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Habitat Happenings - August 2021 


Affordable Housing Crisis


We need your help to collect stories from our community members who are struggling to find housing. Our goal is to bring awareness to the housing crisis happening in our own community right now. Please click to respond and/or share!

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Record-breaking numbers of families in New Jersey cannot afford a decent place to call home. 

Each year the shortage of affordable housing gets worse, with 1 in 6 households paying half or more of their income on their home.

Safe, secure homes at prices that are affordable and predictable are a foundation for good health and well-being.  Homes provide families with stability and a sense of being able to plan beyond tomorrow.

Our homes determine the neighborhoods we live in, our access to healthy food and good jobs with fair pay, and create opportunities for better health and well-being. Everyone deserves a fair opportunity to live in a safe, secure and affordable home.  

We need your support by joining us in KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY S.A.F.E. (Sheltered and Future Engaged).


Current Fundraiser


New Volunteer Opportunities



DelMoSports is looking for volunteers to work the IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City event September 10th and 12th, and has asked Habitat for Humanity Cape May for help! We will be eligible to receive a grant from the IRONMAN Foundation for volunteer efforts, so the more the merrier!

Friday, September 10th / athlete check-in

Sunday, September 12th / transition station & penalty tent. 



Unity Day

Look for our table during Unity Day at Fox Park Amphitheater in Wildwood on October 9th from 12pm to 5pm. Local churches, police and fire department, and community organizations will be uniting to provide information to the community. There will also be music, worship, free food and lots of fun. If you would like to volunteer as a Habitat representative send us an email at  elizabeth.franco@habitatcapemay.org. 



Annual Board of Directors Meeting


Tuesday, August 17 we held our Annual Board of Directors meeting. Highlights of the meeting include the adoption of the FY 21/22 Budget, unveiling of the 3 Year Plan and recap of successes for Fundraising, Family Support, Construction, Finance, HR and Nominating Committees. In addition, the Board elected the following as officers to serve for a term of one year beginning September, 2021.

President - Bill Simeral; Vice President -  Dave Hammond; Treasurer - Bruce Loversidge; Secretary - John Marcelliano

Continuing their service on the Board of Directors are Pat McCusker, Karen Thompson, Elizabeth Terenik, Sue White, Dave Adams, Quanette Vasser-McNeal, Dan Hawkins, and Michael Morley.

“Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to providing strength, stability and self-reliance through permanent shelter. With their eyes toward the future we will be expanding opportunity for homeownership in our towns, furthering community involvement by increasing our outreach and focusing on complimenting home construction with added services,” said Sarah Matthews, Executive Director. “We are excited to channel all this talent, expertise and energy into furthering our mission.”

Join Our Habitat Team


Store Associate/Stocker/Driver

The ReStore is hiring individuals who understand and support Habitat for Humanity’s mission, are able to work independently, have excellent organizational/problem solving/communication skills,  and a commitment to quality control and customer service. Donation Ambassadors for will be responsible for screening and pick-up of merchandise from donors, including appliances, furniture, fixtures and building materials. Responsibilities fluctuate between driving the truck and working within the ReStore. Year-round position. Must be at least 18 years old, able to lift 75 lbs, and have a valid Driver's License with a clean record.

Construction Manager - Marmora, NJ 

Our organization is growing and we’re now hiring an in house Construction Manager. This position is responsible for all new home and repair construction projects and carrying out the mission of HFHCM to work with families as they lift up their lives, by building safe, sound and affordable housing. This requires the ability to oversee a construction program that ties supplies, on-site labor (sub-contract, staff and volunteers) management, planning, budgeting, and production schedule to meet specified construction goals. The position is part-time, and requires communicating effectively with constituents, volunteers and professionals related to construction projects. 


September is National Preparedness Month


"Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love"
Being prepared for disasters starts at home. Everyone can be part of helping to prepare for emergencies. Young children and teens alike can be part of the process. As a parent, guardian, or other family member, you have an important role to play when it comes to protecting the children in your life and helping them be prepared in case disaster strikes. Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals , families and communities. 

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.


Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.



Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.



Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.


Habitat for Humanity Cape May County
20 Court House South Dennis Rd  | Cape May, New Jersey 08210
6094630244 | executive.director@habitatcapemay.org

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