Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Big Kahuna Results

Thanks to everyone who made this another successful year!


 We set a goal to raise $35,500.  Wednesday, May 15th at 3pm we hit $24,000.  We didn't know if we were going to make it!  But our 2019 Kahunas worked hard in the final hours and, in a surprise ending, Ginny Morgan Walker was crowned THE BIG KAHUNA.  Overall, the campaign raised over  $39,200!  Thanks to ALL of our 2019 Kahunas. 
Here is the final Top 5 Leaderboard:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blessing of the Build-ICYMI

In case you missed it, last month future homeowner Kristina and her children gathered at the home Watauga Habitat is helping her build! 

Kristina will build and buy this home.



Pastor Tamara Franks of High Country United Church of Christ officiated the Blessing of the Build and offered prayers,.."Strengthen our efforts to build adequate and affordable homes and to bring hope to all who see this work.  Bless those who have worked or contributed to provide for this site, which today we set apart for the building of a new Habitat home.  May this be a place where your Holy presence dwells,"..


Watauga Habitat Board members and staff were present along with Habitat Kahuna participant Wayne Randall and his wife Suzanne.
F.A.R.M. Cafe' shared some tasty treats from their F.A.R.M. Full Circle Program.




This was a great community gathering and Watauga Habitat continues to live out our mission by putting God's love into action, bringing people together to build homes, community and hope.

If you wish to be a part of our mission, please consider volunteering on our build site or providing meals for volunteers.

Friday, March 1, 2019

ITS KAHUNA TIME!!!







Its March 1st, so we are kicking-off our 5th annual Big Kahuna Campaign.  Twelve community "movers and shakers" are competing to see who can raise the most money for the next 10 weeks. The winner will be crowned the Big Kahuna at the Don Ho-Down on May 15th at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.  Follow our blog to see who is in the Top 5 Leaderboard which is updated every Monday afternoon.  Check out our Facebook page and see who is in the weekly Kahuna Spotlight  This year's Kahunas are Taylor BlackJustin HacklerRob Lewis, Emma MartinTom McDonnellKayla McDougleKate PayneJane MeyersWayne RandallAdrian TaitGinny Morgan Walker, and Scott Williford.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Watauga Habitat ReStore is Hiring!

Employment Opportunities

Make a difference…work for Habitat!

We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. Current open positions are listed below. 

  • ReStore Part Time Associate
    • Watauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for part-time help in our ReStore. Ideal candidates would have previous customer service experience and willingness to work hard for a great cause. Candidates must be able to pick up and carry 50+ pounds. Come join a great team of hard working folks who are helping raise funds to provide housing opportunities to local families in need. 

  • ReStore Donation Truck Driver
    • Accepting applications for Watauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore donation box truck driver. The ReStore sells used and sometimes new household items, furniture, and building materials at a discounted price. ReStore profits go to help further Watauga County Habitat for Humanity's mission of providing safe, efficient housing for families in need. Donation Truck Driver's responsibilities include moving furniture, appliances, and items safely out of donors homes and back to the warehouse efficiently, as well as additional duties in-store.
    • Applicants must be able to lift and carry at least 75 pounds, have a clean driving record, and be 21 years or older for insurance reasons. Ideal applicant would have some or all skills listed. Good customer service skills and willingness to learn is needed. Previous experience with moving furniture and appliances is a plus. Box truck driving experience preferred. Looking for applicants that enjoy helping customers and are excited about helping further Habitat's mission of providing safe and affordable housing.
    • Please come by ReStore to fill out applications. No phone calls please. This is a year round, full-time position with health care stipend. Come join the team!

 Applications can be picked up and filled out at:
Watauga Habitat ReStore 
1200 Archie Carroll Rd
Boone, NC 28607

 No Phone Calls, Please.

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

App Builds a Home-- Have you heard?


App Builds A Home is a campus-wide partnership with Watauga County Habitat to build a Habitat home for a local family in need. The students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University are coming together to design, fund, and build the home. App Builds A Home will be hosting events and fundraisers around campus to provide everyone an opportunity to participate in this exciting project!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Why Shelter?

Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.
Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear.
Watauga Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Big Kahuna Time!

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Recruiting 2019 Big Kahuna Campaign Contestants





Boone (January 23, 2019)   Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is currently recruiting participants for their 2019 Big Kahuna Campaign.  A Kahuna is a community minded person who volunteers to help raise money for Watauga Habitat by soliciting their network of personal and business contacts to donate to Watauga Habitat in their name.  This friendly competition kicks off kicks off March 1st, 2019.  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 this event, the Kahuna raising the most money will be crowned the “BIG KAHUNA”.
Watauga Habitat is currently looking for campaign contestants.  Letters requesting participation will be sent out over the next few weeks to many community leaders.  There will be a maximum number of Kahuna Contestants. Contestants can organize and host various events to raise money 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 will be behind you all the way, coaching and promoting all you are doing.
Since 2015, this fundraising campaign has collectively raised over $175,000, almost enough to build two Habitat for Humanity homes.  Past winners include Linda K. Robinson of Premier Sotheby’s Real Estate, Justin Davis of Town Tavern Blowing Rock, Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer and Crystal Smith of Appalachian Mountain Brewery.
Joining this friendly competition is a great way to show your support for Habitat’s work in Watauga County, and participants are encouraged to compete as representatives of their businesses.
Those interested in joining the 2019 Watauga County Habitat for Humanity Kahuna Campaign should contact Director of Development, Allison Jennings at 828-268-9545 ext. 107 or allison@wataugahabitat.org.



2018 Top 5 Kahuna- Mark Murrey, Crystal Smith, Ella Jennings, Patti Turner and Brianna Lance

2017 Big Kahuna Jenny Miller with Watauga Habitat Development Director Allison Jennings


2016 Big Kahuna Justin Davis of Blowing Rock Town Tavern with Alex Hooker


The Original Big Kahuna 2015 Linda Robinson with Watauga Habitat Executive Director Alex Hooker

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Watauga Habitat is Looking for Future Homeowners







Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications for our affordable housing program until March 31st, 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. The home being built will be a 3-bedroom house.
Those interested in learning more about Habitat’s affordable housing program can call Jennifer Ramey at 828-268-9545 or email jennifer@wataugahabitat.org.  Applications for a new 3 bedroom Habitat home are located on our website https://wataugahabitat.org/homeownership 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.

2019 Big Kahuna Results

Thanks to everyone who made this another successful year!  We set a goal to raise $35,500.  Wednesday, May 15th at 3pm we hit $24,000. ...