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Jendi Gives Back: A Day With Willamette West Habitat For Humanity

Willamette West Habitat For Humanity is a local chapter of the global nonprofit that builds safe, affordable homes for qualified low-income families, and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Jendi Properties helped further their mission.

Jendi Properties staff members, including owners John and Wendi Eichler, managers and maintenance staff put in a day’s worth of sweat equity on homes in the group’s Allen Estates project in Beaverton. Work tasks included cutting and installing baseboards, installing insulation and siding, and working on an interior staircase. The attached homes were each in various phases of construction, from framing all the way to near completion. Volunteers do not need any home building experience to participate.

Lisa Grigg, manager of three Jendi Properties, helped install siding. “I learned so much,” Lisa said. “When siding gets hot, it expands, and if it expands too much, it will come loose, so you have to cut it at least 1/4″ short on each side to allow for expansion.”

Jendi maintenance technician Hermelindo Rodriguez and Jendi property managers Glori Tessier and Kim Contreras removed, cut and reattached stairway treads that had previously been cut incorrectly. “I”ve always thought that Habitat for Humanity is an awesome program, but I had no idea what the volunteer work entailed or what it produced,” said Contereras. “The homes are so beautiful; it was very gratifying to be part of the team that came together to make it happen.”

Willammete West Habitat For Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes that “every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.”

For more information about the group’s work and volunteer options, go to www.habitatwest.org.

 

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Jendi Properties Gives Back: Helping the Hungry

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Jendi Properties closed up shop at all seven communities on the afternoon of November 20th so the entire team could participate in a volunteer experience at the Oregon Food Bank. The mission of Oregon Food Bank is to eradicate food insecurity for thousands of Oregon and Clark County, Wa. residents who can’t be sure where their next meal is coming from each day.

 

The Jendi team and other volunteer groups spent the afternoon filling 2-pound bags of oatmeal from large bins of loose oats and packing them into boxes for transport. The impressive operation worked assembly-line style, with each table staffed with volunteers taking turns filling and weighing bags, tying them and packing boxes. Disco tunes including “Brick House” and 60’s-era songs like “Runaround Sue” played in the background as volunteers packed 15,289 pounds of oats for distribution. Total time: Just 2 1/2 hours to create thousands of meals for others in need.

 

Sadly, Oregon Food Bank reports that record numbers of people need to access emergency food each month–approximately 270,000–about half the population of the city of Portland. Of that amount, more than 90,000 are children. Since the recession in 2008, emergency food box distribution has increased a staggering 41 percent.

 

What can you do to help? Donate time, food and/or money. The Oregon Food Bank runs volunteer food packing shifts mornings, afternoons and evenings and sign up is simple at http://www.oregonfoodbank.org. There you will also find details of their extensive education programs, including Learning Gardens, nutrition education, Seed to Supper and more.

 

Weatherizing For Winter

house with scarfWith cold weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare! By following a few simple tips, you can easily help keep heat in, keep cold air out and save money on your electric bill. Win-win-win!

• Invest in an inexpensive door draft snake, or, if you’re into DIY, make one yourself. (Low-tech hack: Use a rolled-up bath towel). Place it against the bottom of your front door to help prevent cold air from intruding and keep your warm air inside.

• Check your front door weather stripping. If it’s tattered, torn and lost the ability to compress, let us know! Put in a maintenance request and we’ll replace it. Tip: You can sign into your online portal to put in maintenance requests anytime.

• If you don’t already have them, hang drapes over the window blinds. Thicker materials can reduce heat loss during the cold months. Keep drapes on south-facing windows open during the day for warmth from the sun, and closed at night to keep the chill at bay.

• Rearrange your furniture or pull it out from the walls a few inches to prevent blockage of heater vents or baseboard heaters, and to alleviate potential fire hazards. Let us clean your heaters annually before the cold season starts! Jendi Properties schedules heater cleaning beginning in October.

• Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan (most fans have a switch to change the blade direction). When the blades rotate clockwise, it pulls warm air down from the ceiling space and helps circulate it around the room. In summer, counterclockwise blade rotation keeps you cool.

For more energy and money saving tips, go to www.energy.gov and www.energytrust.org.