UPDATE: The Monroe Community came together and helped Habitat Monroe raise over $37,000!
Have you ever had the weight of the world on your shoulders, wondering where your next rent payment would come from? Have you come home, and seen all your children’s possessions sitting on the curb? Have you ever slept in your car in the dead of winter, doing all you can to keep your baby warm?
If you have experienced, or even witnessed these things, I am sure you can see why safe, affordable shelter is a necessity for all.
At Habitat, we believe the same, and since 1995 have dedicated our time to helping individuals and families succeed on their journey to homeownership. We work alongside future homeowners to help them save money; by acquiring down payment assistance, securing affordable rates, and building highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes.
Finding a home can be a highly stressful experience. We aim to help Habitat homeowners worry less, and gain support by guiding them through the homeownership process, every step of the way. Owning a home is a huge step toward self-sufficiency, stability, and confidence, and provides a safe, comfortable space to grow and thrive.
At Habitat Monroe, we give a hand up, instead of a handout. Homeowners work alongside volunteers and the Habitat construction crew, contributing 200 hours of sweat equity work. Homeowners partner with us, building their own home and learning basic home repair techniques along the way.
Over the years, Habitat Monroe has helped 156 adults and 238 children move into safe, affordable, energy efficient housing, changing lives for generations to come. Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s newest homeowner, Nickole Reinhardt, recently celebrated her home dedication, finally receiving the keys to her new Habitat Home just in time for the Holidays!
Nickole is the mother of four; William, Jasmine, Jordin, and Nova. After 15 years of renting, she knew it was time to become a homeowner. She first heard of Habitat for Humanity while she was looking for properties to purchase, then entered Habitat Monroe’s homeownership program nearly a year ago, in December of 2020.
As many of you know, the price of lumber and other building supplies has increased dramatically since Covid began. Overall, there has been an 18% increase in residential construction supply prices. This translates to a cost increase of $29,500 on the average Habitat Home.
We are here today to ask for your support and participation in our latest fundraiser, the Square Foot Challenge.
Help us change the world, one home at a time...
Habitat Monroe’s Square Foot Challenge is a virtual fundraiser beginning on January 10th. It runs through February 8th. The Challenge is 100% online and gives everyone the opportunity to raise $150 for Habitat for Humanity, without opening your wallet or leaving the comfort of your own home!
Through this program last year, Habitat Monroe was able to generate over $36,000 because of support from people like you, which helped build Nickole’s beautiful new home!
Our fundraiser is hosted by 100X, a wonderful online fundraising company with a mission to do good, give consumers a voice, and create financial impact for good causes.
What personal information is required?
Your name and contact information are required to sign up for the Square Foot Challenge.
The fundraising company, 100X, is committed to protecting your privacy, and will not share or sell your information to third parties. Your contact information CAN be shared with Habitat Monroe, but there is an option to opt out of this when you sign up. We encourage you to share your contact information with us if you feel so led. This will help us stay in touch with you throughout the Square Foot Challenge.
This is also a great way to stay informed about other events happening at Habitat Monroe, such as Habitat Home builds, home dedications, fundraising events, and more!
Do I have to pay to take part in the challenge?
There is no cost to participate in the Square Foot Challenge, and no credit card (or other financial) information will ever be requested.
How do I help raise funds?
If you choose to participate, you will take short online surveys about products you already use. Each survey question takes approximately 45 seconds to complete. For each completed survey, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe will receive $2 from 100X.
Each participant has the opportunity to answer up to 75 survey questions, raising $150 for Habitat Monroe… which is the approximate cost of one square foot of a Habitat home.
If you do the math… 75 questions at 45 seconds each…that’s $150 raised for under an hour of your time!
What impact can I make?
Participants can choose to take surveys as an individual, but we encourage you to work as a team and see how much you can raise! Teams are broken down into groups of ten participants, meaning each group has the potential to raise $1,500!!!!
It is important to us that all of our participants, volunteers and supporters know that they are valued and appreciated. We’ve decided to spice up the fundraiser with a bit of fun and friendly competition and inspire every individual to participate.
Top fundraisers and team leads are eligible for awesome prizes and giveaways!!!
The top three team leads will win a gift card to a Monroe County small business of your choice, in the amounts of $200, $150, and $50. If you are a team lead, be sure to encourage and push your entire team to complete their 75 questions!
Even participants who are not a team lead, but complete all 75 of their survey questions, will be entered to win a $250 Meijer Gift Card!!
This is our small way of thanking you for helping to further Habitat’s mission.
The BIG Picture
As a community, we have the opportunity to raise over $40,000 with this single fundraiser. These funds will do wonders to help our friends and neighbors become homeowners and take a big step toward independence and self-sufficiency.
For more information, contact Jennifer Hockenberger at: