Photos by Kelly Gayara 

In this Newsletter:
  • Hammers for Habitat -Times Square Build
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • Introducing the Carpenter's Club 
  • Don't miss the Women Build Luncheon and Fashion Show on June 18 
  • Cars for Homes
Habitat in Monmouth builds house in Times Square

On March 19, over 50 volunteers from Lowe's and our Monmouth County affiliate journeyed to NYC to build a house in the middle of Times Square. The opportunity was a product of a national partnership with Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity. Lowe's recently renewed its commitment to Habitat for Humanity International with a five-year, $23.5 million donation that will bring Lowe's total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. 

Our Times Square project was one of 10 home builds that took place across the country to celebrate Lowe's longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity and kick off "Hammers for Habitat," a nationwide volunteer drive to mobilize 100,000 new Habitat volunteers this year in support of Habitat's goal of serving one million people annually by 2018. Builds also took place in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, La., Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and St. Louis.

The house was deconstructed on March 21, but will find a permanent home in Sea Bright, NJ for a new Habitat family that will return home after months of being displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  More than 90 volunteers participated in the Times Square build - framing, assembling and disassembling the two-bedroom home - that will be re-assembled in Sea Bright after the foundation is set.  

For more information on the event, including pictures and media coverage please visit




Volunteer Spotlight: Hammers for Habitat Volunteers
Photo by John Branciforte
"Every little child who ever received a tool kit for Christmas always dreamed of building a house. Well my "dream" came true. It was one of the best experiences of my life..." That is how one of our volunteers from the Hammers for Habitat project described the way he felt about building a house in three days.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 100 volunteers, our affiliate had the privilege of building a house for the Morris family, who lost their home to Sandy, in the middle of Times Square. The house was built in partnership with Lowe's and brought together in just under two weeks. We mobilized our volunteers and got to work quickly - building wall panels before the event, ordering roof trusses and securing transportation.  On March 18, volunteers from Lowe's and from Habitat showed up at midnight to lay the special base to protect the new surface of Times Square.  Floor panels were assembled overnight, and by 7 am, the next shift of volunteers arrived to raise the walls. Work continued all day Thursday, even as we were featured on Good Morning America in partnership with Lowe's and its campaign to generate 100,000 new volunteers for Habitat throughout the country. By Friday, our team packed it all up, took the house apart in pieces, and prepared it for transport back to New Jersey.

This event is a great testimony to the power of volunteering! Thank you to the 94 construction and 16 administrative support volunteers - including some of our most dedicated affiliate volunteers - who helped make this new home possible! Through your efforts, we were able to turn this opportunity into a reality. This month the spotlight is on you!


p.s. Here you are in action in this lapse video courtesy of Lowe's!

Introducing the Carpenter's Club 


Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is pleased to introduce the Carpenter's Club, a new giving program, as part of this year's Lenten season. This program provides our supporters with a tangible way to put faith into action and make a difference for hundreds of local families across our service area of Monmouth County. By joining our Carpenter's Club, you pledge to make a financial gift annually toward our new home builds, Sandy repairs, A Brush with Kindness Program, and other programs that benefit homeowners in Monmouth County. 


As a member of the Carpenter's Club, you will receive:

  • Habitat for Humanity lapel pin upon receipt of your pledge card.  
  • Added to our mailing list to receive bi-annual newsletters and other special updates regarding our programs.    
  • Listing and acknowledgement in the Carpenter's Club section of our bi-annual newsletter. 
  • Receive advanced invitations to all project groundbreakings and house dedications to meet volunteers and partner families.

We invite you to become a member of the Carpenter's Club today. Please see our brochure below for more information.  

Save the Date! Women Build Luncheon and Fashion Show on June 18


On June 18, 2014, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County will host the "From the Glamour 
to the Hammer" Luncheon/Fashion Show and Gift Boutique Raffle at Branches in West Long Branch. This inaugural event will bring together women from across our community to support Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County's mission to provide safe and affordable housing in Northeast and Western Monmouth County. It also serves as the kickoff to our week-long Women Build event; scheduled to begin on July 14, 2014.

We are pleased to announce the community partners who will be recognized for their outstanding contributions at the luncheon. The 2014 Women Build Honorees includes:

  • Partners in Disaster Recovery Award - The American Red Cross
  • Corporate Citizen Award - Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
  • Community Partner Award - The Jersey Strong Foundation
  • Glamour to the Hammer Volunteer Award -  Evangelia Papamarkou
Help us to celebrate the many women volunteers that have what it takes to pound nails, frame walls, raise a roof and create HOPE.



Tickets are $60 per person, seating is limited. For more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call  732-728-0441 ext. 3 or click here to reserve online

Link to the pdf here.

Did you know the 2013 Home for the Holidays Cars for Homes Campaign raised over $5,000 for our affiliate! Thanks to everyone who donated their old vehicles to help build and repair homes. If you have an old car or boat that you wish to donate please visit for more information. All donations are tax deductible!

Volunteers pose with Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter during the 2013 Carter Work Project in Union Beach 
Volunteer Opportunities


If you are interested in volunteering on a construction site, in the office or on a commitee or if your corporate, school or church group would like to organize a volunteer day, please contact Kate Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator at


Please email the Volunteer Coordinator if you would like to sign up for a day on the construction schedule.

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County
193 Long Branch Avenue
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

Telephone: 732-728-0441


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