O F F I C E R S
President: Jan Sorge
Vice President: Michelle Paloutzian Maggi
Secretary: George Gallaher
Treasurer: Donna Hall
COMI T T E E C H A I R S
Administration: Janice Sorge
Church Relations: Janice Sorge
ReStore Resources: Lyle Allen
Family Services: Nellie Venegas
Finance: Sean Arnold
Fund Raising: Your name could be here.
Public Information: George Gallaher
Site Selection: Your name could be here
Volunteers: Your name could be here.
M E M B E R S - A T - L A R G E
Paper application form for potential new board members.
application for potential new board members
A Habitat ReStore is open in
It is located at 1230 Broadway,
next to Passadori’s.
We have new and gently
used home improvement items, at very good prices.
Our hours are Saturdays 10:00
A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
If you have items you would like to
donate, please check at our website (hfhmerced.org) to see what
items we are accepting and to arrange for pick-up.
All profits from our ReStore will be used
to fund our home builds and rehabs.
Link to ReStore Page
Link to Grand Opening Photos
Click here for a partial
over-view of our requirements for homeownership.
Click here for promotional video for ReStore:
Consider shopping Smile.amazon.com
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic
way for you to support your favorite charitable organization
every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at
smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast
selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with
the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the
purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can
choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go
to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or
mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to
smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your
shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are
eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of
products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see
eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on
their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save
purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.
Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and
other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a
charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you
need to select a charitable organization to receive donations
from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will
remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you
make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any
time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards
your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to
smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and
simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
charities can I choose from?
You can choose from almost one
million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.
What if my selected charity does not register to participate in
the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?
selected charity does not register to participate, becomes
ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will
have a chance to select a different charity to receive the
accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your
charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued
donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving
If I represent a charitable organization, how can
I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?
Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your
organization to receive donations.
How much of my purchase
does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate
0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile
purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item
minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling,
gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to
time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that
increase the donation amount on one or more products or services
or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.
Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the
relevant promotion for complete details.
Can I receive a tax
deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not
tax deductible by you.
How can I learn more about
Please see complete AmazonSmile program
Not interested? Shop at www.amazon.com instead
Photos from the Rehab of Project 1
completed Spring 2016
Ask and it will be given to you; seek
and you will find. Matthew 7:7
eScrip | 10091 Streeter
Road, # 12 | Auburn, CA
What we are asking for are people to volunteer and serve. There
are quite a few opportunities for you to be involved in our
mission to see that everyone in Merced County has decent and
One of the biggest needs we have right
now is new construction leadership. We need more than one person
to plan the workday, purchase materials, work with our partner
families and supervise on the jobsite. If you can do any or all
of those things, even just one day a week, or one day or week a
month, we need you! Construction experience would be helpful of
course, but is not necessarily required; A desire to work with
great people, to give of yourself and to learn and grow are most
important. In our quest to continually serve more families, we
would like to undertake more home repairs under Habitat for
Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness” program. This too, will take
more construction leadership, so I am asking you to prayerfully
consider how you might contribute.
Another need is for a
volunteer who will focus on fundraising. We would like to open
an office in the near future. We have been functioning fairly
well without one for more than 20 years, but if we want to
expand and serve more families, we need that additional level of
organization; a place to work, meet our partner families, train
volunteers, store building materials and important records, and
interact with the public. We will need additional funding to
make this happen. We also will need more money to build more
houses. We have just enough to cover the next two building
sites, as long as no problems arise in the meantime. We would
like to be able to serve more families by building at a steady
pace of one house a year. If we can continue that pace and go
beyond, the resulting mortgage income we generate can make the
building cycle self-sustainable, allowing us to use donated
funds to improve other aspects of our program. Please consider
if you might be the fundraising chairperson we’re seeking.
will happily welcome new members to the Board of Directors, and
volunteers in the areas of publicity, volunteer management,
fundraising, construction leadership, and people to help
specifically with special events, mortgages and insurance.
Volunteers with experience in real estate, legal matters,
business or non-profits are highly encouraged!
All of this is
with the vision of everyone in Merced County having decent and
affordable housing. Please consider joining us.
Click here for a Brush With Kindness Application
“Brush With Kindness”
is a new project for our Habitat for Humanity of Merced County.
We are looking for people with construction experience or willing
hearts and hands to work on short term projects such as a
ramp, handicap bars, gutter clean out, bushes trimmed, leaves raked,
etc. Senior citizens and
handicapped persons will have the opportunity to apply and be
interviewed for the selection process.
Applicants will pay for the materials used and volunteers
will do the work.
leader, crew members with various talents of construction, plumbing,
landscaping, painting skills, electrical, and willing to learn.
A Brush with Kindness seeks to bring volunteers together to live out
their faith and values through helping low-income homeowners restore
their homes so they can continue to live in a safe, decent and
Habitat has the opportunity to establish A Brush with Kindness in
our community as a way to connect volunteers and their resources
with opportunities to live out their faith and values through
restoring homes of at-risk homeowners.
A Brush with Kindness began in response to an overwhelming need in
neighborhoods to help low-income homeowners who because of age,
disability or family circumstance struggle to care for their home.
After years of deferred maintenance, homes fall into
disrepair and consequently fall into a downward spiral of code
citations, loss of homeowner insurance and ultimately in mortgage
foreclosure that impact not just individual homeowners, but entire
neighborhoods. A Brush
with Kindness helps homeowners avoid issues that can lead to losing
A Brush with Kindness relies on churches, businesses and community
organizations that contribute volunteers, finances and materials to
effectively serve homeowners in need.
are available on our
Applications are to be filled out and
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
P.O. Box 423,
Atwater CA 95301
A world where everyone has a
decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into
action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes,
communities and hope.
1. Demonstrate the love of
undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus,
acting in all ways in accord with the belief
that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that
we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We
believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be
multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith,
relationships can grow among all people.
2. Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s
love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent,
put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve
homes, and by partnering with others
to accelerate and broaden access to affordable
housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
3. Advocate for affordable
In response to
the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk
humbly with God, we promote decent,
affordable housing for all, and we support the
global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We
will advocate for just and fair housing policy to
eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And,
all of our work,
we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful
ways that poverty housing becomes
socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
4. Promote dignity and
We believe that no
one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe
that every person has something
to contribute and something to gain from creating
communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to
live. We believe that dignity and hope are best
achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
5. Support sustainable and
We view our work as successful when it transforms
lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and
spiritual change within a community; when it is
based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it
demonstrates responsible stewardship of all
resources entrusted to us.
About Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County is part of a
global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian
principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building
homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and
worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving 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
All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County has an
open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent,
affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work,
regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of
the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short,
Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and
also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or
religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International
and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that
Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied
condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a
particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to
induce conversion to a particular faith.
Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat
for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build,
renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses
sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.