The Blog

December 17, 2018

Michael Thurmond to speak at Athens Area Habitat gala

Georgia political leader and author Michael L. Thurmond will speak at the annual Athens Area Habitat for Humanity gala on January 24th, 2019. The son of a Clarke County sharecropper, Mr. Thurmond went on to become an attorney, state representative, head of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia commissioner of labor, and CEO Read More

October 24, 2018

Habitat ReStore manager shares his passion for music in Athens

If you’re a customer of Athens Habitat’s east side ReStore, you’ve probably met assistant manager Will Pogue. But you probably didn’t know that Will is also the president of the Classic City Band. And if you don’t know what the Classic City Band is, have we got a Halloween treat for you! “We are the longest Read More

October 1, 2018

Athens Area Habitat celebrates World Habitat Day

  Every year, Habitat for Humanity improves the living conditions of more than 3 million people around the world. Even for folks who are involved with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, it’s easy to forget just how much work Habitat does around the world. Here at Athens Area Habitat, we’re wrapping up the multi-year Read More

October 1, 2018

The “Committee” That Builds Homes … and Hope

There’s an old joke — “for God so loved the world, He did not send a committee”. But in Athens, GA, there’s a committee that’s been quietly building, renovating, and repairing homes for low-income neighbors since the early ’90s. They’re called the “Committee of 1000” and they support the mission of their local Habitat for Read More

September 19, 2018

Celebrating Madison County, GA

If you like good food, live music, and a lively auction, well, you’re in luck because Madison County Habitat for Humanity is hosting their Celebrate Madison County event this Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, in Hull, GA, with proceeds benefitting the local Habitat’s mission to provide affordable housing in the area. Madison County Habitat is celebrating Read More

August 2, 2018

Athens Area Habitat Turns 30 – JP Watkins to Retire

It’s hard to believe now, but Habitat for Humanity was just 12 years old when it opened an affiliate in Athens, GA, in August of 1988. Today, Habitat is one of the largest builders in the US and one of the most widely known and respected non-profits in the world. And Athens Area Habitat — Read More

July 27, 2018

Athens muralist Jess Ulrich brightens up the local Habitat ReStore

Local outdoor artist hopes to see more public art around Athens — “There are a lot of blank walls that need some color to them.” “I think it’s inspiring for people to see butterflies in the most random place possible,” says Athens, GA, artist Jessica Ulrich. “It brightens people’s day.” An extensive new mural by Read More

July 13, 2018

How a Sandwich Builds a House

Local Athens eateries help build their community … literally! You can’t build a house without power. At Athens Area Habitat, we power our tools with electricity, and we power our crew and volunteers with excellent food catered by Athens area restaurants. As part of the Great Chain of Life, which you might remember from your Read More

May 25, 2018

Solving the Puzzle of Affordable Housing

How local artists, entrepreneurs, and hobbyists are helping to fund the building and renovation of homes for low-income residents in Athens, GA It all started in the summer of 2017 while Brian and Paige Dixon were staring at a shelf full of jigsaw puzzles, searching for something besides the same old seascapes, landscapes, balloon races, Read More

May 11, 2018

How Birdhouses Will Help Rescue Families from Homelessness

In April of 2018, the Athens, GA, affiliate of Habitat for Humanity raised over $18,000 by auctioning donated fine art pieces inspired by birdhouses, ranging from delicate jewelry to sculptures more than five feet tall. With that sum, Athens Area Habitat can completely restore an apartment to house a family in need. But by joining Read More

May 9, 2018

“Kinda Tiny” Homes Come to Athens

American families are shrinking, but their homes are growing. Despite a decline in average family size in the US since the 1970s, average home size has ballooned by 50% to more than 2,500 square feet. The “tiny house” movement is looking to change that. “We can’t have true tiny homes in Athens,” says Athens Area Read More

April 6, 2018

Fine Art Birdhouses on Display Around Athens

Athens, GA, is enjoying a city-wide display of birdhouses, just in time for spring.  But unlike most birdhouses, these sell for hundreds of dollars each. Over 40 artists from the Athens area have donated their work to the Ultimate Birdhouse Exhibit & Auction to benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. While some pieces are fully Read More

January 25, 2018

Athens Area Habitat Celebrates Another Year of Affordable Housing

A little bit of snow didn’t stop Athens Area Habitat for Humanity from throwing a great party for the Committee of 1,000 in downtown Athens, GA, this past Thursday, an event co-sponsored by Georgian Hall and Thrivent Financial. The Georgian Hall’s historic grand ballroom in downtown Athens, GA, provided an elegant backdrop for this year’s Read More

December 8, 2017

Donations to Habitat Are Always “Matched”

You’ve probably donated to a “matching” campaign before, where others give if you do.  But did you know… all your donations to Athens Area Habitat are dollar-matched, and then some! Habitat for Humanity didn’t start in Georgia, although the idea was born here. Its core formula for creating decent, affordable housing was conceived in Sumter Read More

November 16, 2017

The Power of Small Gifts

Did you know… if a thousand people gave just $70 each, that’s enough to build a new 3-bedroom, 2-bath home for a family in Athens, GA. Every year, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity expands the rolls of its Committee of 1000, a group of local citizens who pool their giving to literally build their community Read More