2021 Good News Projects - New Opportunities

UUAA is part of an interfaith group of 14 area congregations, the "Good News Group" that has been working together since 1997 in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. We have helped 35 families (with over 66 children!) move into affordable, very energy efficient housing, primarily in Ypsilanti neighborhoods. We help families, neighborhoods and the environment-- and we laugh and have fun doing it.  Click on this link to view a map of the homes we have built and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

donate buttonAnd of course, we always need your donations to help pay for these community outreach programs. Use the Donate button to make an online donation (be sure to select "Habitat for Humanity" in the dropdown selection list).

 

This year we have three projects that need your help!

 


bugonflowerAppleridge Spring Clean-up Day! A NEW Volunteer Opportunity for 2021

20 Volunteers Needed! Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet at Appleridge Park, 2899 E Clark Rd

Bring your family -- anyone 14 and older can take part in this all-UUAA outdoor home projects day to help out in the Appleridge Neighborhood where several Habitat houses are located. Volunteers will plant, weed, clean gutters, install splash blocks, etc. (14-16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.)

All volunteers are required to wear masks on site. Please read the full COVID-19 Health and Safety Restrictions

View or download the volunteer flyer. 

To Volunteer for the work day...

#1 -- Sign up using this sign up link:

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#2 - Please fill out the electronic HHHV Volunteer waiver using this link.

All volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver once each year.
[If you cannot access the electronic waiver, you can download  print and sign this adult waiver and bring it on your volunteer day.]

 

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


May18 2019 groupOur 2021 Good News Home Renovation 

And of course we will be joining our Good News partner congregations and HHHV for UUAA's 22nd year of helping renovate a "Good News House".

The 2021 Good News Home is at 530 Browning in Ypsilanti.

Download the 2021 flyer

Directions to the house...

 

 

Sign up to work on this year's house using this sign up link:

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If you have not done so this year, you also need to out the electronic HHHV Volunteer waiver using this link.

All volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver once each year.
[If you cannot access the electronic waiver, you can download  print and sign this adult waiver and bring it on your volunteer day.]

 

We will be sending UUAA crews:
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Saturday, June 5th

Friday, June 18th

Saturday, July 10th

Friday, Aug 6th

Additional dates may be added as the season moves along, so please keep checking if you need a different date.

Due to the Covid19 restrictions, we will not be signing up lunch volunteers again this year.

COVID-19 Info: The pandemic safety precautions are still in place. Volunteers should bring your own mask, work gloves, eye protection, water bottle, and lunch. Volunteers will take a COVID-19 screening survey on site.

Site workers wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting splashed with paint or mud or sawdust.
No special skills needed. You will be taught how to carry out tasks.
All tools are provided. You can bring your own tools if you want, but please mark them to make sure they go home with you!

 The site work can include installing insulation, installing windows, floor repair, wall repair, caulking, installing blueboard, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, lighting, painting, landscaping and other related work. We might even get to do some demolition at the beginning of the 2020 projects.

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 THANK YOU to many UU supporters who helped to pay for the 2020 home renovations. In this unusual year, we are so very grateful to say that we  surpassed our $7000 goal. And of course, every extra dollar we collect helps Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley projects in our community, especially during the curent pandemic! Checks can be made out to UUAA (with "Habitat" in the memo line) and mailed to the church at 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor 48103-8739. Or you can make a credit card donation using the Donate button above. (Be sure to check the "Habitat for Humanity" box.)

 For over 20 years now, UUAA has provided strong support for this wonderful community outreach. If you would like to read more about Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley's work to help Habitat neighborhoods during COVID-19, follow this link.

To learn more about UUAA's involvement in Habitat for Humanity projects, you can watch this video.

 If you would like to find out more about our projects or how to volunteer read more on this page or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The 2020 Good News Home

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We are very happy to introduce you to Yvette Daniels, the owner of the 2020 Good News House. You can read all about her in this biography she provided to Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

 Photos of the 2020 work crews are available on the Good News website: www.h4h.org/goodnewsgroup.

The 2020 home is at 1622 Wiard Blvd in Ypsilanti (see map). Most of our initial work on the house was demolition, but the house quickly became a beautiful solid home.

 

 

 


 

 

 May18 2019 work group

Good News House All-UU Work Crew on May 18, 2019 - click for more photos

 

You can visit the Good News Website for lots of photos and more information about this high-impact, multi-faith community outreach.

 

More Good News Project Information

Thank you to all generous UU's who have given financial and hands-on work site contributions to this amazingly effective and rewarding community outreach since our involvement began in 2000.

Since 2009 we have renovated foreclosed homes rather than building new homes, saving resources and helping to stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild communities. A win, win, win situation.

Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley has been focusing on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Learn more on the HHHV web site.

 

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization whose mission is to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need. Homeowner families are carefully selected based on income and other guidelines. The families are required to contribute hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” to their homes or other Habitat projects and they are required to attend classes on home repair and managing finances.

For more information follow these links:

Good News House web site (carries the most current information when a build is in progress)

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Habitat for Humanity International.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about our Habitat for Humanity partnership.

Thank you for all of your help!