Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio (HFHMO) benefits from the ongoing support of numerous organizations and programs that work in partnership with us to fulfill our mission. Here are some of our partners and sponsors:
The heart and soul of our mission, “partner families” are the first-time homebuyers who work with our Affiliate to build and purchase a Habitat home. They progress through a lengthy application process, home visits, homeowner education classes, and perform 200-250 hours of “sweat equity” building their own and other houses, before being presented with the keys to their beautiful new Habitat home at a dedication ceremony. The families continue their partnership with Habitat for all the years they own their home, as we service their mortgages and occasionally call on them to speak to prospective partner families about their experience. We exist for these families, and couldn’t be successful without them!
The cornerstone of our success has always been the generous congregations that join together to raise money and provide volunteers for specific house builds. These regional Adopt-A-House (AAH) groups include churches, synagogues, and even civic associations that work together and commit to certain annual fundraising and volunteer goals. We are blessed to count these groups as among our most steadfast supporters: Clintonville/Beechwold AAH Partnership, Dublin AAH Partnership, Eastside AAH Partnership, Hilliard AAH Partnership, New Albany AAH Partnership, Northwest AAH Partnership, and the Worthington AAH Partnership. For more information about the AAH program, please contact the Resource Development department, at Jkeller@habitatmidohio.org.
Habitat provides an array of service opportunities for individuals of diverse backgrounds through its partnership with AmeriCorps. A year-long service program allows young men and women to learn career skills while contributing to their communities through national service. Members help Habitat affiliates develop their capacity to build more houses by taking on crucial roles in resource development, project management, construction coordination, volunteer recruiting, family support services, ReStore development, and more. We are fortunate to have a number of these hard-working folks serving the HFHGC Affiliate each year. For additional information, visit www.americorps.org.
Local and national businesses can give back to the communities in which they operate by fully or partially sponsoring a Habitat home. In addition to providing crucial funding for the build, corporate sponsors often provide construction volunteers who work under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to help us further reduce homebuilding costs. Building an entire house provides a unique team-building and problem-solving environment for companies and a rewarding hands-on experience for volunteers. We have had the honor of partnering with many of central Ohio’s philanthropic leaders in the past few years, including American Electric Power, Battelle, Bob Evans, Chase, LimitedBrands, Nationwide Insurance, and The Ohio State University. For a complete list of our donors, please click here. For additional information on sponsoring a house, please contact Sue Melnyk, Resource Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Thrivent Builds” is a four-year, $125 million alliance between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. The alliance has brought together the financial, volunteer, and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial and the resources and capacities of hundreds of Habitat for Humanity’s local affiliates to build more than 1,000 homes since 2005.
In December 2008, Thrivent Financial announced its 2009 commitments: more than $24 million to be awarded to Habitat affiliates for the construction of 314 homes in 37 states and the District of Columbia. An additional $1.7 million will go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where rebuilding efforts are still essential following Hurricane Katrina.
Thrivent Builds has constructed four homes with the Greater Columbus Affiliate, with two more planned for the 2009 build season. To learn more about Thrivent Builds and how you can get involved, visit www.thriventbuilds.com.
Women Build is a Habitat volunteer program bringing together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Women Build teaches basic construction skills and proves that pounding nails and raising walls are skills not exclusive to men! The Women Build program at Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus raises money through Habitat logo merchandise sales and special events throughout the year, and has built six homes in Franklin County. In 2009, Women Build and Habitat’s ReStore are joining together to fully fund a Women Build home. To get involved, please contact Deb Light, Volunteer Director, at email@example.com.