Our local affiliate is one of 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects during the week with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in the event.
From May 6-14, 2017, local volunteers will serve a family in need of an affordable, accessible, barrier free home. The home has been specially designed to meet the needs of a family with a physical disability.
National Women Build Week brings together women to devote at least one day to building decent and affordable housing in their local communities. This is our fifth year participating as a local affiliate. Nearly 100,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in previous years.
“Once again, we are privileged to participate in the 10th annual National Women Build Week,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, CEO of the Plainfield and Middlesex affiliate. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home, and we are grateful to Lowe’s for their financial and volunteer support.”
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008. Each year, the company provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.
No construction skills are necessary to participate in this year’s project.
To volunteer or donate, call Sam Griggs at (888) 557-6032 ext. 6 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb.
SUPPORT WOMEN BUILD 2017
More funds are needed to finish this home! As we plan for this year's event, please support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County to help our local hardworking families build strength, stability and independence through shelter.
New Brunswick, NJ (October 2016) – Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter (RUHFH) has been named one of 30 groups selected to receive a grant from State Farm®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs. RUHFH has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant, a large stimulus to the fundraising efforts for the campus chapter.
“We are grateful to have been selected again this year as one of the matching grant recipients,” said RUHFH chapter President Vishnu Venkatesh. “State Farm’s commitment to enabling student-leaders to make tangible change in their communities is inspiring. I believe this grant will drive our chapter to reach new heights in our fundraising, advocacy, and building efforts. The funds generated through this grant will be used for Habitat for Humanity Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County’s Barrier Free Home Project, where the affiliate is constructing a home designated for a family in need of a barrier free, accessible home. Ultimately, the grant will facilitate our chapter’s completion of our half-home sponsorship for this barrier free home.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led, student-initiated organizations on high school or college campuses that partner with local Habitat affiliates to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Rutgers University Campus Chapter has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity since 2012 and will use the granted funds for the Habitat Barrier Free project.
“We are proud that our efforts will help engage youth in Habitat’s work in making affordable housing possible,” said Kellie Clapper, assistant Vice President of Philanthropy and Human Resources at State Farm. “State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better educated communities.”
Scheduled fundraising activities include Build-A-Thon, a 24-hour fundraising event focused on raising awareness on the difficulties of inadequate housing, and staffing a concession stand at Rutgers University football games. The Rutgers chapter also actively participates in construction of the Barrier Free home and advocates for the necessity of proper shelter.
Habitat has several programs to engage youth ages 5 to 25. In addition to the ongoing support State Farm offices provide to local Habitat affiliates across the United States, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs since 2007.
About Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter (RUHFH) seeks to provide decent, affordable homes in their community by fundraising, advocating, and building homes for low income families. Along the way RUHFH fosters student growth by providing leadership opportunities, teaching them tangible skills, and encouraging them to leave their comfort zone. Our current project, Habitat Barrier Free, focuses on creating an affordable, accessible, barrier free home for a family in need. Learn more at ruhfh.com, and keep up with news about the Habitat Barrier free project at https://www.habitatgpmc.org/habitat-barrier-free.html. With over 100 active student-volunteers, RUHFH is one of the largest student organizations on the Rutgers campus and continues to challenge the status-quo of student service initiatives.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. Habitat supports partner families with training in budgeting, homebuyer education, and home and landscape maintenance training. To date, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex has built 47 homes locally and funded 79 homes globally through Habitat’s global tithe program. Construction is complete on its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield called “Habitat Village” and its first project in Highland Park is underway. To volunteer, donate, or own a Habitat home, visit www.habitatgpmc.org.
About State Farm
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 83 million policies and accounts – nearly 81 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 35 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.
[PLAINFIELD, NJ] — As a part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Vietnam Big Build a team of eleven will be representing Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County in Phu Tho, Vietnam. Through the Vietnam Big Build, hundreds of volunteers will join together to shine a spotlight on the problem of substandard housing and demonstrate what can be accomplished when families, communities, and nations come together in an effort to build a future where everyone lives in a decent home.
“We are delighted to be coordinating a volunteer team for the 2016 Vietnam Big Build not only as a way to further support the mission of Habitat for Humanity, but as a way to offer varied and unique opportunities to our local community to engage with Habitat’s work of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter,” commented Jeremy Montgomery, President & CEO of Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. Montgomery added, “Many volunteers with Habitat for Humanity arrive for a global village trip ready to give. By the end of the build week, they leave with the wonderful blessing of having received much more.”
The team from Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will travel to Vietnam to build alongside 300 other international volunteers during the week of October 1st-8th. Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex’s Vietnam Big Build team includes Habitat staff Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Allie Whitefleet, and Tom Wescoe along with eight other participants - Faye Brown, Cynthia Crane, Christa DiLalo, Mike DiLalo, Jennifer Gregory, Kathleen McGowan, Valerie Ramsberger, and Peter Sexton. These individuals will support Habitat for Humanity Vietnam's work of eliminating poverty housing in the region.
During this one week Big Build the impact will be long-lasting for a community of low income families in the Phu Tho Province, approximately 80 km from the capitol city of Hanoi. The people of Phu Tho are among the poorest in the country and the province is prone to flooding every year during the monsoon season. The majority of these families will not be able to own a secure, decent house in their life-time.
Many families live in thatched houses with corrugated tin roofs and simply cannot afford to make constant and costly home repairs. Vietnam Big Build aims to build 25 houses in one week. International and national volunteers will work alongside Habitat Vietnam home partners to construct the houses and complete the building project that will help transform lives and a community. The homes will be built with environmental-friendly materials and disaster-resilient construction technology, such as raised foundations, as a preventative measure against flooding.
Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County donates 10% of its proceeds toward global efforts with Habitat for Humanity. In addition to sending a team of volunteers, this year’s donation was given to this project in Vietnam.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing. Homes are sold at no profit to those in need with a no-interest Habitat mortgage. Since 1989, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex has built 42 homes, all built by volunteers and by using tax-deductible donations of money and materials. This summer, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex began work on its 43rd home, a project called Habitat Barrier Free.
Last month Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County hosted its annual Women Build Event as a part of National Women Build Week.
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.