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September 26, 2018 04:41PM
CHARLESTOWN — South County Habitat for Humanity is conducting an emergency fundraiser following the theft of $20,000 worth of tools and equipment from a construction trailer at a building site in Exeter.
The theft occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday morning when the trailer was broken into, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. Habitat had recently started construction of a duplex home in Exeter and the theft was discovered when crews showed up to work on the house.
Habitat for Humanity said the theft not only causes a financial burden but also creates a delay in construction of the home for two families in need of housing.
“It’s very disheartening when something like this happens,” said Colin Penney, executive director of the South County group. “It makes a tremendous impact on our efforts of helping families find affordable housing in the area. It’s hard to build a house without any tools or equipment for our volunteers to use, but we are focused on minimizing the delay and impact on these two families that the house is for.”
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By: Philip Cozzolino
CHARLESTOWN - Habitat for Humanity has welcomed a new face as its executive director. Colin Penney took over the position on Oct. 30 after a nationwide search. Penney takes over the post from Lou Raymond, who is set to retire later this year after 15 years of service to the Charlestown non-profit organization, a branch of the nationwide non-profit which seeks to provide affordable, quality housing for all. In announcing the appointment, Val Henry, president of the South County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, was excited to welcome Habitat’s new leader. “We are extremely excited to welcome Colin to South County Habitat,” Henry said. “We look forward to his leadership as we work together continuing in our mission of providing affordable housing in our community.”Henry went on to say the search for a new executive director led South County Habitat on a nationwide exploration of candidates that included over 150 applicants. Of that pool, Penney was the organization’s top choice. Penney comes to South County Habitat with over 15 years of experience in non-profits and affordable housing, and has extensive experience working with Habitat for Humanity various chapters across the country, both as a volunteer and staff member. Most recently, he served as the program director for Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley in the Youngstown area of Ohio. Youngstown, Ohio is currently one of the most affordable places in the country to live – a stark contrast from the pricey real estate market of New England.
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By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer | Mar 6, 2019
PAWCATUCK — The developer of a proposed affordable housing complex plans to construct sidewalks along the property’s frontage at 126 S. Broad St., an unusual move since sidewalks are not a requirement for the project.
Birchwood Farms, formerly known as Stonington Village, will also build sidewalks along the northwest side of its 1,000-foot access road, said Harry Heller, an attorney with Heller, Heller & McCoy in Uncasville, who represented the developer, AJ Holdings LLC, of Baltic, Conn., at a special Economic Development Commission meeting Tuesday at the Pawcatuck Fire Station.
“It will be, rather than an apartment house type of setting, this is going to be a community setting with its own community road, sidewalks and ample yard area to provide a different quality of living than you would find in typical multifamily housing,” said Heller.
The 40-unit housing complex, comprised of 20 duplexes on a 25-acre site, came before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 5 for a public hearing but the commission continued the proceedings to March 19, citing incomplete information on the application.
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By KELLY SULLIVAN
CHARLESTOWN – South County Habitat for Humanity, located at 1555 Shannock Road in Charlestown, will be hosting a Community Resource Fair on Aug. 25.
This free event is open to all South County residents who would like information and guidance on the services available to give individuals and families a hand up during difficult times.
A dozen different area organizations will be present at the fair and include the following:
Al’s Moving Minds; a non-profit agency for senior citizens living with memory loss. The volunteer-run agency offers customized programs and socialization for those with early-to moderate-stage dementia.
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Position: Interim Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors (the Board Chair will be available to meet on a regular schedule with the Interim E.D.)
Supervises: General Contractor; CPA; Volunteers
Schedule: May 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020; Candidates should be available 30 - 40 hours per week
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Mission Statement: Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island—Greater Providence, Inc. (HFHRIGP) is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in communities in the Greater Providence area and to making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Scope of the Position
The Interim ED is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and fundraising for HFHRIGP. The Interim ED is the ultimate internal decision-maker on operational decisions and works closely with the Board of Directors for organizational decisions. The Interim ED will work closely with the Board of Directors to support and facilitate effective oversight and direction setting.
The Interim ED will sustain the successes of HFHRIGP as the board searches for a permanent ED.
There is potential for the Interim ED to transition to permanent status contingent upon performance and Board approval.
During the interim period there are several priority areas that will require the Interim ED’s attention:
1. Oversee current build to completion
2. Closely monitor the budget, especially tracking and problem-solving revenue generation and expenditures.
3. Apply for grant opportunities weekly
4. Solicit, track, manage and thank donations
5. Identify and manage volunteer groups
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the public face of the organization, responsible for advocating for the mission and vision of the affiliate, and is responsible for the day to day management of HFHGP, as well as working with the Board to establish and attain long term goals.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Organizational and Leadership Responsibilities
• Maintain a close working relationship with HFH International and stay current with all HFH policies and practices to ensure the affiliate is complying with policies and procedures.
• Manage overall operations, including resource development, financial monitoring and reporting, marketing and community outreach.
• With the Board of Directors, continue to develop a vision and policies to guide the organization.
• Work in close cooperation with the Board of Directors and staff on governance, budgeting, board development, volunteer management, family selection, fundraising, and all matters affecting the affiliate.
• Develop community partnerships and manage existing alliances.
• Manage general contractor to complete current build on schedule and on budget
• Visit the construction sites as necessary to make sure all are functioning satisfactorily.
• Update HFHRIGP website and social media content regularly
• With the Family Selection Committee of the Board, manage family services to existing Habitat homeowners and supervise selection process for new homeowners.
• Cultivate and support relationships with volunteer base. Ensure that volunteers are recognized and acknowledged for their contributions.
• Represent HFHRIGP in the public sphere always with the intention of growing the affiliate’s resources and raising awareness about the pressing need for affordable housing.
• Engage local college and high school campus chapters and assist in their activities.
Resource/ Fundraising Development
• Work closely with Board and staff to develop budgets ensuring that affiliate is maintaining a sustainable model.
• Working with the Board and Fundraising Committee, establish goals for increasing incoming capital through grants, fundraising events, capital campaigns and other methods such as selling mortgages.
• Develop and cultivate strong relationships with donors and community members and organizations.
• Actively research and solicit gifts from foundations, companies and individuals.
• Working with the Finance committee, ensure HFHGP continues to operate in a fiscally responsible manner and maintains transparency and adequate funding to carry out its work.
• Oversee financial management and reporting, including monthly financial reports to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors, preparation of the annual budget and preparation for independent audits.
• Monitoring of cash flow, enforcement of financial policies for expenditures, authorizations and report concerns/discrepancies to the Finance Committee and the Board.
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business or non-profit administration, public policy, land use planning or a related field or equivalent experience
• Management experience (non-profit organization(s) preferred) with responsibility for managing people, budgets and plans
• Ability to work and collaborate effectively with a variety of different parties (e.g. Board of Directors, volunteers, Habitat families, donors, governmental and community organizations, staff, etc.)
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Genuine and significant care for the well-being of others and the desire to effect positive change in Rhode Island
• A resourceful innovator capable of problem solving big and small issues
• Ability to motivate and lead others to do good in the world
• Knowledge of Habitat for Humanity, affordable housing principles, residential construction, planning processes, financing strategies, real estate transactions and local development constraints
• Familiarity with funding sources for affordable housing (HOME, CDBG, etc.)
• Familiarity with and past successes in identifying, applying for, tracking and receiving grants
• Knowledge of and relationship with local governmental leaders, including elected officials and key governmental staff members
• Knowledge and experience in working with volunteers
• Bi-lingual in Spanish
• Proficient in Quickbooks
Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2020
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By Donita Naylor| Journal Staff Writer
Posted: Jun 11, 2020 at 7:54 PM
One local Habitat for Humanity chapter is reopening its thrift store, and another has hired a new executive director.
South County Habitat had closed its builds and thrift shop with the rest of the country for three months but is easing back, and the Greater Providence Habitat has hired an executive director with hopes for a revival.
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