The ISU-IWU student chapter of Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the Bloomington-Normal community which gave so generously to our Trick or Treat for Change campaign on Halloween.
Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $6,000 to help defray the $70,000 cost of this year's house.
Special thanks go out to the staff of ISU's Student Volunteer Center and the more than 200 ISU and IWU students who participated.
The ISU-IWU student chapter is one of the most successful in the United States having built 11 houses in the past 11 years. We are currently at work on our 12th consecutive house.
We serve under and with the support of Habitat for Humanity McLean County which has built more than 100 homes locally since its inception in 1985.
Habitat for Humanity does not build for people in need but rather with them. Each Habitat family must invest between 400 and 500 hours of “sweat equity” into their and other Habitat families' homes.
Habitat does not give homes away; Habitat families purchase them.
Each home locally is underwritten with a 25-year, no interest loan. This means that mortgage payments are almost always lower than rent payments the Habitat family paid before moving into their new home.
Thank you again for all who donated to our Trick or Treat for Change campaign. By doing so, you have joined a global social movement that since 1976 has built more than 200,000 houses in more than 100 countries around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
Please look for us again next year on Halloween and call Habitat for Humanity McLean County if you would like to make a donation of time, money or supplies.
The writer is faculty adviser to ISU Habitat for Humanity.