Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Receives $20,000 Grant from The Avangrid Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is pleased to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation in partnership with Central Maine Power. The Avangrid Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of AVANGRID, the parent company of Central Maine Power. The grant will support the development of Habitat’s 3-home community in Freeport.

“The Avangrid Foundation’s tradition of community giving and longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity continues to create a positive impact for our families, and our community as a whole,” said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Interim Executive Director John Shumadine. “We thank the Avangrid Foundation for this generous donation that will allow us to address the need for affordable housing in Cumberland county.” The Avangrid Foundation was the leading energy efficiency donor to the recently completed community in Scarborough, ME.

The AVANGRID family of companies are the poles, pipes, and wires that power the very homes at the heart of healthy and prosperous individuals and communities,” said Nicole Licata Grant, Avangrid Foundation, Executive Director. “Never has the need for stable, affordable and healthy housing been more apparent than during this pandemic and we are grateful for our national partnership with Habitat for Humanity that helps us invest in our neighbors and neighborhoods.”

Three families have been selected for the homes in Freeport and are working with Habitat on the construction of their homes. Once the Freeport project is complete, Habitat will move on to an 8-home community in South Portland.

State Farm Presents Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland with $12,000 Grant

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is excited to receive a $12,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. The funds will be used to support Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming 8-home community in South Portland, Sunset Place.

“We are so grateful to State Farm for this generous grant that will support our new building projects,” said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Interim Executive Director John Shumadine. “State Farm is a longtime champion of Habitat, both financially and in volunteer hours. Their support continues to create a long-lasting, positive impact for our families.”

“We at State Farm are happy to have supported Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland since 2011 and we are excited to continue that support in 2021,” said State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst Jennifer Young.  “Habitat has a strong commitment to providing safe, affordable housing to those in need.  Part of State Farm’s mission is to help people realize their dreams, which is why this relationship works so well.”

The Greater Portland Board of REALTORS’® Online Auction “Habitat for the Holidays” Raises Over $45,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland

 The Greater Portland Board of REALTORS’® online auction, “Habitat for the Holidays,” has raised over $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. The auction, which was open for bidding in November and closed on Cyber Monday, featured dozens of high-end items that brought in hundreds of bids. In addition, a matching grant of $21,390 from the Maine Association of REALTORS® Foundation brings the total to over $45,000.

“We could not be more grateful to the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS® for the incredible success of this event. Without the ability to have a physical event, they organized an amazing online experience that raised an incredible amount of funds that will help to support our building programs in Cumberland County.” said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Interim Executive Director John Shumadine.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland’s current project is a 3-home community in Freeport called Freeport Woods. New Habitat families will move into their homes in 2021.

Greater Portland Board of REALTORS® President Leanne Barchsdorf Nichols noted, “This year was full of unknowns, disappointments, challenges and tragedies. Through it all, our determination guided us to adapt and innovate in all aspects of our board’s operations. Our commitment to Habitat for Humanity never wavered, as the needs are great. The success of this effort shows exactly who we are; REALTORS® truly care about our community, and we look forward to helping these families get into their new homes!”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Executive Director Godfrey Wood to Step Down

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland announces its Executive Director, Godfrey Wood, will step down at the end of the year. Mr. Wood has served in the position since April of 2013.

“After many years of leading this respected and vital organization, I have decided to step down as Executive Director as of the end of this year.  I will be working with the Board of Directors and staff to assure a smooth transition. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is in a better position than it was when I joined, and I am proud of the work we have all accomplished.  I plan to continue to consult for Habitat on key programs and pending opportunities.” said Godfrey Wood.

Board President Julie Ray had praise for Mr. Wood.  “Godfrey has had an incalculable impact on this organization.  The Portland Affiliate has built 21 homes for deserving families during his tenure as Executive Director.  Due to his leadership, we are poised to build three homes in Freeport and eight homes in South Portland in the coming years.  His boundless energy and passion for Habitat has contributed not only to affordable home ownership, but to our Critical Home Repair Program and the overall financial health of the organization, providing many opportunities to serve our community going forward.”

The Board of Directors will work on identifying an Interim Executive Director, and Mr. Wood looks forward to assisting with the transition.