Community Corner

Paul's Pantry Donation - The BCHBA gave back to the community at the 2016 Home Expo by offering free admission to the event with a donation to Paul's Pantry.

Over 9 barrels of food were collected for Paul's Pantry at the 2016 Home Expo. Paul's Pantry has distributed over 76.4 million pounds of food to the needy of Brown County since 1984. Paul's Pantry was one of the first food pantries to seek available surplus food from the marketplace each year.

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Brown County Home Builders Association Awards Winning Entries
in its "Build A Dog A Dream House" Contest

The Brown County Home Builders Association (BCHBA), representing more than 650 members of the homebuilding industry in our area, has presented four cash awards to the winning entries in its 2016 "Build a Dog a Dream House" contest:

Builder's Choice Awards - given in recognition of the overall creativity, design and quality of construction in its student entry.

1st Place Award $250 - Pulaski Community Middle School
2nd Place Award $100 - Aldo Community Middle School

People's Choice Awards - presented for most popular student entry by consumer vote.

1st Place Award $250 - Pulaski Community Middle School
2nd Place Award $100 - Crivitz Middle School

In January, the BCHBA held a 'Build a Dog a Dream House' contest to challenge local middle school students and spark their interest in the construction industry.  Five schools competed including Aldo Leopold Community School, Crivitz Middle School, Denmark Middle School, De Pere Middle School and Pulaski Community Middle School.  The doghouses were displayed at The Home Expo at the KI Center Jan. 28-31.  Consumers were able to vote and/or bid on the doghouses either in person or online.  All doghouses received bids and have been sold; one was sold and donated to the Bay Area Humane Society.  This was the second year the BCHBA hosted this student build project.

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October Madness: This past fall, the BCHBA hosted the Women in Building October Madness Auction which raised nearly $10,000 to support Connect, Inc., Altrusa House of Green Bay and the Service League of Green Bay/Family Services - Transitional Living Program.

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Porch Build: In May of 2015, the BCHBA coordinated an effort to build a new porch for a family in need. Association members donated time and materials to the project. J&J Builders of Northeast Wisconsin donated the time and crew to build the porch, Drexel Building Supply donated the materials, and AdvancedDisposal provided the dumpster. The end result was a beautiful addition to their home and a happy little boy who now has a safe porch to play on.

 

 

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Career Day - BCHBA Staff were on site at Howe Elementary School for their Career Day on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Executive Officer, Mari McAllister-Charles and Membership/Showcase Coordinator Melissa Steffen talked to the fifth grade classes about careers in the building industry.

Six mini-sessions were held and students learned about different career paths as well as participating in a hands-on building project courtesy of Home Depot.

The BCHBA has made it an initiative to ensure that students of all ages are aware of the different opportunities for skilled laborers in the industry.

 

 

 

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The Brown County Home Builders Association, along with other community supporters, has partnered with neighborWorks®  Green Bay on their latest renovation project. The premise of the partnership is to use high school students to complete the renovation.

The latest project was a two-flat home that will provide safe, affordable housing for two families of modest means. An open house was held to tour the homes  located at 301 and 303 S. Oakland Street.

Each day, students from West High School  gathered at the property to learn skills such as carpentry, framing, siding, etc. The students learned valuable lessons and skills about the building trades and will receive college credit at NWTC.

This will be the first of many projects that the  BCHBA will partner on!

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Congratulations to Executive Officer, Mari McAllister-Charles, who was named as one of You Magazine's "20 Women to Know."  The 20 Women to Know issue is an annual publication of You Magazine. It honors influential women who are inspiring conversations, shaping their organizations and changing the way we do business in the community.

 

 

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The Brown County Home Builders Association recently donated funds to allow the UW Green Bay Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to take a mission trip to the Philippines. Here is a note of thanks from their team for helping to make the amazing experience a possibility:

We are back from our Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to the Philippines. It was absolutely the experience of a lifetime. Words fail us. Suffice it to say that, for us, the housing communities where we worked showed us poverty on a scope and scale unimaginable here. The need for safe, durable, affordable housing in this country is profound, with a backlog of nearly four million people living in urban slums. But, unexpectedly, the communities we served were unusually vibrant - there were small micro-economies within the slums with businesses and services - and the people were kind, grateful and generous. I have traveled some myself, and I believe that the Filipino people are among the nicest, most polite, happiest people I have ever met.

The work we did was hard and manual. The tools on hand were buckets, shovels, pick axes to break rock, hacksaws to cut re-bar, etc. Everything we did in a week (mostly digging holes in soil and rock, mixing concrete, and setting foundation footings and building support columns) would have been done in a half day here with a back hoe and a jackhammer. It took 26 of us a full week to do it by hand (11 of us from the US, joined by 15 college students from Japan). But we did not go there to judge, just to contribute our labor and immerse ourselves in this culture and community, and that we did.

There is no way that ten college kids from Wisconsin can have an experience like this and not have their world view permanently altered. The same is true for me. We return home humbled, and deeply moved by our experience.

We can't thank you enough for your generous donation to our trip. With much gratitude for helping to make this possible, Mike Stearney and the team.

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American Red Cross - The BCHBA coordinated a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday, January 18, 2014. This was our fourth year that we teamed up with the American Red Cross. A total of 17 pints were collected from helping save 51 lives.

In order to help families everyday, the Lakeland Chapter relies on volunteers and the generosity of our community for donations to support their programs and services. Your local Lakeland Chapter works tirelessly to ensure that help is there.

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