Building simple, decent homes for God's people in need since 1989
291 Chestnut Street, # 284, Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-7874

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Current Habitat Happenings:

Our Retreat Saturday, Nov. 2 will substitute for our regular November Board meeting. Our next regular Board meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 2nd.
Call (607) 432-7874 and leave a message if you'd like to attend our retreat. We'll call you back with details.
Thank you to all the runners who came out to the

Raise the Roof Fun Run!

Click here for Results.
Visit our Facebook page for photos.

We're currently building a new home in Milford (Portlandville)

See Construction Report

The Gilmore Home is Finished!
Thanks to everyone who helped.

We'd love to see you at the Next site when we start up again - this time in Portlandville. .  More Volunteer Information...

Gilmore House

OUR VOLUNTEER HUB is up and running! Just click on our "Volunteer Now!" button above, or on the "Volunteer NOW Sign-up" link to the left. . . or click right HERE   :-)  !


Portlandville Property (Town of Milford)

This past week, because of the rain on Thursday, we could not get sheetrock into the house, but it came on Saturday, as did the sun. The cellar insulation was finished and work continued on furnace duct work. We got a good start on sheet rocking the walls. The attic hatchway was constructed. Work on the cellar stairs was started to bring them into compliance with code requirements. The storage container was cleaned out in preparation for its removal. Material and tools no longer needed were taken to the pole barn, and taping materials were brought to the job site.

Trash was loaded up and will be taken to the transfer station (along with additions from Morse St. where the clean-up around the outside continues). Two groups of students from SUCO helped with all of this. We could not have got it all done without them.

This coming week we will continue to sheet rock the walls, finish the furnace ducting, and who knows what? The finish grading may be started.

This coming Saturday, several of the regular volunteers who are on the Board of Directors will not be at the job site due to the Board having a meeting that day. The rumor is that the volunteers will be given a pay raise - ha, ha. Because there will be fewer people on site, IT WAS DECIDED THAT LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, AND ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE ASKED TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH! There are plenty of chips and drink on site along with some PB &J.
Respectfully submitted,
Mike Donahue (from information provided by Bruce Downie)
For the HFHOC Construction Committee

Tuesday December 2nd is our next regular Board Meeting.



Are held the first Tuesday of each month,
7:00pm at the Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Come join us  •  Call 432-7874 with any questions.
see DONATE options.




Board Meetings
Open to public First Tuesday of each month;

Board meetings are usually 7:00 pm at the Elm Park Methodist Church (401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta). The public is welcome. Walk through the open kitchen area and through the doorway in the back left side. Turn right into the hallway, the room is just up that hallway on the left - you'll hear us. Call our office 607-432-7874 with questions. You can leave a message and we'll get back to you..You may have to leave a message, but we'll get back to you just as soon as we can. Or email:

Committee Meetings

Family Selection Committee:
Third Wednesday of each month (not during winter), Elm Park Methodist Church or Cooperstown location, 7:00 pm. Check with the Office (432-7874) about meeting times and places, you may need to leave a message, but we'll get back to you ASAP.

Family Support Committee:
Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm. Check with the Office (432-7874) about meeting times and places, you may need to leave a message, but we'll get back to you ASAP.

Fund Raising Committee:
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm in Oneonta. Chair is Brenda Balcom (643-6145). Check with Brenda for confirmed time and place.

Publicity Committee:
The 4th Tuesday evening of each month, 46 Ford Ave., Oneonta, 7:00 pm.
Chair: Steve Walsh; Members: Barbara Dauria (web), Marie Hegeman, Meaghan Swan, Anna Stave.

Note to other committees
Please email with your meeting information (preferably with general meeting times, so we don't have to revise eachonth - but we can do that if you need), and we will post it here.


 Past Events and Thank-Yous!


F&M Concrete Casting
donated the kitchen countertops for our home on Miles Street.
THANK YOU, Frank Stanley

Check out their website -they produce beautiful countertops.

Dennis Murray 
We miss you!
Dennis Murray photo
Dennis Murray
was one of the very best of us. He volunteered, then supervised. He supervised construction when we were working on one, two, and three homes at once! And he still donated half his time (essentially doubling his workload) while he worked as our paid supervisor.
      Later, he drew up our house plans, even when he was home and not well. As one of our volunteers described, "He had a twinkle about him." He was always pleasant to be around. And one of his last wishes was for those who wanted to honor his memory, to donate to our Habitat Chapter.
     The"CONTRIBUTE HERE" buttontakes you to our PayPal accunt, where you can donate in his name. Be sure to mention Dennis in the "notes" section there.We sincerely thank all of Dennis's family for sharing him with us. _______________

Home Dedication Photo page (in process, check back)

Fun Run Photos 2012


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Ways to Donate

Car Donation

Click here to donate a car (It's easy, no matter how old or dead! They'll even come and get it.)

Or click below to donate on line. . .

To mail us a donation, send to:
Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County,
Suite #284, 291 Chestnut St.,
Oneonta, NY  13820-1229.


We always need land!

We are currently looking for a building plots in the Oneonta and Cooperstown School District. If you are able to donate land, or know of some inexpensive land for sale anywhere in the county, please either email us or call 432-7874


This is a list of stuff that we sure wish we had. If you are of a mind to donate any of these things, we’d be proud to take it. And remember, your donations are tax-deductible and we can supply you with a receipt. Call our office at 432-7874, leave a message about how you can help, and we'll get back to you..

Pennies from Heaven:

Cash – we are always grateful to receive, in any amount. And stop by our office to check out our Habitat merchandise – books, hammers, notecards – all priced to sell!

All your worldly goods:

We always need refreshments for our laborers. Lunches, morning snacks, and juice, iced tea, lemonade, and sports beverages would be terrific.

We need people to volunteer behind the scenes
on our family, fundraising, public relations, and volunteer committees. And people for our Board of Directors. For a relatively small donation of your time, you will receive a world of fun and friendship in return.
We would like a person who has the experience and contacts to promote us to local and county governments.
We would also like a person with photo/video experience who could develop a promotional video!
And if you have specific building skills to bring to the site
(and maybe a desire to teach or lead a small crew) – wow!


Sign-up as a volunteer, to work with us. Go to our "Volunteer Now" sign-up page.
You'll be asked for some simple information
(We don't use this information to solicit in any way!) If the link doesn't work call (607-432-7874)

Covenant Churches

have made a commitment to support the Otsego County HFH through prayer, volunteer effort, and/or a financial commitment. Our covenant churches include:

First United Methodist (Oneonta)
Christ Church (Gilbertsville)
Elm Park Methodist (Oneonta)
Unitarian Universalist Society (Oneonta)
St. Mary's RC Church (Oneonta)
First Baptist (Oneonta)
First Presbyterian (Cooperstown)
Christ Episcopal Church (Cooperstown)

We thank you and greatly appreciate your help!


Karen Joest: President
Bruce Downie: Vice President
Brenda Balcom: Secretary
Peggy Fowler: Treasurer
Wende Ebberts:Assistant Treasurer
Mary Ann Dowdell
Jeanne Miller
Bill O'Dea

Board Meetings: The first* Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM, Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. All are welcome. Open to the public.

Board Members:
Joe Camarata, Leslie Craigmyle, Barbara Dauria, Starr Hobb, Jane Miller, Bill O'Dea, Steve Walsh, and Cecilia Zapata

Committee Chairs

Barb Dauria & Melanie Loucks: Family Selection,
Jane Miller: Family Support,
Bill O'Dea: Finance,
Brenda Balcom: Fundraising
Steve Walsh: Publicity
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