shopping at Mast General Store in Boone and Valle Crucis, we hope you'll round up your purchases to the next dollar - spare nickels, dimes, and quarters add up to a big impact. Through shelter, we empower.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Community Partners Help Us Build Safe and Affordable Housing


Watauga Habitat for Humanity is super-thankful for partnering with Bank of America during these struggling times.  #BofAGrants has awarded our organization $5K to help build a home for a hard-working mom and grandmother.  Bank of America understands that now, more than ever, families need a safe place to call home.  Through shelter, we empower. 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Announcing Our Two Newest Projects

Follow along as we partner with two new families and help them BUILD and BUY their own homes.  Read all about our 2020-2021 partnerships in the news!  Now, more than ever, families need a safe place to call home!

Watauga Democrat 

High Country Press

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cars for Homes

Did you know you can support safe and affordable housing AND make every day Earth Day?

If you have an older car, truck, van, trailer, RV or boat that you no longer need, consider donating it to support affordable housing in the Watauga County area. Car donations to Watauga County Habitat for Humanity support the local and global mission of providing safe and affordable housing and save you the time and energy of finding a buyer. By donating a car to our vehicle donation program, you can help volunteers in our area build houses in partnership with families in need of a hand up, not a hand out.
It is quick and easy to donate a vehicle whether it runs or not! Plus, you may be eligible for a tax deduction (consult your tax advisor or the IRS for details).
To donate a car, truck, boat or RV to Habitat’s official car donation program, call 877-277-4344 toll free or start the process here. It’s a convenient way to support us locally and create more space in your driveway!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Thanks, Kristina, for welcoming us into your home!

Check out this great video!

Thanks Flightless Bird Photography for creating this awesome video of Kristina's home!  We are sorry that COVID-19 has kept us from gathering and celebrating together but we all know that COVID-19 can't stop great things from still happening.  Your Habitat home is beautiful, Kristina.  Congratulations on becoming a homeowner.  Thank you for sharing this "sneak peak" with us!  We offer you many virtual blessings.

A Time to Build

 App Builds a Home Breaks Ground Check out this great story in our local online newspaper High Country Press.   Future homeowner and App Sta...