Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton


  • The CNO information and Big 6 tent at the “Party in the Park” went great last.
  • Optigear clothing is available for purchase with Optimist logos. You can order items anytime online in the size, color and style you want.
  • The 2022 Ohio District Conference will be held August 11-13. CNO is running much of the conference and Evelyn Griffin has said it would be great if several CNO members were to attend the District Conference. If you are attending and would also like to volunteer to help, let Evelyn know.
  • Mike Bevis announced that the Golf outing has been rescheduled for August 8, 2022. The original date was cancelled at the last minute because of the 3.5 inches of rain that fell the previous day that made the course unplayable.

Community Events

  • 7/30/2022, Big Backyard Party will be at Oak Grove Park. Sign-up online to help using the Member Calendar.
  • 8/6/2022, Kids Day in the Park will be at Delco Park. Sign-up online to help using the Member Calendar.

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling.

Diane Arehart won the 50/50 drawing. As always, the other half of the 50/50 is donated to the Optimist International Fund.

There were 20 people at the meeting (1 guest, 17 members and 2 speakers.)

Jesse Gaither said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting. He also gave a recap of what our club is all about and that information is at the bottom of this article.

Habitat for Humanity, Krissy Day and Elexus Renner

Jesse Gaither introduced Elexus Renner, the Family Services Coordinator, and Krissy Day, the Volunteer Services Coordinator, at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. Habitat builds 6-8 homes per year. Additionally, they rehabilitate homes to be accessible and perform critical repairs. They also help with homes damaged by tornados.

Since 1983 they have built new homes for over 300 families.

Homes are built based on the size of the family. The minimum number of bedrooms is three and they have built up to five-bedroom homes. They don’t build two-bedroom homes because they are much harder to resell down the road. The homes are affordable because of all the volunteer labor used to build them.

Homes built are not sold for a profit. Mortgages rates are very low and subsidized so the payment is never more than 30% of income. The mortgage, taxes and insurance are built into the payment. Any shortfall is picked up by Habitat for Humanity.

Families helped will often volunteer to help other families build their new homes or volunteer at ReStore.


Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.

Habitat is a Partnership, not a Charity

Habitat is a hand up, not a handout.

Every adult in a family must be willing to put in 275 hours of sweat equity. Hours are put in building Habitat homes, going to classes and other habitat events over 18-24 months. Classes teach homeowners how to do their own repairs, manage money and in general to be prepared for home ownership and its maintenance. Mentors are also provided.

Currently there are 193 families actively paying mortgages on their Habitat home.

Homeowner Selection Criteria

  • Family income must be 30%-60% of the median income for Montgomery and Greene Counties adjusted for family size
  • Income must be verifiable and debt to income ratio cannot exceed 40%
  • Time on current job must be greater than 6 months
  • Currently live in substandard housing
  • Preference is given to first time homeowners
  • Must be willing to be a partner and provide sweat equity for themselves and others
  • Never have filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy or it must be 2 years after the bankruptcy is discharged

Habitat Dayton has a long waiting list and it is reviewed once a year. Each year 300 families try to pre-qualify for a building. About 100 families will qualify, but they can only build about 6-8 homes per year.

How to Help Habitat

There are lots of details available on their website about how to help Habitat for Dayton.

  • Donations
  • Memorial and Honorary Giving
  • Volunteer
  • Donate Furniture and Home Goods
  • Join AmeriCorps – a yearlong commitment with amazing opportunities, details here

Volunteering on Build Sites

There are many ways to volunteer to help Habitat Dayton. Learn more and sign up here. Build sites need 6-8 volunteers per day, Tuesday through Saturday. A variety of opportunities for skilled and non-skilled volunteers are available. They have build sites in process year round.

You can volunteer as an individual or they also arrange for volunteers from a group. Habitat will reserve a spot for your group on a build site for a day. They get a lot of corporate volunteers.

Many High Schoolers volunteer to get their service hours. Even 15-year-olds can volunteer at ReStore. Volunteers that are 16-17 can work on a building site with some restrictions. Volunteers need to be 18 and over to volunteer on build sites with no restrictions.

Build site activities include framing, laying the deck, roof trusses, window and door installation, siding, caulking, insulation, hanging drywall, cabinets, flooring, landscaping and more.

They can always use licensed Electricians, Plumbers, Roofers, HVAC Specialists etc., who are willing to donate their time and expertise.


ReStore has new and high quality used items like you would see at a home goods store.

Sales of donated items at the “ReStore” provide part of Habitat’s funding. ReStore has a location at Habitat’s headquarters at 115 West Riverview Ave Dayton, Ohio and another location at Northland Plaza 2990 Derr Rd, Springfield, Ohio.

Anyone can shop and everyone can donate. They have a truck and will come and get larger donations that don’t fit in a typical vehicle.

ReStore needs 8-10 volunteers per day, Tuesday through Saturday year-round. The hours are flexible. They need volunteers on the Sales Floor, in the warehouse and to help with truck pickups.

Some Items at ReStore

  • Cabinets
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Light Fixtures
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Flooring
  • Bed Frames
  • Home Decor
  • Paint and Painting Supplies (GreenSheen brand with expert blending services)
  • More

Thank You Elexus Renner and Krissy Day

Thank you, Elexus Renner and Krissy Day, for speaking at tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting and educating us about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and how we can help.

About CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 5 years ago and is very much a part of the 54-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s Day in the Park in August
  • Easter Egg Hunt
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