Locations for donations are disappearing across Los Banos

April 1, 2018

We live today in a throw-away culture. Gone are the days of saving string, mending socks or straightening bent nails. When we get tired of something because we’ve found something more appealing, we generally toss it.

The question is, “toss it where?” In the garbage? Most of us would rather give it away, especially if it’s in reasonably good shape. But in Los Banos, it’s getting harder to do that, because almost all of the places that used to accept clothes, toys and household items are no longer around...

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Volunteers wanted for Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Women Build’

April 29, 2015

Habitat Westside is asking women to learn construction skills over Mother’s Day weekend as a means of gaining self-reliance, performing a community service and having a little fun.
The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is joining with the national organization and its partnership with Lowe’s to celebrate National Women Build Week with a home building project starting at 9 a.m. May 8 and 9 at 537 M St.


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Habitat for Humanity approved for 4 more homes

April 29, 2015

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be allowed to divide its land to build more homes.

Habitat Westside had requested a zoning change and parcel split of land at 537, 543 and 547 M Street. The change allows Habitat officials to build four homes on the property rather than three.

The Los Banos City Council approved the project last week.

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Planners back Habitat Westside’s home building plan

April 29, 2015

The Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity be allowed to divide its land to build more homes.

The Los Banos City Council will make the final decision in upcoming weeks.

Habitat Westside has requested a zoning change and parcel split of land at 537, 543 and 547 M Street. If approved, the change would allow Habitat officials to build four homes on the property rather than three.

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Habitat Westside receives matching grant pledge from anonymous benefactors

April 29, 2015

A couple who are longtime supporters of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity have agreed to match donations, dollar for dollar, to help the organization build its next two homes.

Habitat Westside Executive Director Ashlee Williams said a couple, who is choosing to remain anonymous, has pledged to provide a dollar for each dollar the public gives the group through March 31.

According to Williams, it takes about $100,000 to build a home and the couple has agreed to match up to an undisclosed...


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Planners back Habitat Westside’s home building plan

April 2, 2015

The Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity be allowed to divide its land to build more homes.

The Los Banos City Council will make the final decision in upcoming weeks.

Habitat Westside has requested a zoning change and parcel split of land at 537, 543 and 547 M Street. If approved, the change would allow Habitat officials to build four homes on the property rather than three.

“When they first came to us, we kind of talked about different ideas o...


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Habitat Westside plans to complete 3 homes for 2015

April 2, 2015

The Los Banos chapter of Habitat for Humanity is planning to complete one home and start building two others in the new year.

All of the homes are on the same street.

“Back in July the Habitat family was selected for M Street,” Habitat Westside Executive Director Ashlee Williams said. “(In) 2015 we will be welcoming home two additional Habitat families. The empty lot next door will be divided up into two separate lots and two single-family homes will be built from scratch.”

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Habitat holds homeowner workshop

October 31, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Westside Merced County is hosting a homeowner workshop, Habitat’s Ashlee Williams announced at the Community Resource Council on Wednesday.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in becoming a homeowner through Habitat.

“This is an opportunity for people to become first-time home buyers that wouldn’t qualify for conventional loans,” Williams said.

The workshop gives information on how one can qualify for a home through income eligibility, partnering with Habitat a...


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Female volunteers wanted for ‘Women Build’

October 31, 2014

Habitat Westside is asking women to learn construction skills over Mother’s Day weekend as a means of gaining self-reliance, performing a community service and having a little fun.

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is joining with the national organization and its partnership with Lowe’s to celebrate National Women Build Week with a home building project from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at 543 M St.

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Women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,200 Habitat houses nationwide. Loc...


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Los Banos Habitat group targets women builders

October 31, 2014

Habitat Westside members and about 25 women and girls spent six hours on M Street deconstructing the inside of a home and cleaning its back yard.

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity joined with the national organization and its partnership with Lowe’s to celebrate National Women Build Week the Saturday before Mother’s Day.

The house, one of two projects planned this year, will have a new kitchen, renovated bedroom and a new roof when the work is finished.

This is the third year Habitat...


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