Kitsap Home Builders Foundation
The Kitsap Home Builders Foundation is organized to support the educational and charitable activities of the Kitsap Building Association, and is organized for this purpose consistent with the meaning provided for in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Activities of the Foundation
The Home Builders Foundation is involved in many important outreach efforts in our community directly related to housing, but also more broadly for the benefit of the Kitsap community we care so much about. Annually, the Home Builders Foundation supports the following:
Habitat for Humanity: As an interesting feature of the Kitsap Building Association’s Peninsula Home & Garden Expo, a building materials surplus sale is held by Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Bargains store. The space, and advertising for this feature is provided by the Home Builders Foundation. During the three day event, Habitat generates thousands of dollars in support of their important housing programs and interacts with area citizens they may not otherwise reach. This sale is third weekend in March. For details and materials donation information, please call the KBA office 360-479-5778.
Built Green® Program Education: Through this environmentally sensitive construction program, the Foundation provides education and support to member and non-member builders in construction techniques and practices that are more sustainable, reduce waste, and improve the health of a home and the community.
Construction Related College Scholarships: In cooperation with the Building Industry Association of Washington, two $500 scholarships are awarded to local students each year who are working toward a degree in a construction related field. Those local recipients may also compete for two larger scholarship awards given out by the BIAW. If you are interested in this scholarship, please contact us.
Build A Better Christmas: Using a combination of member donations and proceeds donated by Habitat for Humanity from their Builders Surplus Sale at the Peninsula Home & Garden Expo, the Home Builders Foundation is able to bring Christmas joy to all the families living in the YWCA’s Alive Shelter during Christmas each year.
Hang on Kitsap: In cooperation Catholic Community Services the Home Builders Foundation provides funds each year for the installation of grab bars into the homes of our elderly and mobility challenged citizens. The Association recognizes that with a little additional assistance, citizens can live safely in their homes, longer, and independently. Using a variety of promotional events, including the KBA Bike and Rod Run, funds are generated and then donated to this effort.
Silverdale Veterans Memorial Park: Many years ago, the Foundation and the members of the Kitsap Building Association worked with other community organizations to build a beautiful and serene park on the waterfront of Old Towne Silverdale to honor our veterans. That park will require capital repairs in the years to come and in 2012, the Foundation Board agreed to set some funds aside each year for those future needs. Fundraising events are held throughout the year to support the anticipated future needs of the Silverale Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Recent Grant Project
Kitsap Low Impact Development (LID): LID is a storm-water management and land development strategy applied at the parcel and subdivision scale that emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features integrated with engineered, small-scale hydrologic controls to more closely mimic pre-development hydrologic functions. The foundation is working with our cities, county and other stakeholders to develop a Kitsap LID Guide for implementation during 2009.
Kitsap Building Association Office Site LID Retrofit: The Kitsap Home Builders Foundation has received a PIE grant from the Puget Sound Action Team to retrofit the KBA Office building site with low impact development techniques.
Kitsap Energy Upgrade: The Kitsap Energy Upgrade is a project of the KBA Foundation and Kitsap County. This project received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This project was supported by Grant No. DE-EE0000853 awarded by the US Department of Energy and used the HBA building as a model for ways small business owners and home owners alike can easily make important energy and water efficiency improvements to their building. Visit the Kitsap Energy Upgrade page for more information, including informative videos.