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  Executive Perspective     Construction Update     Upcoming Events
  East Trenton Center News     Volunteers Rock!     Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals
  New Clubs                

Executive Perspective

After three long years of planning, spring has sprung and the $1,000,000 project of seven new homes in Trenton is springing to life! By using state of the art Structured Insulated Panels (SIPS), our volunteers have already erected the walls for the first floor. Prep work is being done so we can accept the shipment of the second floor panels. In Ewing we will have gone to the planning board to start the first phase of our three home build. This is slated to start in the June time frame with a one story house targeted for a handicapped family.

With eight homes under construction, we are excited. A number we have not seen in a long time, our families are eager to see them completed. Your support is critical to our success. The volunteers on the build site help keep costs down.

Your monetary donations cover administrative expenses and are needed to keep our doors open. Please consider making a small recurring monthly donation to help us make a difference, and come out and build.

- Tom Caruso


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Construction Update

We are well underway in the construction of a seven home complex at the 500 block of North Clinton Ave in Trenton. As of now we are using Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday for volunteer build days. We are in the process of completing the first floor framing using the Structural Insulated Paneling System. The plan is to continue with installing the supporting second floor joists and second floor sub floor, as well as the internal wall construction on the first floor.

We have had tremendous support from the Isles Youth Build Program who provided much of the prep work for the multiple crews that were on site on Saturdays. We are in need of additional volunteer construction leadership for Wednesdays and Thursdays in order to be able to run multiple crews. We are also in need of a lull extended forklift to load material up to the second floor, as well as a safety cage attachment.

Please visit our website www.habitatta.org for updates and pictures regarding construction projects.

- Dan Santa Lucia

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Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar and Join US For…….

Habitat Information Breakfast
Wed., May 4th
8:00-9:00 am
Nassau Club

Trenton Thunder Game—July 30th, 2016
7:00 pm game time

Philly Soul vs L. A. Kings—June 11th, 2016
Sun Bank Arena
Tickets will be available online

Fall Ball—October 29th, 2016
Greenacres Country Club
6:30-11:00 pm

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East Trenton Center News

The East Trenton Center has continued to demonstrate a supportive network for the residents of the East Trenton Community and surrounding neighborhoods. Happiness/gratitude and a pleasure to have in my corner go out to Hopewell Elementary School and Terhune Orchards. And a special thanks for the cookies from Girl Scout Troop 70910.

- Liz Leonard, ETC Program Coordinator

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Volunteers Rock!

A Note from the Community Outreach Director

I joined the Habitat for Humanity of Trenton team in August of 2015 as the Community Outreach Director and I've been having a blast getting to work with such a great organization and group of people. I have to do a lot of different things on the job, but by far the most rewarding has been coordinating and working with volunteers on the construction site. Like most of our volunteers I don't have any construction experience and it has been so much fun getting to learn how to use the tools on the site and to get to point to something and say "I built that."

It took me by surprise how giving people can be. Arianna Lee, from Princeton, invited me to her 7th birthday party this winter. She didn't want it to be all about her. She wanted her special day to be an opportunity to raise funds for three other charities, so she had a chili cook-off. Sadly, my sweet potato black bean chili didn't win, but they ate it all and I'll take that as a victory. I was also surprised by the support we received for our March Madness fundraiser. Sadly, we didn't win the grand prize, but our individual and group volunteers really rallied behind the month long fundraiser. It's been humbling to see people from such different backgrounds coming together to support affordable and safe housing for all.

- Gulu Brewer

Alpha Chi Rho

Habitat for Humanity is one of the five National Philanthropies of the Alpha Chi Rho National Men's Collegiate Fraternity. At The College of New Jersey we take that to heart. The Phi Gamma Chi chapter holds events every semester to raise money for the local Habitat for Humanity headquarters stationed in Trenton, and often help with constructing houses and other projects. The Habitat for Humanity Camp Out, an event famous to all TCNJ students, occurs every semester. Brothers of AXP camp out on campus for several nights and collect money from passing students. We often end up raising around two or three thousand dollars for Habitat, which we pride ourselves on.

Last semester brothers spent an entire day working on a Habitat rehab project. Our president, Edward Melamed, remembers the experience as "a rewarding way to give back to the community." The chapter looks forward to more building opportunities in the future. This semester brothers participated in a Johnson and Johnson sponsored event called "In It to Win It." Over the course of two fun filled hours brothers were able to raise $3,000 for Habitat! With our camp out just weeks away, we are confident we can raise even more money for Habitat for Humanity.

- The Brothers of Alpha Chi Rho

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A sense of duty is an integral part of the U.S. Military. For service members and civilians at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst their service extends outside of their day to day duties.

JB-MDL's Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Team is comprised of 75 Air Force and Army Enlisted Officers and Civilians. This year they have volunteered more than 175 hours at the Trenton and Burlington County branches of Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers have assisted with the construction of seven homes in Trenton, helping to provide safe and affordable housing for families in need. They have also volunteered at Habitat's ReStore in Maple Shade.

The Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is Habitat for Humanity of Trenton's afterschool program jointly run with Urban Promise of Trenton. The Learning Lab provides students in grades K-5 with individualized attention and mentorship in academics and beyond. Currently, Ms. Damary Caraballo of Urban Promise of Trenton serves as Program Director with assistance from TCNJ's Bonner Community Scholars Program.

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Students receive daily tutoring help and at least 30 minutes of guided reading to promote literacy. We provide students with an afterschool snack, as well as several enrichment trips.

Recent & Upcoming Events at the Learning Lab:

This past December, Bloomberg LLC took the Learning Lab to Barnes & Noble where each student was allowed to purchase $20 worth of books. Our students enjoyed reading and drinking hot chocolate with Bloomberg employees. Bloomberg LLC frequently sponsors trips for Learning Lab students and we anticipate future trips working closely with the gracious Bloomberg employees. Bloomberg works with several arts & culture organizations in the area including the Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, and Liberty Science Center. We look forward to planning future trips at these venues with the gracious help from Bloomberg.

On Sunday, April 24th at 1 p.m, the Learning Lab has a field trip scheduled for students to attend a Trenton Thunder Game. Students and chaperones must arrive at the Learning Lab by 12:30 p.m. Permission slips with more information will be provided to students as the date nears. Volunteer chaperones are welcome to attend! See email address below if interested.

The Learning Lab summer program dates are set to be July 5th-July 29th, 2016.

Stay up to date on all Learning Lab events by checking out our Facebook page, The Learning Lab of East Trenton!

Contact UPtrentonLearningLab@gmail.com for ways to donate, volunteer, and get more information on our Summer 2016 Program!

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Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals

Trenton Habitat Young Professionals (THYP) has had a great start to the year! Our chapter was officially recognized by Habitat for Humanity International. We retired our original name, Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals (HYLP), and we’re now Trenton HYPsters. In February we had a competitive Trivia Night Fundraiser at Uno's Bar and Grill and our first build day of 2016, working on one of the six new homes on the Clinton block in Trenton! The build was excellent despite the cold. We had a great time learning/brushing up on the ropes with the (very patient and kind!) corps of professional construction volunteers. We’re looking forward to our next build day on Saturday, May 14th and we’ve got plenty of ways to get involved with THYP before then through monthly membership meetings and Hump Day Habi-Hours. With our newly created Meet-up group on Meetup.com you can find out more about our latest events. Our website and social media pages also have up-to-date information.

We’re excited to announce that there will be leadership positions open in the summer and we encourage young professionals and undergraduate students to contact us to learn more. THYP offers young professionals the chance to meet and network with peers at social and volunteer events. We have fun while being advocates and fundraising for the Trenton affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Our members come from companies and organizations across different sectors, bringing together a well-rounded group of volunteers and revelers. We’d love to meet you and tell you more about how to become a member of our group of merry hammer-wielders!

E-mail us at hylp@habitatta.org and check us out at https://www.habitatta.org/THYP or facebook.com/TrentonHYP/

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New Clubs

Princeton University Habitat for Humanity Club

Setting foot on Princeton's campus as freshman in the fall of 2014 and looking for opportunities to get involved in community service, we were all surprised not to see a functioning Habitat for Humanity student club. Volunteering with Habitat had been such a fun and rewarding experience for the three of us in high school (Boston and Atlanta respectively), so this past fall we decided to revive Princeton's chapter. Since this initial thought we have been recognized again by the University as a student group, recruited about forty students into our club email list, brought student volunteers to a build in Trenton, and raised about $600 for the Trenton chapter's March Madness fundraiser by selling doughnuts on campus. We are thrilled that Habitat for Humanity now has a presence on Princeton's campus and we are excited to contribute as much to the club as we can before our graduation. Just as Habitat is committed to a sustainable model, we hope to leave behind a strong, fully functioning student group when we graduate, and hope that Habitat for Humanity will always have a strong presence on campus. We are thankful for the opportunity to volunteer with Trenton's chapter and we're looking forward to being involved in an even larger capacity in the future!

-Mark Goldstein, Morgan Brewton-Johnson, and Grant Keating
Princeton University Class of 2018

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