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TOP TEN things you can do TODAY (Giving Tuesday) to give back

24 November

Today is Giving Tuesday, and in the spirit of giving, we came up with a TOP TEN list of ways to give back through Hosanna Industries. These are simple things you can do right now.

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  1. Donate online or mail a check.
  2. Like us on Facebook, share our pages with your friends, or rate us on Facebook.
  3. Write a review about your experience with us on Network for Good, which will help us to receive more support.
  4. While you’re out running errands, grab something extra. Here’s our wish list.
  5. Sign up to make your own window decoration at Hosanna Gibsonia, using a window that we took out of a needy household & replaced with a more energy efficient window.
  6. Sign up to deliver Christmas gifts to a household that we’ve helped this year.
  7. Start collecting spare change. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar, etc. makes a difference!
  8. Say a prayer or two! Pray for the people crying out, “Hosanna, rescue me now, Lord!”
  9. Sign up (at the bottom of our website) for our e-blast to stay in the loop about our work.
  10. Shop like you normally would at Amazon.com (or Amazon Prime) but use Smile.Amazon.com instead, & .5% of every purchase will benefit the mission, with no extra charge to you.

Thanks for your support!

#GivingTuesday #GodsWorkIsEveryonesBusiness

Opportunities to Give Back for the Holidays

21 September

There are so many ways to get involved in Hosanna Industries this season (and every season), so we compiled this list for you. These are great opportunities for families or small groups. Please let us know if you’re interested in helping in any of these ways!

  • Festival of Trees: November 19-21
    • Sponsor the event (sponsorships start at $150)
    • Decorate & donate a tree
      • deadline is October 30th
    • Attend the event!
      • free to attend, bring the whole family
      • bid on artificial trees that are available via silent auction
    • Spread the word!
  • Thanksgiving dinner delivery: the week of Thanksgiving
    • Provide & deliver a meal to a lonely household in need sometime around Thanksgiving
      • this depends on our clients’ needs
  • Gift wrapping fundraiser: December 5-6, December 18-20
    • Bring your Christmas gifts to Richland Mall to be wrapped by us, in exchange for a donation
    • Donate wrapping supplies or hold a collection for wrapping paper at your business or church
    • Volunteer by yourself or with a group to help for a shift
      • shifts are 3-4 hours long
      • perfect for someone who loves to wrap, but we can provide tutorials, too
    • Spread the word! (Here’s the flyer)
  • Christmas gift delivery: December 12, and anytime before Christmas
    • Volunteer!
      • We need help delivering gifts as well as on the day of the event
      • Register here
    • Hold a collection for gift cards for our clients
      • Wal-Mart, Giant Eagle, Shop N Save, Target
      • gifts are already provided and wrapped, but gift cards are perfect for grocery shopping
    • Donate Christmas cards
    • Donate frozen turkeys or chickens
Gifts lined up for our 2013 clients!

Gifts lined up for our 2013 clients!

Other ways to help this season or any season:

  • Hold a volunteer tool collection! (We have a list of specific needs, ask us if you’re interested.)
  • Hold a penny drive!
  • Pray!
  • Volunteer with us!
  • Shop on Amazon! 

New Galilee Blitz Build

04 June
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLITZ BUILD PROVIDES NEW HOME

Hosanna Industries to construct house in four days

NEW GALILEE, PA-
What: Shirley, in New Galilee, Beaver County, will have a mortgage payment for a new home that is less than what her monthly utility payments were while living in her trailer. Hosanna Industries intends to build her home as a “blitz build”.
How: Hosanna Industries’ “blitz builds” are made possible with volunteer labor, donated and discounted materials and a uniquely organized building method which compresses the length of construction to four days. The house will be built and move-in ready; complete with furniture and appliances by the fourth day.
When: Foundation will be laid and walls will be built by Hosanna Industries staff and volunteers prior to the blitz week. Work will begin at 8am on Monday, June 22 and the house will be complete by Thursday, June 25. On Thursday, June 25 at 12pm, Hosanna will host a dedication of the home which is open to the public.
Who: Hosanna Industries’ staff of 10 will lead the build, and 60 volunteers from Wisconsin and Ohio who were previously scheduled with Hosanna, will assist all week.
Current needs:
Some furniture and household items for the homeowner
Lunches and drinks for workers
Rev. Dr. Donn Ed, founder and executive director of Hosanna Industries, said “We are thrilled as a mission celebrating our 25th anniversary year of service to have this great opportunity once again to blend the gifts of faith and work together along with our hammers, hearts, and hands,  in witnessing another one of God’s needy children move from the despair of poverty housing to the dignity of a new and very affordable permanent home!”
Media and Fundraising Contact: Amanda Becker
About Hosanna Industries: Hosanna Industries, Inc. is a faith-rooted, 501 (c)3 non-profit organization in southwestern Pennsylvania. The mission includes new construction and repair/rehabilitation services for low income homeowners; leading volunteers in disaster recovery; and training young people in the trade skills to give them a hope for the future. Its typical single client household in 2014 had an income of less than $19,000 a year. Since its founding in 1990 Hosanna Industries has provided nearly $50 million worth of charitable work to the community for less than $14 million. It depends on the generosity of others to complete its work.

Help Wanted: Thanksgiving Meal Delivery 2014

07 November

Many of our clients are elderly widows, and many of them do not even have family in the area. The construction services that we provide are uplifting and essential to safety and security, but these people are also greatly encouraged by the fact that someone out there cares for them.

We would like to provide a way for these clients to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. It would mean so much to them if someone delivered a meal to them and spent some time with them. What a great way to show Christ’s love to his needy children!

Are you interested in helping us with this? We have about a dozen households on our list for Thanksgiving meal delivery. Are you able to purchase or cook a meal for them, and to deliver it sometime the week of Thanksgiving?

Contact Amanda Becker if you’d like to help us with this for Thanksgiving 2014.

It’s not just a home repair

01 December

It’s not just a home repair. Take Anna for instance. We sent someone there to install a new electrical box in her home to update the electrical system and to ensure electrical safety. She was so grateful. She is a widow living on a very low social security income. She has two grown daughters; one in New England and one in Florida. While having a conversation with her during her project, Donn discovered that her daughters never come to see her and she is homebound and completely alone. She is a sweetheart with no self pity and only a thankful and upbeat spirit but the facts still remain the facts. She is alone. This sparked a new idea in the minds of the Hosanna Family. We provide Christmas gifts and food for our clients. We will now screen the clients to see who would benefit from a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner to be delivered by our Staff and volunteers the day before Thanksgiving along with a sit down visit to alleviate some of their loneliness. So what started out as an electrical update has
developed into a whole new Hosanna program. So when someone asks you what Hosanna does, you can say, “ More than home repairs! “

Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours, Amy Ed

Hosanna Harvest 2013 Recap

08 October

If you would have asked me if I would be canning at Hosanna five years ago I probably would have laughed at you for such a funny thought. But now only after two years of this new program at the mission, I can’t imagine not doing it!

Now as the program grows with the addition of the Hosanna garden, I hope to incorporate more local volunteers to help tent the garden as well as can the produce with us. I thoroughly enjoy sharing and teaching the skill of canning with those who want to learn and enjoy!

When asked my favorite canned good this year I would have to say both the green pepper relish and the peach/jalapeño chutney. They’re my favorite because we did not follow a recipe for either of them! When it comes to canning I have always been a recipe follower and after a few very successful experiments last year, I enjoy making new creations and experimenting with different spices.

After two years of running this program we have become aware of kitchen needs we did not have before. I would love to see us acquire:

  • a new water bath canner
  • some nice long wooden spoons
  • a big food processor
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • knives
  • colanders.

I would also like to have more supply donations including:

  • jars (pint and half pint)
  • lids and rings
  • cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • salt
  • spices ( ginger, ground cloves, oregano,basil, paprika, minced garlic, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, tarragon, cinnamon).

I’d like to thank those who donated jars this year and last year and I want to thank those who donated produce including Tom and Becky at Quality Gardens, Mary Ann and Tom at Brenkles Greenhouse and Giant Eagle on Rt. 8. We could not have produced any of the good things this year without them,!

Becky Hetzer, Mission Worker