I have spent the last six years trying to offer more to Habitat for Humanity than I receive in return. Instead, I have found myself with innumerable life-changing experiences that come from sealing windows to lobbying on Capitol Hill.
While I could write for hours about the importance of Habitat and the difference it makes on so many lives, I understand that the best way to get others to comprehend the impact is to share the experience.
The Whirlpool Blitz Build is the perfect platform for new volunteers. Constructing a house in 10 days is no easy feat, but with the collaboration of the Kelley School of Business, the Whirlpool Corporation, the City of Bloomington, and Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, the campus and the community come together annually and are able to hand the keys of a new life to a qualified candidate in Monroe County.
The house dedication for Nettie Garza and her three kids on Oct. 3 displayed the magnitude of our ten-day accomplishment as we handed off the keys, and the homeowners brought the staff and volunteers to tears. I have been to many dedications, but this one was special.
As a Bloomington native, I watched my campus and community come together to support Nettie. As she took the microphone to give her speech, she could barely make it through to articulate, “I am so happy to say I have made the American Dream. Thank you for making that possible.”
As if our hearts weren’t already melted, her son, not even a teenager yet, took the mic explaining that he told his mother not to cry and now cannot hold back the tears. “I cannot thank you enough for making my mom so happy.” When the ribbon split into two, we saw the family enter into a home that they had worked to help build for their future.
What makes our organization special is the quality of the people, from staff to volunteers to homeowners. The energy and teamwork needed to realize the “American Dream” are magnified in this ten-day window, but the work does not stop there. Monroe County has the highest poverty rate in the state of Indiana, and Habitat for Humanity is currently serving 16 families a year with over 20 more on the wait-list. Our IU Campus Chapter is working hard to make an impact on- and off-site through building, fundraising, and awareness efforts.
We accept new volunteers year-round and with two of our largest annual fundraisers coming up this semester, now is an exciting time to join.
From Nov. 13-15, we will be going into the community for our annual Rake-a-Thon in hopes of raking enough leaves to raise $10,000. For this event, we accept interested groups and individuals.
Less than a month later, from Dec. 4-12, we are hosting Houses for Houses, a winter fundraising festival surrounding the construction of Indiana’s Largest Gingerbread House. We are looking for volunteers to help run our Habitat-specific event on Dec. 5, corporate sponsors, and student organizations interested in hosting an event at the house any time between Dec. 6-11. Whether you like leaf piles or icing, we have a place for you!
To learn more about our campus chapter, donate, or join, please visit our website or our Facebook page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any contribution of time, treasure, and talent is appreciated, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our organization. Thank you for your support – together we can make a difference!