Give to Habitat for "Give Local St. Joseph County"
Give Local St. Joseph County —the Community Foundation’s 24-hour “giving event”—is happening again! On Tuesday, May 9, you have a chance to make a BIG difference for Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County!
Along with more than 65 other local charities, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County is participating in Give Local St. Joseph County. Every dollar that Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County raises on May 9 will be increased by a share of $2.4 million in matching funds provided by major sponsors.
Give Local St. Joseph County will help Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County now and from now on: 75% of the net gifts we raise on May 9 will support our current programming, and the other 25%—plus the matching funds!—will go into our permanent endowment with the Community Foundation, increasing the annual support Habitat for Humanity receives from now on.
Please consider a gift to Habitat for Give Local St. Joseph County. Every donation of $25 or more will help us earn a bigger share of the matching pool!
1. Give by check, payable to the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
Be sure to list Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County in the check’s memo line so that theCommunity Foundation knows which organization you wish to benefit. Your check should be dated May 9,2017. In order to qualify for matching funds, the minimum gift amount is $25.
The Community Foundation must receive your check no later than May 9, 2017, so plan to mail it early. If you prefer, you can drop off your gift at our office at (402 E South Street, South Bend) or either of our ReStores any time during business hours before 5:00 PM on or before Tuesday, May 9. Please make sure your check is dated May 9 and made out to “The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County”. Help us build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter!
Also, the Community Foundation will be hosting a “Drive-Thru Donation Station” outside of the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on May 9 where you can drop off your check.
2. Give by credit card, online
Make your gift at the secure website GiveLocalSJC.org on May 9, 2017, using your credit or debit card, and choose Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County as the beneficiary of your gift. Or you can schedule your online gift in advance at GiveLocalSJC.org once the “preview period” begins on May 1, 2017.
You can also make a credit card gift by phone: WNDU-TV will host a televised phone bank during the day on May 9.
3. Give a gift of appreciated stock
You can benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County with a gift of appreciated stock. To do this, contact the Community Foundation directly for instructions on how to transfer your gift of stock. Transfers of stocks or mutual funds can take time, so plan to initiate the transfer when the “preview period” begins on May 1. You’ll need to let the Community Foundation know the date, type, and number of shares you’ll be transferring to benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County.
4. Give from an IRA
If you’re over age 70½, you can support Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County for Give Local St. Joseph County by transferring a gift directly from your IRA plan to the Community Foundation. Such transfers count toward your annual required minimum distribution and are not included in your income. You’ll need to contact your IRA plan administrator to initiate a transfer; also, contact the Community Foundation directly to let them know that you want your IRA gift to support Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County.
5. Give through a Donor-Advised Fund with the Community Foundation
All donor-advised fund holders will hear from the Community Foundation directly about the details of this opportunity.
Questions? Get in touch with us at (574) 288-6967 and we’ll be glad to help!
Habitat provides housing solutions to hard-working, low-income families and individuals in need. We serve our local community by providing homeownership opportunities and critical home repair.
“‘It’s a hand up, not a handout,’” said Jay and his wife Elizabeth, who closed on their Habitat home in 2016. “That phrase, and the action and attitude of this organization changed my family’s life forever.”
People in our community partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Families in the Habitat program help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Our families also complete hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” that includes taking homeownership classes, working on Habitat build sites, and volunteering at our ReStores. With a hand up instead of a hand out, our families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life. Habitat also provides critical home repairs for seniors (60+) through our “Aging in Place” program, and military veterans through our “Repair Corps” program.
The money we raise through Give Local St. Joseph County will be used to purchase building supplies so that 12 families can move into their new Habitat home by the end of the year. Your gift will help families like Drew and Ana. After meeting in school three years ago, they started dating and have been married since August 2016. They moved from Chicago to South Bend for job opportunities, but dealt with unsafe living conditions as they tried to establish their new life together. “A Habitat home means security, peace of mind, happiness, and independence,” said Drew and Ana. “There’s something special about walking into your own home and saying ‘this is mine, this is what I worked hard for.’”
No donation is too small. Every nail, every stud, every bucket of paint that you help purchase will create a safe and affordable home for families in need.