Thank you for Giving to the Max!

Thank you for opening doors for families like this on Give to the Max Day and every other day of the year!

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce together we surpassed our Give to the Max Day goal! We are thankful to all of those who answered the call to amplify your giving and help families in our community discover the impact a simple, affordable – and permanent home can have in their lives and in the lives of the generations to come.

You have made this Give to the Max Day the best one yet for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity; we can’t thank you enough! In just 24 hours, 33 donors took advantage of the matching gift provided by Wells Fargo to raise a total $6,225!

The thoughtful donations that were given can make such a huge impact in someone’s life. It is great to hear why people choose Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity for their Give to the Max day organization. Here is what a few people shared as their reason for giving:

“[Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity] brings hope to many deserving families, giving them a chance to realize the dream of home ownership. Through the generosity of donors and volunteers in our community, we have been able to partner with dozens of families over the last 20+ years.”Joshua Hoper

“An organization close to my heart. Thank you Habitat for all the wonderful relationships and great memories.” Searle Swedlund

The donations raised in this one day will open many doors for families in our community. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity sincerely thanks everyone for their support on Give to the Max Day and throughout the year.

Calling All Local Artists for Habitat ReStore’s Recycled Art Show

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is seeking artist participation in their third annual Recycled Art Show and Auction to be held on February 2, 2013 at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo.  Artists are asked to utilize at least one recycled item from the Habitat ReStore in their final piece.

The Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore, which began in 2006, is a home improvement thrift store selling new and gently used building supplies, appliances, furniture and home décor.  The ReStore is always accepting product donations from the community.

Artists will receive at $50 voucher to the ReStore in order to offset the costs of purchasing recycled materials.  The pieces will be displayed at the Spirit Room for three weeks preceding the event.

Attendees bid on artwork displayed at the 2012 Home is Where the Art Is event.

All proceeds from the art auction will be put towards continuing the mission of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in providing simple, decent and affordable homes to families in Cass and Clay counties.

If you are interested in participating, please call (218) 284 5253 Ext. 2 or e-mail  Deadline for artwork submission is Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

2nd Annual Cruisin’ for Habitat!

Toppers Car Club presents the second annual Cruisin’ for Habitat Fall Car Cruise, with all proceeds to benefit Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. The event takes place Saturday, October 13, 2012, and all classic car owners and enthusiasts are invited to attend.

Preparing to leave the 1st stop at the 2011 Cruisin’ for Habitat Car Cruise.

“It will be a fun day on the road to support the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate,” said event organizer Sherri Smith.  “Anything with wheels is welcome!”

The fall car cruise begins at 11:00 a.m. at Sickies Garage in Fargo. The group will travel to TR’s Patty Shack in Ada, Minnesota for lunch, and then to Happy Trails in Argusville, North Dakota, before returning to Sickies Garage.

Registration for the Fall Car Cruise takes place on October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Sickies Garage, 2525 9th Avenue SW in Fargo. The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, compliments of TR’s Patty Shack in Ada, Minnesota.

A big thank you to Toppers Car Club for serving as the Presenting Sponsor for the second year! Thank you to the following event sponsors: Gate City Bank, TR’s Patty Shack, Advanced Auto Body & Glass, Sickies Garage, RUSCO Window Company, Sandy’s Donuts, United Automotive Tech Center, Corwin Automotive Group, and Happy Trails.

Want to learn more about the event?  Visit Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook or contact Habitat Board members Sherri Smith at 701-238-1367 or Stacey Olsen at 701-306-6580 with any questions.

Concordia Students Organize Playhouse Project for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity

The Playhouse Project was organized by Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity College Chapter Board.

Students at Concordia are kicking off their homecoming week in a special way this year- student groups are teaming up to build and decorate children’s playhouses for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.“We’re excited to take part in the Playhouse Project at Concordia,” said Rob Rich, Executive Director for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  “Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity College Chapter approached our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate about collaborating on project that would bring together students to help families in need in our community.  The sale of these playhouses will support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to eliminate substandard housing in Cass and Clay counties.”

Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity College Chapter will host the Playhouse Project at the Knutson Campus Center on the Concordia Campus on Saturday, October 6.  The event is slated to begin at 9 a.m. with the hopes of completing the build by the end of the day. Facilities on campus have graciously offered to move the houses around the Concordia campus to be displayed through their Homecoming weekend.

Each house will be built and painted by a student organization.  The designs for all the houses will be the same structure, but the student organizations are planning to each paint their homes with a fun theme.  Concordia’s Student Government Association (SGA), Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), Dance Marathon, Women’s Lacrosse Team, Better Together and Habitat for Humanity College Chapter will all be participating in the Playhouse Project.

Following Concordia’s homecoming, the custom-designed and decorated playhouses will be available for purchase at the local Habitat ReStore at 210 11th Street North, Moorhead.  Proceeds from the sale of the playhouses will support Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Letter from Shelby Cochran, 2011-12 ReStore VISTA

As today is my last day here at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the experience I have had this year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and thank the Habitat family for welcoming me into their community.

One of the events coordinated by Shelby this year was Habitat ReStore’s Appreciation Picnic in July.

For those of you unfamiliar with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, VISTA stands for Volunteer in Service to America.  I was among of thousands of individuals in the United States that pledged to spend a year in the national service program helping to fight poverty.  The program was founded in 1965 and each member’s goal is to increase the capacity of the nonprofit organization they work with.   VISTA members work full-time for their host organization and their benefits include a living allowance, loan forbearance and an end-of-the-year award.   This year, I was one of 12 VISTAs serving at Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Minnesota.

My goal for the year was to build the capacity of Habitat ReStore, which in turn would build the capacity of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity to build more homes and help more local families.  While at Habitat, I was involved in public relations/marketing, volunteer coordination, strategic planning and event coordination for Habitat ReStore.  For each of these tasks, I could not have accomplished what I did without the help of dedicated volunteers, committee members, and the staff at Habitat.

Shelby had a great time participating with Xcel Energy in the Holiday Lights Parade.

While my AmeriCorps VISTA position with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is ending today, I hope to stay connected with the Habitat community.  I plan to continue living and working in the Fargo-Moorhead area and would like to become involved with Habitat as a volunteer in the future.   I strongly believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity and have thoroughly enjoyed watching our partner families achieve their dreams of homeownership.

To all of you who have worked with me, inspired me and put your trust in me, thank you.  I will certainly miss working with you and encourage you to stay in touch!

 Shelby Cochran


Habitat ReStore Celebrates 6th Anniversary—And You’re Invited!

Over the past 6 years, everyone at Habitat ReStore has been working hard to make a difference for people in our local communities and fulfill our mission:

  • To generate funds to support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in building simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in Cass and Clay counties
  • To keep usable building materials, home improvement products and appliances out of local landfills
  • To sell new and gently used home improvement materials and applicances at affordable prices

And over the past 6 years, with the help of generous donors, shoppers, and volunteers, we’ve done just that. This past year, we’ve raised $ 335,327 for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity and diverted 1,057,687 pounds of usable materials from local landfills! These great accomplishments have positively impacted our community, our partner families, and our environment, and they wouldn’t have been possible without you. That’s why we’re inviting you to celebrate with us!

Handy the Habitat Bear appreciates your support of Habitat ReStore!

Stop by the ReStore from Monday, July 16th through Sunday, July 22nd for our 6th Anniversary Sale. You’ll find special deals on new and gently used home improvement materials, appliances, and furniture during our biggest sale of the year! Then join us for food and fun at our ReStore Appreciation Picnic on July 20 from 11a-1p. It’s just a small way for us to show you our appreciation—and to kick off many more years of success!

Habitat ReStore is located at 210 11th St. N. in Moorhead and is open Monday – Saturday 10-6, Sundays 12-4.  All proceeds from Habitat ReStore support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s programs and local building projects.  Material donations are welcome! For more information, call 218-284-5253 x1 or visit our website.

The Excitement is Building!

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s third annual Hard Hat Breakfast, held Wednesday, April 25 at the Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center in Fargo, drew a capacity crowd.  The ballroom was filled with more than 200 people who each enjoyed breakfast and a program about the exciting impact Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is making in our community.  The event raised over $7,000 for the affiliate.

“It was great to see so many people join us this year to learn more about the important work our organization is doing in the community,” said Rob Rich, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director.  “I hope to see many of them on the build sites this summer!”

2012 Hard Hat Breakfast

Stan Franek speaks to a capacity crowd at the 2012 Hard Hat Breakfast

The morning began with Rob Rich, the new Executive Director, welcoming everyone and sharing some information about Habitat for Humanity. “Homeowner Impact,” a video from Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota discussing the 2011 Homeowner Impact Pilot Study was shown to demonstrate the positive effects homeownership can have on the lives of families.  Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President of Home Builders Association of Fargo Moorhead, shared her thoughts about the long-standing relationship between Home Builders Association of Fargo Moorhead and Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity and what it means for them to sponsor their first build- a home to be built in Fargo in 2012.  Stan Franek, a long time volunteer and Thrivent Builds coordinator, spoke about the nation-wide Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program and his excitement for the 12th Thrivent Builds home to be built by Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in 2012.  Jon Mergens and Chelsi Argabright, co-chairs of the Concordia Habitat for Humanity Chapter shared their personal connection to Habitat for Humanity’s mission and why they choose to volunteer with the organization.

Homeowner speaks at Hard Hat

Habitat Homeowner Coreen Graham shares her story at the 3rd annual Hard Hat Breakfast.

Coreen Graham, 2008 Habitat Homeowner, shared her story with the crowd. Graham and her two children now live in a safe home and can use more than one appliance at a time without the fear that the poor electrical wiring will cause a fire.  She also spoke about how her children are no longer ashamed to have friends over and how she was able to take care of her father after he was diagnosed with cancer- all because of the Habitat home she built with volunteers from the community.

“Without Habitat, without the accessible home, my children would not have been able to spend the last months of his life with their grandfather,” Graham said.  “It’s more than a house- it’s our home.”

We would like to thank all the table sponsors and individuals who donated their time and talents to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  Special thanks to our event sponsors this year:  Alerus Financial; Dawson Insurance; Ramada Plaza and Suites; Wallwork Truck Center; and Wells Fargo.  With your donations and support, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is able to build homes, communities and hope in Cass and Clay counties.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity or would like more information, please call 218-284-5253 or email  You can also visit our website to find out more about Habitat and how you can get involved.  If it is helping with a build, making lunch for the build volunteers, or becoming a part of a committee, we offer something for everyone.

Prepare for Cleanup Week: Donate to Habitat ReStore!

Fargo-Moorhead’s Cleanup Week is May 7-11. Every year, residents of Dilworth, Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo have this week to dispose of tires, appliances, and other large items at no charge on their regular garbage collection day.

This Cleanup Week, there’s a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items in an environmentally sustainable way that also supports the local community.  Before you put anything out on the curb, consider donating it to Habitat ReStore and receiving a tax deduction!

Habitat ReStore is a home improvement thrift store that accepts donations of building materials, appliances (in any condition), and furniture.  By giving these materials another life, Habitat ReStore is able to divert almost 500 tons of materials from area landfills annually!  All proceeds from Habitat ReStore support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity as they build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in Cass and Clay counties.

Cleanup Week Rules

Each city has their own specifications, which can be found on the Cleanup Week website.

1.Separate items of the same type into distinct piles (tires, appliances, furniture, brush, household garbage, etc.). Separate trucks collect the items.

2.Place garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items.

3.Items will be collected on your normal garbage pickup day. Do not set items out more than one day early.

4.Crews will not return to pick up garbage set out too late.

5. Remove refrigerator and freezer doors. Do not place food or any other waste inside appliances.

 6. Items must be from residences; no commercial waste will be accepted. Keep household garbage at least four feet away from other Cleanup Week items.

If you have items that are still usable or are not accepted by the city, consider supporting your community and the environment by donating tax-deductible materials to Habitat ReStore!

How do I donate to Habitat ReStore?

Drop Off: Bring your donation to Habitat ReStore, 210 11th Street North, Moorhead during store hours, which are 10-6 Mon – Fri and 10-4 Saturday.

Pick Up: Call (218) 359-0812 to schedule a FREE donation pick-up.

For a list of accepted donations, please visit our webpage.

NDSU’s “Big Event” Brings Volunteers to Habitat ReStore

On Tuesday, April 24th, a group of North Dakota State University students helped out at Habitat ReStore in a BIG way as a part of the NDSU Volunteer Network’s “Big Event.”

The NDSU Volunteer Network, NDSU Student Government and the NDSU Alumni Association plans the annual “Big Event,”an all-day community outreach assistance program. This event brings together the NDSU community to volunteer in the Fargo-Moorhead community.

The Big Event sent over 500 student and alumni volunteers to local non-profit agencies, churches and private homes.

Go Bison!

This year, the NDSU Volunteer Network invited Habitat ReStore to take part in this event.   Tuesday afternoon, a group of NDSU volunteers were working hard at the ReStore.  They assisted with a variety of projects, including cleaning a large donation of refrigerators, sorting the paint section, and organizing the back lot of the store.

“Habitat ReStore has benefited in a big way from volunteers sent to us from NDSU over the past year, whether they are individual students completing service learning requirements or larger campus groups doing a one-day project,” said Shelby Cochran, AmeriCorps VISTA at Habitat ReStore.  “Thanks to two NDSU volunteer events, the ‘Service Plunge’ on MLK Jr. Day and the ‘Big Event,’  we were able to conquer tasks that are usually too large for our small staff to handle.  We hope to continue our relationship with the Volunteer Network and participate in their events in the future!”

Habitat ReStore is a home improvement thrift store selling new and gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture to the general public at reduced prices.  All proceeds from Habitat ReStore support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity‘s programs and building projects.  Material donations from local businesses, contractors, and individuals are welcome.  Tax-deductible donations can be made by dropping off materials at the ReStore, 210 11th St. North in Moorhead or by calling 218-284-5253 x3 to set up a donation pick-up. 

Crunch Time Fundraising Tips

Are you signed up for Tour de Habitat 2012, but the money you need to fundraise isn’t growing on a tree in your backyard?  Are you concerned that you won’t make your fundraising goal in time for Saturday’s event?  Here at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, we have a few tips to help pump up your fundraising before the Saturday, March 3rd event.  Try out these 5 tips and see how much money you can raise:

1.       Email fundraising Almost everyone has an email that they are checking constantly on their computers, smartphones or iPads.  Send your First Giving link to all of your friends, families and colleagues.  They will be sure to check your email and hopefully give a donation.

2.       Post on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Posting your personal First Giving site on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media websites that you use is a great way for your followers to quickly access your site and directly donate to this cause.  In your post, explain that you are participating in Tour de Habitat and that all the money raised goes to support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  Let your friends and followers know what your monetary goal is so that they can see how much you are raising for this event; this may entice them to help you reach your goal.

3.       Matching funds  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could raise your whole amount and then have a business match the same amount you raised?  Many businesses are often willing to match proceeds towards events such as Tour de Habitat.  It’s not too late to ask your company, your spouse’s company or a good friend that is a business owner if they would be willing to match the funds.  They will see that you are working hard to raise your amount and then they can help out too.

4.       Hold a fundraising “Blitz”  Get your team of 6 members together and decide what businesses you would like to ask to donate – then go ask them!  Dedicate one hour to go out to all the businesses that you want to ask.  Often businesses are more willing to donate if they are asked face-to-face since it’s more personal and shows them that you are taking the time to come to them.

5.       Have a fundraising contest with your team members  Challenge each other to see who can raise their money first!  Competition always adds some fun to fundraising and it’s a great way to get everyone excited for the day of the event.  Maybe the team member that raises the least is the team’s waterboy or the person that raises the most gets fanned while they ride.  You could also challenge another team that is signed up for Tour de Habitat.  The losing team has to do 10 pushups after they bike…

We hope these tips help you reach your goal before Saturday, March 3rd!  Thanks for your support towards Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  We look forward to seeing you at Tour de Habitat 2012 at Courts Plus!


Call Jackie at 218-284-5253 x2 or email