This year, Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is holding the second-annual Habitat Way Build Competition! If you’ve been following along with us, you may remember that we had three teams come together in 2018 to build children’s playhouses, including a Habitat team, a Harrisonburg Mennonite Team, and a Team from State Farm Insurance.
This year, we’ll be building sheds to use for Habitat families, as well as extras to sell to fundraise for our 2019 – 2020 builds!
We’re excited to announce that this year, we’re welcoming kids to help build with the express understanding that they’ll need to have direct parental supervision.
Let’s talk about how YOU can get involved in 5 easy steps!
Step 1: Get a Group Together
Each team that competes in the competition is made up of 5 – 10 people that want to work together to build. This can be an individual group of friends, a student group, a civic organization, a church, a business, you name it!
The pricing is different for adult groups and student groups, but we’ll talk about that later!
Step 2: Register Your Team with Our Office
In order to compete, the teams need to be registered with our office. There are three different ways you can register!
- Email our Community Outreach Coordinator Kirsten Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to make the subject line: “Team Name” Registration for Habitat Way Competition
- Call our office at (540) 828-6288 and tell whoever answers that you’re registering a team for the Habitat Way Competition
- Private message us on Facebook @CentralValleyHabitat and say that you’re registering a team for the competition.
In order to register, you’ll need the names of all the team members. Substitutions can be made all the way up to competition day, but we ask teams not to bring more than 10 people to work on the build.
Step 3: Raise Money or Sponsor Your Entry Fee
The Habitat Way Build Competition is, ultimately, a fundraiser for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity. Each team will need to pay an entry fee before the competition in order to participate. The entry fee covers the cost of the materials needed to build a shed, so that we can then either break even or raise money by selling the shed in order to fund more homes in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
The entry fees are as follows:
- Businesses, civic organizations, churches, etc: $1000
- School and college groups, boy scout/girl scout troops, etc: $750
Unless otherwise specified with our organization, all entry fees will need to be paid by October 1st, 2019. If you feel like this amount won’t be able to either be sponsored or raised by that time, but your group still wants to participate, please call our office at (540) 828-6288 and ask to speak to David Wenger.
There are lots of ways that the fee for entry can be raised. We encourage groups that don’t have this amount in their budget to explore crowdfunding on social media with websites like GoFundMe.
Groups may also be able to go into the community and find businesses that are willing to sponsor their entry fee, or hold bake sales, car washes, etc.
Businesses and groups that do have the amount can directly write us a check and donate the money toward our organization for their entry fee.
Step 4: Choose a Team Leader/Construction Leader
We ask that each team ask around with their group to find out if any of them have construction experience. The one that steps forward might surprise you! Each team will need someone that knows how to read plans and their way around tools.
If you don’t have someone on your team that fits the bill, let us know so that we can be sure you’re provided with a construction leader on the day of the event! All materials will be ready and waiting on that day, you’ll just need someone to help direct you in how to build.
Step 5: Build!
On October 12 at 8:00 AM, all the teams will come together for the event at the Bridgewater Lawn Party grounds in Bridgewater. We’ll have tools ready to go and the materials will be waiting. It generally lasts until about 4:00 PM in the afternoon.
Last year we started the event with a blessing and we’re hoping to expand this year and provide breakfast and coffee for all the teams!
Each team will compete for various awards, which will be given at the end of the day. Last year, the team from Trost Custom Homes and Harrisonburg Mennonite Church was the team to beat!
We’re hoping to have an even greater turnout this year, so contact us now to get your team scheduled!
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