Habitat for Humanity

Beautifying Affordable Housing

In 1999, a partnership was formed between National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity with the objective of having garden club members assist Habitat for Humanity homeowners to establish low-maintenance, environmentally friendly gardens.

Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut has raised money to support the landscaping of Habit for Humanity Homes in Connecticut by accepting donations from individuals, garden clubs and by participating in fund raising walk-a-thons.

Some examples of garden clubs whose members, armed with trowels and plants, have landscaped Habitat for Humanity homes include:

  • The Long Hill Garden Club planted a tree and landscaped the area surrounding the Juliet Taylor’s Habitat for Humanity Veteran’s Home in Trumbull.
  • The Hill and Dale Garden Club has planted window boxes for Habitat homeowners to hang on their porches. The club also provided a pamphlet with plant names and care directions for the happy residents.
  • Members of the Lyme Garden Club along with volunteers from York Correctional Institution landscaped Connecticut’s first LEED certified eco-friendly low-income housing. Perennials, shrubs and trees were donated by local garden centers; club members contributed garden tools and books to the owners who expressed excitement about learning to care for the project.
  • Ledyard Garden Club members planted more than 350 bulbs around four Habitat for Humanity homes in New London to delight the homeowners in spring.
  • Country Gardeners of Glastonbury and Glastonbury Garden Clubs each landscaped a home in Hartford’s Habit for Humanity neighborhood, Swift Village.
  • North Haven Garden Club provided landscaping for a Habitat for Humanity home in New Haven.

In addition to designing, purchasing and installing landscaping, members of these garden clubs have provided education for the new homeowners so that the newly landscaped yards will thrive.

The Federation encourages our Garden Clubs in Connecticut to investigate and support Habitat for Humanity projects. They may request funds for their projects by contacting The Federation’s Habitat for Humanity Liaison.

We ask that our clubs, club members and the public donate to our special Habitat for Humanity fund to help those clubs with Habitat projects requiring funds beyond those available in their club’s budget.


Habitat ReStores

Another way to support Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore buys and sells

  • Quality new and gently used furniture
  • Appliances
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Other building materials

Proceeds enable Habitat for Humanity to build more houses in partnership with families in need.

ReStores in Connecticut may be found easily by searching online.


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • Provides quality products at discount prices
  • Keeps valuable items out of our landfills
  • Recycles usable building and home improvement merchandise
  • Helps protect the environment by reducing the amount of usable items that would have otherwise gone into landfills.

If you are redecorating or remodeling,  keep Habitat Re-Store in mind….to donate items, or to buy quality recycled ones.