FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CORVALLIS, OR – Sept. 13, 2016 – On September 20, 2016, the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club will be presenting Benton Habitat for Humanity with a check for $6,500 to retrofit two of the Benton Habitat for Humanity Homes located at 5th Ave. in Corvallis with Solar Panels. The presentation event will take place at 4:30 PM in Little Fields Park on the corner of SW 5th Street and SW B Avenue.
This collaboration is the first of its kind locally between the two groups. Karen Rockwell, the executive director of Benton Habitat said of the venture that, “I couldn’t be more excited about the Sierra Club’s decision to select Benton Habitat for Humanity to partner with on this project. Providing these funds allows us to provide Habitat homeowners with increased affordability and environmental sustainability. Not only will the cost of power to the families be substantially reduced, the project also goes hand-in-hand with our community’s sustainability goals!”
In addition to the Sierra Club’s generous donation, the nonprofit group Seeds for the Sol will be providing financial resources and expertise. Solar power company, Abundant Solar, will be providing discounted labor and will be donating two inverters. Rockwell is excited about the collaboration, marrying affordable housing and environmental sustainability.
The entire community is invited to the check presentation and signing ceremony. The Benton Habitat homeowners will be present for the signing the solar installation documents. There will be brief remarks followed by an exterior tour of the Habitat homes being retrofitted with solar panel units.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 PM at Little Fields Park in Corvallis (near the intersection of 5th Street and B Avenue) on Sept. 20.
Interview Contact: Karen Rockwell, Executive Director
Benton Habitat for Humanity
Telephone: (541) 752-3354
4840 SW Philomath Blvd
PO Box 1551
Corvallis, OR 97339
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Benton Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce Joe Whinnery as its new President and Van Melick as Vice President of its Board of Directors. In addition, Terry Neumann and Carl Christianson recently joined as Board members.
The newly elected President Joe Whinnery retired from a career in Parks Operations and Management with the City of Corvallis seven years ago. He now spends much of his time serving on the Habitat Board of Directors and it Home Repair Committee. Joe and his long-time partner, Karen, are active participants in their home community of Wren.
Vice President Van Melick is a mortgage broker with Directors Mortgage. He is the father of two children, aged 18 and 15. Van has lived in Corvallis since 2002. He has served on the board of directors with Food for Lane County and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.
Terry Neumann graduated from the University of Oregon where he focused on International Business. He spent the last 25 years as the owner of operator of the Corvallis Grocery Outlet in partnership with his wife Jan. After retiring in May 2015, he became a licensed Realtor and Broker with Keller Williams Mid-Willamette Realty.
New Board member Carl Christianson purchased his father’s general contracting and remodeling company, G. Christianson Construction in 2014. Carl grew up in Corvallis, attended Crescent Valley High School, and graduated from Oregon State University with an honors degree in Construction Engineering Management.
Executive Director, Karen Rockwell said, “We are excited to have these talented professionals join our team and help us continue the excellent work that we are accomplishing in Benton Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable housing in our community.”
This is a great opportunity for those looking to gain experience in social work and learn about the Habitat for Humanity partner family process. This spring internship is from March 1 to May 15.
Click this link for full position description: Family Services Internship
Submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on February 18, 2016.
Reports to: Executive Director
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