Monday, February 10, 2020

Join us for Women Build Day!

Watauga Habitat for Humanity Seeking Volunteers for 2020 Women Build on March 7th

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 is seeking volunteers for Saturday, March 7th, 9am until 4pm.  “We are currently completing two homes in our Habitat GreenWood neighborhood,” said Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat’s director of development.  “Volunteers are needed to install flooring, paint, simple landscaping 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.

“Join us on March 7th as we celebrate the power of Women Build. This is also a terrific way to involve your friends and family of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. Work alongside women who will soon be Habitat homeowners.  Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. You can also come alone, and make new friends. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly, “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

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