Habitat for Humanity is well-known for helping provide safe housing solutions to people in Third World countries, but a lot of people are unaware of just how much good they do for American residents in need. There are Habitat for Humanity offices located throughout the country, and this is a resource for people who have lost their home after a natural disaster. Additionally, this non-profit organization reaches out to those who do not have a high enough income to find safe and reliable housing options.
The Minnesota version of Habitat for Humanity recently partnered up with some national and local companies to specifically focus on low-income families, and this is expected to help transform some worn down houses and neighborhoods. The national, first annual event, which is known as A Brush with Kindness Week, will help an average of six families in each of the participating 24 states.
What is A Brush with Kindness?
Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction with Valspar and Wells Fargo, will focus on making exterior repairs for people who are unable to afford the necessary supplies and contractors to take care of everything on their own. Valspar has provided an astounding 2.2 million gallons of paint, and the company has also pledged to give Habitat for Humanity $36 million in additional contributions between now and 2019.
The Minnesota version of this event will be launched on September 19 in St. Paul. Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, Wells Fargo and Valspar are scheduled to join forces to paint a large U.S. banner. After that inaugural kickoff event is completed, the volunteers will work on 10 projects in the area to assist low-income families.
A Brush with Kindness runs from September 19 – 26, and 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate nationwide. The Minnesota chapters of Habitat for Humanity are also currently working on several other projects that are not part of this special week.
Building Homes in Minnesota
The Rice County Habitat for Humanity organization that is based out of Dundas, MN, has committed to building at least two homes this year. The first groundbreaking took place on June 2, and both projects are expected to cost $81 for each square foot. A fundraiser was held on September 14 to help raise awareness and gather some much-needed contributions to keep the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity moving in the right direction.
One local business, Millersberg Construction, is playing an integral role in a housebuilding project in Waseca. During an interview with a representative from the company, we found out how the process of getting involved with Habitat for Humanity typically works:
“We received a phone call from Habitat for Humanity to partner with them to help build this house. Since we are GAF Master Elite Contractors, we are able to get the material costs reimbursed so that Habitat for Humanity does not have to pay for those materials. This home is located in Waseca, MN, and it is currently in the process of being built. We will complete our portion of the project in early October.”
When asked why the company chose to get involved, the representative from Millersberg Construction replied, ”I believe that it is important that I do my best to help as many people as possible, and this is a great way to get others involved in helping people who may not be so fortunate. We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in such as great project that will greatly help a family in need.”
Habitat for Humanity definitely cannot continue to help so many people without the support of local and national contributors such as Millersberg Construction and Valspar, so it is important for their customers to let each respective business know how much their charity work is appreciated. This is one way that we can all reach out to others in need, even if we do not have the financial resources to make a donation.