Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County Launches 24 hour campaign to raise $20,000 for local families.
Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will begin its largest fundraising effort of the year – Build Hope, Fund Hope - on Tuesday May 3rd at 12:00 pm EST.
See the Campaign!
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield serves in Union and Middlesex Counties and helps families build and buy their own simple, decent homes to achieve the dream of home-ownership.
Habitat GPMC signed on to this high stakes, innovative online fundraising initiative that will raise a significant amount in just 24 hours via a crowdfunding platform: Charidy.com. The platform is unique because all donations on the day of the event will be QUADRUPLED thanks to generous matching support from Syncrony Bank, Allstate- The Espeland Group, and an anonymous donor.
However, if Habitat does not meet its online goal within 24 hours, all donations will be returned.
The #buildhope #fundhope initiative for Habitat GPMC is a new one this year. “Raising $20,000 in just 24 hours is unprecedented for us,” said Jeremy Montgomery, President & CEO of Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County, “and we will need the support of our surrounding community to reach our goal.”
In its 27 year history, Habitat GPMC has built 46 homes, is nearing completion on another in Highland Park, and just broke ground on a new project in Plainfield, NJ.
An estimated 100,000 people attended Rutgers Day 2016, an official celebration of the university's 250th anniversary.
AUTHOR: Pamela MacKenzie, @pammackenziemc MyCentralJersey.com
NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers marked its 250th anniversary on Saturday with huge celebrations on all of the campuses, and an estimated 100,000 individuals, many as couples or families, took advantage of the day to see what the various schools at Rutgers offer, from sports to music to food science to agriculture, the arts, and more. Even if you limit yourself to one campus, whether it is one of the ones in New Brunswick/Piscataway, or Newark or Camden, it is impossible to take it all in during just one day.
But this year's Rutgers Day on Saturday was particularly expansive.
On the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, the broad focus was on science, ranging from horticulture to animal science, food science and even firefighting. Rutgers Gardens had a very large plant sale. There was an inflatable tunnel that mimicked the root system of a tree. The annual dog show for the Seeing Eye attracted dog lovers from around the state.The Rutgers Habitat for Humanity club was displaying a barrier-free garage that members had built for the Johnson family of Plainfield. And taking all this activity in stride were families pushing strollers, leading dogs on leashes and taking photos with smartphones.
Building a better world
Eduardo Gutierrez, special projects manager for Habitat for Humanity at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, explained that last week, the club had built a no-barriers garage for the Johnson family of Plainfield, a family working with Habitat to build a home so their wheelchair-bound son can live with them. The club chose a garage so they could build it on campus, then disassemble it in sections and move it to Plainfield. The club works on 12 to 14 builds per semester, but those all are off campus. Gutierrez said they got approval to build the garage on a parking lot on the Douglass Campus so that other students could see what they are doing.
"What's so great is the people," said Gutierrez. "I transferred here from Sussex Community College two years ago, and since then, 90 percent of the friends I've made have been through Habitat for Humanity. It's been a really big part of my experience."
Alan Aldana, the building manager, said he organizes all the Habitat teams of about 12 students who go to the off-campus building sites, but for the garage build, they club needed about 18 students. They expected the project to take three days, but it rained one day, so they extended their work time for two days and got the job completed. They had a little help from the main Habitat chapter, but most of the work was done by the student volunteers.
Aldana had started with Habitat as a senior in high school and now is a junior at Rutgers. Next year, in addition to working on builds, he'll play an administrative role, similar to Gutierrez. He said they usually build in Plainfield, but they've also built in Highland Park and Perth Amboy.
During the summer, Gutierez said, the students raise money for Habitat by working for a concessionaire at music festivals, selling beer.
"It's pretty good; we work a few hours, and we make a small percentage on every beer we sell, plus tips. We make about $1,000 per concert," Gutierrez said."
The Rutgers Habitat club is currently raising $50,000 for its next building project.
"Yes, the families who get the houses pay back the cost of the house, but that's over 30 years," Gutierrez said. "The money we raise allows us to build the next house right away so we don't have to wait 30 years to get more money."
The Rutgers Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is currently raising funds for Habitat Barrier Free. To donate toward their $50,000 effort, please visit: https://www.habitatgpmc.org/dollar-for-dollar
PLAINFIELD, NJ – For Nikeisa Johnson, a New Year has brought more than the turning of a page in the calendar. On Monday January 4th, Ms. Johnson and her four children of
ficially became the newest partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. The Johnson’s future Habitat home, a project designated for a family in need of a barrier-free home, will be built in conjunction with New Jersey Connect, which is a Westfield based nonprofit founded in 1994 to address the housing needs of individuals with physical disabilities.
Nikeisa’s 2-year-old son, born 3 months premature, has a condition that requires 24-hour medical attention and has impeded him from living at home since birth. Nikeisa must demonstrate to the medical facility that her home can accommodate his medical needs before he can be brought home.
“This opportunity means a lot to me because this will allow my son to come home for the first time in his life and allow for healthy growth.” Nikeisa continues gleefully, “I have never had my own home so I am thankful for this partnership.”
Nikeisa’s home will be built on East 5th Street, next to another Habitat home built in 2010. To meet the medical needs of her son, her home will be designed as barrier-free and accessible, in conjunction with the Johnsons and their hospital social worker.
“We are very excited, moved emotionally, and inspired to partner with Nikeisa and her family,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, CEO and President of the local Habitat chapter. “We look to move forward in finalizing our house design with her and the hospital to ensure accommodations for her son’s medical devices and accessibility needs.”
In addition to funding from New Jersey Connect, the Rutgers University Habitat Campus Chapter has committed to this project as a Half House Sponsor to provide $50,000. Rutgers University’s Habitat Campus Chapter and its student members has been collaborating with Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex for five years and recently completed their first $100,000 sponsorship.
“We are so excited to begin this new project and are continually inspired by Habitat’s mission and determination to build more homes for more families in New Jersey,” commented Andrew Spano, Rutgers student and current President of Rutgers University Habitat Campus Chapter.
A lifetime resident of Plainfield, Johnson is excited to keep her family in Plainfield, to soon have a home of their own, and most of all, to bring her son home for the first time in his life.
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