Weyerhaeuser Alumni Campaign

Weyerhaeuser Alumni Build

The Weyerhaeuser Alumni leadership group, comprised of eight retired company executives, originally came together late last year with the idea to lead an effort that to date has resulted in pledges from 94 of their former colleagues. The total commitment is $1.18 million over five years to Habitat affiliates in Seattle – King County and Tacoma – Pierce County.

The idea for the campaign rose from a half-day tour of several current and former projects in South King County that two members of the Habitat SKC Board who are former Weyerhaeuser executives – Steve Hill and Bob Moore – arranged for two of their former colleagues.

For this first build at La Fortuna, the partner family selected for the Weyerhaeuser home is the Clay Family. Trina Clay is raising her son, Ji’Aire, and her daughter, Nyasia in the Seattle area. She is currently employed as a Housing Stability Specialist, and supports communities in Seattle by assisting homeless families obtain housing and remain stabilized. Trina also works at a homeless shelter as an advocate for adult women and men. Through Habitat, she will be a first-time homeowner in a nice neighborhood. Trina loves the idea that Habitat owners must put in sweat equity for their home, as, she says, “it instills pride and appreciation in one’s new home.”

Said Steve Hill, “Trina and her family represent exactly the type of deserving community members we are working to assist to purchase a home. We are so excited to meet her and work alongside her to make her dream a reality.”

The city of Renton is a fast-growing suburb that is an ideal location to raise a family. Renton’s high-performing schools and high-quality medical care make it attractive to families. When completed, Habitat’s La Fortuna project will consist provide housing for 12 families in three buildings at the end of a private road, each with two four-bedroom (1,300 sq. ft.) end units and two three-bedroom (1,100 sq. ft.) interior units. The sustainable units are certified to Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards, and represent some of the only new, permanent, single-family housing solutions suitable and affordable for low-income families in this part of Southeast King County.

Weyerhauser Alumni Build team photo

Thanks to our Weyerhaeuser Alumni Donors!

  • Rodger and Peggy Anger
  • Bruce Beckett
  • Patty and Ronald Bedient
  • Debbie  Bingham
  • Douglas and Colleen Bowersock
  • Charles and Heidi Brock
  • Donna  Brown
  • Larry  Burrows and Dawne Widener-Burrows
  • Dwain and Dawn Cless
  • Jimmy and Linda Collins
  • Tom  Cook and Kim White
  • Bill and Carolyn Corbin
  • Mike and Nancy Cordry
  • Janet  Creighton
  • Jim and Julie Crotts
  • Robert and Beverly Dockstader
  • Sheri and Jeff Dunn
  • Stanley and Allane Eastberg
  • Dan and Mareth Fulton
  • Debbie  Geiger
  • Carl  Geist
  • Tom and Sue Gideon
  • Robert  Gipe and Betsy Fine
  • Claire and Paul Grace
  • Mark  Gray and Erin Fowler
  • Jack and Sheila Green
  • Peter  Grogan
  • Jayasri and Santosh Guha
  • Carlos  Guilherme
  • Richard and Joy Hanson
  • Harry  Harpold
  • Anne and Tim Healey
  • James  Hemphill
  • Effenus  Henderson
  • Steve and Sandy Hill
  • Jeanne  Hillman
  • Gloria  Hunt
  • Melinda  Iacolucci
  • Jason Johnson
  • James and Judy Keller
  • Dar and Paul Krahner
  • Nancy Kuehnoel and Mark Proulx
  • David  Kumar
  • Robert Lane
  • Steve Lewis
  • Rick and Sue Little
  • Sally  Lofquist
  • Scott and Cheryl MacIntosh
  • Pat and Kelly Malley
  • Stephen Margolin
  • Tom and Cricket Hewitt Markl
  • Sandra  Marshall
  • Susan and Matt Maury
  • Tom and Karen McCracken
  • John and Joan McMahon
  • Bob and Margaret Moore
  • Jeff and Sachie Nitta
  • Jeff and Margie Nomi
  • Bob  Olson
  • Peter and Laura Orser
  • Jan Pauw
  • Cassie  Phillips
  • Nicole Piasecki and Peter Heymann
  • Cindy and Mark Piennett
  • Richard and Gail Pierson
  • Brad  Pomroy
  • Allison Renz
  • David and Karen Sharp
  • Kevin Shearer
  • Peter and Barbara Sherland
  • Doyle and Alane Simons
  • Dale and Mary Beth Sowell
  • Mark and Linda Starnes
  • David and Esther Still
  • Tom  Walker
  • George  Weyerhaeuser
  • Marilyn  Wilfong
  • Kim Williams and Trevor Miller
  • Chuck and Cathy Williamson
  • Robert and Cynthia Wroblewski
  • Jian Wu
  • Anonymous (17)

Benefits of Upcycling

Upcycling is also known as creative reuse. It’s the process of taking worn-out products such as chairs, couches, and cabinets and transforming them into new materials for better environmental value.

The trend has been growing with more and more individuals becoming more environmentally conscious.

How does Upcycling Help the Environment?

Essentially, it keeps waste out of landfills, water, and the air not to mention that it sets an example for others as it raises awareness of environmental issues.

Did you know that it takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton T-shirt? When people upcycle, it lowers the amount of materials industries use to make products ultimately lowering potential pollution.

How do I Benefit from Upcycling?

Upcycling brings a plethora of benefits not just environmentally, but mentally. Upcycling boosts creativity, builds community, and acts as a catalyst when teaching others basic home repair skills.

Building something out of nothing is great to collaborate with peers in the local area to build connections and come together to make something great, such as a pallet bed frame.

You can make money doing this?

Yes, you can!

In fact, companies are buying low-products and using them to produce new merchandise for their shops. Those who have the creativity can turn that useless chair into a gem that someone will love and cherish.

Upcycling is trending and people are taking advantage of this new phenomenon. It allows people to learn and preserve their favorite household items and turn them into treasure either for themselves or to profit from. After all, reuse stores are abundant in the nation and the numbers only grow time goes on.

While this new-age hobby is becoming more prevalent the real benefit is that it cuts down on pollution and waste as it restores life in useable materials while lowering the amount of waste from entering landfills across the nation. After all, the earth is our home it’s our job to keep it clean.

Brief History of Habitat Stores

Habitat for Humanity Stores in Auburn, Bellevue, and SouthcenterThe Habitat for Humanity Stores play a vital role in the organization’s mission of building a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

In 1991, the very first Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Winnipeg, Canada with the first ReStore in the United States opening in Austin, Texas. Since then, the Habitat ReStores have been expanding with close to 1,000 stores open in 5 different countries!

As for Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County, we launched our first Store in SODO on February 16th, 2008 with the Bellevue Store opening shortly after on August 20th, 2011.

On January 15th, 2016, Habitat SKC relocated the SODO Store south to its current location in Southcenter. On July 13th, 2018, the Auburn Store (Habitat SKC’s 3rd Store!) opened its doors to the lovely city of Auburn, WA.

The ReStores themselves have raised well over a 100 million dollars as an additional source of revenue to help build homes and repair homes for hardworking families.

On a regular basis, people gather at the ReStores to either shop, donate their slightly used goods, or volunteer their time to the Store. After all, the Stores play their role as a community builder in the local area.

Many come to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores to gather materials for their own home repair with prices that beat the standard retail price. Furthermore, depending on one’s specific area, some of the ReStores offer classes and workshops to educate people on upcycling to lengthen the life of the owner’s favorite furniture pieces.

Regardless, since 1991, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores have made an impact, not only in the organization itself, but as a resource for those who live in the community. They prevent usable goods from going to landfills and provide affordable materials that every homeowner needs to keep their house in top condition.