Monday, September 28, 2009

We Need Your Help!

September is almost over, and I realize I haven't given any updates in a while. Progress on the Thrivent Builds house is going nicely. I forgot to take a picture of it on Friday, but got this shot of volunteers painting one of the nearby houses. The Thrivent Builds house is at about the same stage, with the exterior mostly done.

But we still need your help! There's lots more work to do on the Thrivent Builds house, including painting, flooring, cabinets, trim and more. Your congregation can also help by raising funds for the portion that we local Lutherans are required to raise as part of the Thrivent Builds project. Email or call Eliza Schissel at (510) 251-6304, ext. 360 and find out more about how you can get involved. When you sign up to volunteer, be sure to note that you're a Lutheran (and Thrivent member, if applicable.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

GRID Alternatives 2009 Solar-a-thon

Yesterday GRID Alternatives held their 2009 solar-a-thon. More than 250 volunteers and staff installed solar panels on 16 houses in Habitat for Humanity East Bay's Edes development. The unusual weather may have dampened things a little, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the volunteers, and the cloudy skies made it cooler for the crews working on the roofs. I've uploaded more pictures of the solar-a-thon here. A big thanks to all the solar-a-thon volunteers and sponsors. Thanks to you, the Thrivent Builds house and other Habitat houses now have solar photovoltaic systems!