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Volunteers Make a Big Difference

Volunteers Make a Big Difference

This interesting piece of original art was recently donated to the Teays Valley ReStore, and it brought back many good memories.

1886  The National Carbon Company was founded

1917  Union Carbide Co. merged with National Carbon Co. to form Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation

2001  Dow Chemical Company acquired Union Carbide

When The Dow Chemical Company acquired Union Carbide in 2001, many of the Carbide engineers retired early. In their new-found free time, a large contingent of retires started volunteering on Habitat for Humanity job sites building homes.

The leaders among these volunteers formed the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Crews:  groups of dedicated volunteers that worked on the job site on their assigned day every week.

Tuesday Crew

 

Wednesday Crew

 

Thursday Crew

 

Through the years, these volunteers have built many Habitat for Humanity homes for people in need of affordable housing in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Many members of the original crews are going strong and attended Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Luncheon on December 11th in the Homeowner Education & Community Center.

We love and appreciate all our volunteers, but we have a special place in our hearts for the crews.

You can volunteer too! Click here for more information.

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

New friends sharing their art and sharing their time.

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The Charleston Art Group consists of individuals that came together for the opportunity to socialize with other local artists, make new friends and get inspired! Not knowing each other previously, they have now developed a creative network of like-minded cohorts that enjoy bouncing ideas off each other, learning new techniques, and admiring each other’s talent.

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The Charleston Art Group was the brainchild of Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Having recently moved to Charleston, Tookie was longing for the companionship she enjoyed during open studio time with various art groups  in Florida.  When Tookie couldn’t find a similar group in Charleston, she started her own! The Charleston Art Group now meets every Tuesday in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

Join Tookie and the other Art Group regulars.

As Tookie would say, everyone has an artist inside of them, bring yours to the Charleston Art Group’s Open Studio!

No fees, memberships, experience or expectations apply.

Tuesday from 9:00 AM –  1:00 PM   &   Thursday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

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All types of artists are welcome at Open Studio: jewelry makers, painters, fine artists, digital artists, knitters and crafters.

The group is for adults only and parking is available directly across the street from the Homeowner Education & Community Center at 815 Court St. in Charleston.

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Learn more about the Charleston Art Group by joining their Facebook Group: Charleston, W.Va. Art Group.

Mosaic Stepping Stone DIY

How to Make a Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone

1. Find the perfect mold. Aluminum pie plates or Jello molds commonly available at a dollar store work well.

2. Trace the opening of the mold on paper.

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Design

3. Layout your tile design on the paper within the boundaries of the traced mold.

4. Mix grout or mortar by following the instructions on the bag.

5. Spray the mold with Pam cooking spray if you would like to retain the mold for future use.

6. Pour 2’” – 3” of grout or mortar into the mold.

7. Tap the bubbles out by hitting the sides of the mold with a hard blunt object.

8. Allow the filling to set until it becomes a bit more solid (consistency similar to mashed potatoes).

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Gouted

9. Press tiles into the filling making sure they are level with the surface.

10. Gently remove any haze from the top of the tiles by wiping them with a sponge and water.

11. Allow the stepping stone to dry in the mold for two days.

12. Flip the mold over and pop out.

ReDesign Intern, Hannah Gilpen

Community Connections by TGKVF

Community Connections

Community Connections is a monthly production of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Jane Powell, Marketing Director of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, hosts the informative and thought-provoking program. Amy McLaughlin, ReStore Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was her guest for the December 2015 episode.

During the 15 minute show, Amy discusses the way ReStore fits into Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s mission. She also talks about a few ReStore environmental initiatives including the remixed latex paint program and the rain garden. Jane ends the interview by inquiring about the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and future plans for ReStore growth.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

The Mission of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is to make thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive. These forms of wealth include the individual, intellectual, social, political, natural, built, and financial assets within our community. The Foundation exists to help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits improve the lives within the community now and for generations to come by creating charitable funds each with their own philanthropic purpose and providing grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community.

 

 

 

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