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Old 01-22-2015, 03:46 PM   #71
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Keep and Eye Out for the Tool Belt Tour

One of our favorite musicians, Antsy McClain, is embarking on what he calls the Tool Belt Tour and his first work site and Tool Belt Concert will be in Dade City, Florida on Thursday February 12, 2015.

Check out Antsy's web site for more details: Antsy Presents the Tool Belt Tour 2015 « Antsy McClain

The concert is free to anyone who participates in building the house in Dade City on January 12. Contact the Dade City (East Pasco County) Habitat affiliate for more information: Habitat of East and Central Pasco

I don't think the affiliate is advertising the project and concert but if you call to volunteer I'm sure they'll hook you up with some "tickets."
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:59 AM   #72
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WOW, this is great. Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately I won't be able to be in Florida that week but I'll see you guys in Mason, Tx for the phase 4 build of TWO houses this year.
Hope to get to see Antsy's Tool Belt Tour this year!!!!!!

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Old 01-30-2015, 09:41 AM   #73
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Official RV CAV Video is on YouTube!

Hi Everyone! Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners has released their official promotional video. Take a look:

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Old 02-01-2015, 03:43 PM   #74
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The Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanner organization sends out a newsletter every month. You can sign-up to receive the newsletter HERE.

Many times the newsletter includes a section titled Why We Build. Danielle pointed this particular Why We Build out to me and I agreed it was very interesting.

Why we build

Building Together by Kelli Regan

Last August my parents sold their house and set off in their motor home to live a full time life on wheels. While my husband, children and I were happy for their grand adventure, we felt sad for the distance that would separate us. We wondered about this "strange" life they had embarked on.
"What's gotten into Nanni and Poppy?" we asked each other.

During a winter phone call, my mom shared their itinerary for the coming months. In the spring they planned to spend two weeks in Savannah, Georgia, working on an FMCA Habitat for Humanity build. They'd done other FMCA Habitat builds and had raved about their experiences.

The idea of joining them intrigued me for several reasons. I always wanted to visit Savannah, I hadn't seen my parents in a while, and I have a love for missions that I nurture with frequent trips to Haiti where I help build churches and schools. Joining my parents would be like a mission trip but closer to home and a little more comfortable!

A few weeks before the Habitat build, my sister called to say her schedule cleared and she planned to go. It was the nudge I needed to commit to going too.

Then I started to get anxious. I'm generally comfortable on work sites, but didn't know what to expect from this one. My sister and I would be outsiders non-RVers jumping into the middle of a two-week build. Would we fit in? Would they accept us? Would they let us do work?

We arrived in Savannah on Friday night and spent the weekend touring the area with my parents. When we arrived at the work site Monday morning the start of the second week of the build we were promptly name-tagged and introduced to "the gang." Immediately my fears dissipated as they warmly welcomed us and put us to work.

My sister and I easily blended into the group as we helped nail top plates, attach hurricane straps, install plywood sheathing, put up trusses and do whatever else needed doing. My father even signed me up to lead one of the morning devotions!

Amid the hard work, sweat, joking, camaraderie and teamwork, boxes of nails and piles of lumber started to become a home.

While working side by side with my parents and the other RVers, I got a glimpse of this full time motor home lifestyle they'd chosen. To my relief, I realized they actually aren't all that crazy. In fact, I discovered they are part of a vibrant community of energetic, caring, fun-loving, interesting people people who I very much enjoyed being around.

My time on the Habitat build was filled with blessings spending time with my family, meeting wonderful people, being outdoors in beautiful weather after a wretched winter in Philadelphia, experiencing the joy of serving and most of all, helping a single mother and her children achieve the dream of home ownership.

One of the most surprising blessings I experienced was seeing how happy my sister and I made my parents by being with them. The trip instantly became a precious family memory.

My parents' new lifestyle will certainly alter our family traditions, and I've been sad about that. But reflecting on our special time together in Savannah, I see we didn't just help build a new house for another family, we helped build a new tradition for our family.

Congratulations on your surprise blessing. Sometimes they pop up in the most unexpected places


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Old 02-22-2015, 11:18 AM   #75
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Alumaflamingo Habitat Seminar

There will be a Habitat for Humanity seminar at 2015 Alumaflamingo in Sarasota, Florida. Be sure to check out the seminar if you're at the rally and sign-up for the 1/2-day Habitat work session.
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Alumaflamingo was busy! The Habitat seminar was attended by over a dozen people and eleven of those registered to receive the monthly RV CAV newsletter.

A total of eight people (including Danielle and me) participated in the 1/2 day work project. We had a threat of rain for our work day but the wet stuff held off and we were able to accomplish quite a bit of exterior painting. We also painted interior trim (prior to trim installation) and we dug a trench to run the electrical conduit to the house. It was a good day! I'll post some pictures at another time.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:14 PM   #78
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We were in Mason, TX recently to help build two houses. The Mason affiliate usually builds one house per year during their 10-week (Feb - May) schedule so building two homes was quite a challenge!

Our team was in Mason for the final three weeks of the project including dedicating the homes. Lots of painting, finish carpentry, electrical and plumbing jobs during the final weeks of building a home.

The wildflowers were beautiful!

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Old 05-01-2015, 05:43 AM   #79
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Thanks for the great pictures, Lucius. It was such a treat to get to build with you and Danielle! So great to be in our airstreams, having fun, and building decent affordable homes. Just don't know how it gets any better than this.

Thanks for posting the pictures, it definitely was a bumper crop for the bluebonnets this year!!!!

Looking forward to my next build with you guys.

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Investysly the pictures look great. The wild flower one is great for the may photo contest as the theme is "Airstream and flowers".
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This sounds interesting. We're finishing up our second Laborers For Christ project, which helps Lutheran congregations with their building projects. I'm not sure that commercial construction is really my "cup of tea" but maybe Habitat would work.
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This sounds interesting. We're finishing up our second Laborers For Christ project, which helps Lutheran congregations with their building projects. I'm not sure that commercial construction is really my "cup of tea" but maybe Habitat would work.
We know some other RVers that have built with Laborers for Christ. It seems like our friends enjoyed their time with that organization, and they continue to work with LFC from time to time, but Habitat suits their schedule better.

Habitat has a wide variety of locations and dates throughout the year. I'm not sure if that's the case for other building/construction groups.

We look forward to seeing you down the road!
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I just signed up for the Brookings, SD build. I'll probably sign up for another one in a couple of days.
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I just signed up for the Brookings, SD build. I'll probably sign up for another one in a couple of days.
I hope your enjoy your experience. We've always had a good time. That's not to say there are not problems. Any time you mix people from a variety of backgrounds things can get a little tense at times. For us, the tense moments are the exception not the norm.

Personality types, tool availability, material availability, weather, and other factors can play a role in the level of satisfaction on a Habitat project. Keep an open mind, even if you know how to do a job consider asking the project leader how they want it done. Each Habitat affiliate has unique methods of building a house - it's always good to ask prior to jumping right in.

Be sure to keep us posted on your experience. Inquiring minds want to know.
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