Habitat for Humanity Receives State Farm Grant
Illinois Wesleyan University students Melissa Myers (left), IWU Habitat for Humanity
fundraising co-chair, and Luke Sheen (middle), IWU Habitat for Humanity co-vice-president
receive a grant check from Heather Paul (right) of State Farm.
March 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University chapter of Habitat for Humanity
has received a $2,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Companies.
The Illinois Wesleyan University chapter applied for and received the grant in competition
with numerous other campus chapters across the United States. State Farm, the national
sponsor for all Habitat for Humanity youth programs, gave out a total of 28 matching
grants to various campus chapters. The matching grants required the chapters to raise
an amount equal to the grant before receiving the funds. The IWU chapter raised the
amount through a number of fundraisers including Trick-or-Treat for Change and the
Power of a Dollar, where each student asks friends and family to contribute a single
“State Farm has been a sponsor of Habitat for Humanity for many years, encouraging
employees and community members to become involved with the program,” says Heather
Paul, a specialist in public affairs for State Farm. “As a company, State Farm also
holds a commitment toward young adults and youth involvement in the community.” Paul
presented the grant to the chapter on Feb. 10 at an IWU Board of Trustees meeting.
The grant will go toward the chapter’s yearly sponsorship of the construction of a
house. To date the chapter has sponsored three houses. This year’s house will be the
14th built by the chapter at a cost of $30,000.
The IWU chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a joint venture with Illinois State University,
is a not-for-profit organization that works to provide decent housing for those in
need in an effort to eliminate homelessness.
For additional information, contact the Office of University Communications at (309)
Contact: Heather Lindquist, ’09, (309) 556-3181