August 2010
Construction Update

Habitat is excited to announce that site preparations have begun at Rivergate Commons, a 12-family neighborhood off N. Lombard Street in Portland! Join us at the build site on Saturday, August 28, for the official kick-off event! Bring your favorite dish to share at the potluck-style lunch and meet the first six families that will own homes in the new Habitat neighborhood.

Rivergate Commons Official Kick-Off!
Saturday, August 28

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rivergate Commons [behind Rivergate Community Church]
4737 N. Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203

Read details about our new Rivergate Commons build and our other builds on our website by clicking orange button above!

We are excited to announce that Nicole Patterson, a former AmeriCorps National Direct member with our affiliate, has joined our construction team as our new Assistant Site Supervisor. Volunteers can expect to see her around the office and on the build sites!

September volunteer dates are open on the online calendar - sign up today!

Volunteers Needed

Family Selection Committee Volunteers Needed

The Family Selection Committee identifies and recommends the most qualified applicants to the Board of Directors for approval to become Habitat homeowners. During the three-month selection process, Family Selection Committee volunteers will assist with application meetings, review the applications, complete home visits and identify the most qualified families and individuals for board approval.
Habitat is currently seeking volunteers for this rewarding experience. Volunteers must be available to meet some evenings and weekends between September and December 2010. Volunteers can expect to serve at least 20 hours over the three-month period. Strong interpersonal skills and an interest in working with low-income families from diverse backgrounds is required. Bilingual skills are a plus! Please contact Binny Nguyen at or call 503.289.9529x19 for more information.

PR Volunteer Needed

Habitat is looking for a skilled PR person to help promote Habitat! If you have three years experience or more in public relations and are willing to donate 10-15 hours a month to Habitat please send your resume to Maria Eby, Communications Manager, at

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Thanks to PEEHP Energy-Efficient Features Are Planned for Rivergate Commons

Habitat has been selected to participate in the City of Portland's Energy Efficient Home Pilot Project (PEEHP), a partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Natural, Pacific Power, PGE and other sponsors. This competitive grants program supports construction costs for a number of energy-efficient home features. The goal is to provide the industry, policymakers and the public with practical information about how greener homes perform over time. This kind of information may be useful for any future consideration of new codes or standards related to energy performance in new home construction.
PEEHP will support energy-efficient features at six homes in our 12-home Rivergate project, including insulation, windows, HVAC, water heating, and lighting. Three homes will be built to be 15% above current code requirements and another three homes will be 30%. Not only will the carbon footprints of these homes be lower, but the Habitat homeowners will also have reduced energy costs and a more comfortable home environment long-term.

All 12 homes at Rivergate will be Earth Advantage certified. PEEHP is providing an additional opportunity for Habitat to meet and even exceed EA on some of these homes with new, state-of-the-art materials. PEEHP will inform our construction practices as we continue our commitment to building green homes.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Ticket Sales in Portland Benefit Habitat 

Whoa! Look out Portland area! Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is coming to the Memorial Coliseum for two fantastic shows!

Sunday, November 14
2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. [two showtimes]
Portland Memorial Coliseum
300 N. Winning Way
Portland, OR 97208

Join DJ Lance Rock and his crew for a party in your city! One dollar from every ticket sold goes to support Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and affordable housing.

Joining DJ Lance Rock and his friends will be Biz Markie, with Biz's Beat of the Day, and surprise Super Music Friends and Dancey Dancers. These surprise guests change at every stop on the tour and is kept top-secret until showtime. Want to see what celebrities show up in Portland? You'll have to come to the show to find out!

Tickets are on sale now by clicking here or at the Rose Quarter box office. Yo Gabba Gabba!

Pens & Hammers:
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Essay Contest
Do you love volunteering for Habitat for Humanity? Tell us about it and win a prize!

We are seeking submissions of 500 words or less from Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The Habitat staff will review the submissions and select finalists whose submissions will be posted online. We will then invite folks to choose from the finalists by voting for the winners on our website. The winning essayists will be the envy of all their friends, have their essays posted online and have their choice of a lovely prize like mp3 players, habitat gear, digital cameras and other cool stuff!
For more details and to learn how to enter please visit our contest page. All entries must be received by August 15, 2010. Voting will take place in September.

Thank You Volunteers and Supporters!

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East 
1478 NE Killingsworth 
Portland, Oregon 97211
In This Issue
Construction Update
Volunteers Needed
Energy-Efficient Features Planned for Rivergate Commons
Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Ticket Sales in Portland Benefit Habitat
Pens & Hammers: Volunteer Essay Contest
Volunteer Spotlight: Terrill & Becky Jarvis
Interfaith Leadership Build Day
Rummage Sale Benefiting Habitat
Safeway Classic LPGA Tour - Tickets 'FORE' Charity
Volunteer Spotlight:
Terrill & Becky Jarvis

Terrill and Becky Jarvis have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East since 2007. The Jarvis' take care of all of Habitat's networking and computing needs, pro bono, through their company, Electronics Unlimited. Terrill is an expert in hardware, software, anti-virus, computer maintenance, and security. Becky handles marketing, customer relations, and scheduling.
Terrill and Becky started Electronics Unlimited in 1995 and have enjoyed working together to make their business successful. They consider their company a "community-based business" and were excited to be able to give back to the community by donating their services to Habitat for Humanity. Through in-kind donations like this, Habitat is able to keep our operating costs low and build more affordable houses with hardworking families in our community.
We thank Terrill and Becky for their commitment to Habitat! We couldn't do it without them!
If you are interested in donating materials or services "in-kindness" to Habitat for Humanity, please contact Shannon Tennant at 503.289.9529x13 or fill out our online in-kind donation form.
Interfaith Leadership Build Day

Thursday, Sept. 23
8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rivergate Commons
4737 N. Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East invites leaders from all faiths to the Interfaith Leadership Build Day at Rivergate Commons in north Portland.

Please contact Marianne McClure at 503.287.9529x14 if you would like to join us in picking up a hammer and putting your faith in action.
Rummage Sale Benefiting Habitat

Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
795 E. Powell Blvd.
Gresham, OR 97030

Who doesn't love a good rummage sale! Join us at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham to hunt for bargains! All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity and the Thrivent Builds sponsored home at Lents Landing in SE Portland.

If you'd like to donate items for the sale, please drop off between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on August 12 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

We hope to see you there!
Please contact Marianne McClure at 503.287.9529x14 for more information.
Safeway Classic LPGA Tour - Tickets 'FORE' Charity
August 16 to 22, 2010
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Rd.
North Plains, OR 97133

The Safeway Classic is
coming to the prestigious Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club from August 16-22. This LPGA Tour event will showcase the premier professional women golfers on the Ghost Creek Course.

Your weekly tournament ticket is good for admission all days. Not only does your ticket get you in to see the best female golfers in the world, but 100% of its proceeds go towards the charity of your choice- Habitat, of course!

Purchase your tickets by
clicking here and choosing Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East as your designated charity!
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