Habitat for Humanity

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.  

Habitat for Humanity Receives State Farm Grant

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 dollar.

“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) 556-3181.

Contact: Heather Lindquist, ’09, (309) 556-3181