Earlier this year, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity was approached by a man who was experiencing more than his share of bad luck. Jim, of Lowden, IA, had been in a car accident that left him unable to work. In addition, medical concerns had him in and out of the hospital through the winter, and his home’s roof sustained catastrophic damage in last summer’s derecho. When the plaster cracked and began to fall in the dining room, he knew he needed help. Thanks to the Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Corporation and the US Bank Foundation and US Bank Tipton branch, IVHFH was able to replace Jim’s roof, install some much-needed grab bars throughout the home, and arrange for weatherization improvements to the rest of his home. These repairs will help him stay in his home and ensure his continued access to decent, safe housing. 
This is an exciting year for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build. We are honoring Jane Hagedorn, a volunteer who has gone above and beyond for our organization and who has been part of Women Build from the beginning. Jane took on the immense responsibility of Project Manager of IVHFH’s very first Women Build in 2004. She took on this volunteer role while continuing to operate her plumbing business full-time. Jane has played an essential role in each and every Women Build project; from serving on the Women Build steering committee each year to providing plumbing labor with Bea Day Plumbers on every Women Build. In short, we simply would not be where we are today celebrating 29 years of building without Jane Hagedorn.

This year, the Jane Hagedorn Women Build committee is raising $50,000 to build a new Habitat home and an additional $5,000 to support a Helping Hands home repair. With the cost of construction materials and supplies at an all-time high, we need your support more than ever. The success of these projects ensure Women Build can support more families for years to come. 
Free Smoke Alarms for South District Iowa City Residents
The American Red Cross has partnered with the Iowa City Fire Department to offer free smoke alarms for residents of Iowa City's South District. Upon solicitation, volunteers will come to your home to: 1) install smoke alarms in your home, 2) help you create a home fire safety plan, and 3) aid in mapping out a two minute escape plan in the event of an emergency in your home - all for free!
National Night Out
Save the date! Join the South District Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, Table to Table, Moms Demand Action, League of Women Voters, Shelter House, City of Iowa City Police, Iowa City Fire Department, and Johnson County Ambulance on August 3 at Wetherby Park in Iowa City for a family-friendly evening of food, games, and fun. For more information, follow the event page.
National Night Out is a national, annual, community-building campaign that promotes strong community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. It enhances the relationship between neighbors, community partners, and first responders while building community. 
  • July 14: Johnson County Livable Community Housing Action Team Aging in Place Forum. Register here.
  • July Volunteer Shifts: Sign up to volunteer on construction or in the ReStore this month!
  • August 3: National Night Out at Wetherby Park in Iowa City.
  • October 21: Save the date for Hammers and Hardhats! IVHFH is hosting an auction fundraiser at the Coralville Marriott to raise funds for the Jane Hagedorn Women Build. More details to come! Email to sponsor this event or to make a donation to our silent auction.