How much does it cost to build a house? Better yet, how much do you think it costs to build a house?
Have that number in mind?
For us to even start building one home, it costs $35,000. Our organization is completely funded by monetary and gift-in-kind donations without outside assistance, except in the form of grants and forgivable loans. Now obviously, we can’t build the whole house for 35k, but it’s what we call the seed money for a home.
Seed money is only the money we allocate to initiate building. It doesn’t fund the whole home, but it allows us to start the project and select a family in need. The rest of the funds come from contractors that donate services, volunteer labor, churches that group together for faith builds, local businesses, and donations. However, without that initial seed money, we can’t start building.
We call the organizations and businesses that provide that seed money house sponsors. These are businesses, organizations, churches, civic groups and more that agree to pay $35,000 towards our cause and also provide volunteers to work on-site.
Members of the house sponsor organizations speak at Groundbreaking and Dedication ceremonies, they meet the families, and they have feet on the ground through all steps of the process to help provide local families with a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.
Interested? Keep reading to find out how your group can become a house sponsor and help local families in need.
Step 1: Schedule a Meeting with David or Kirsten
The first step on the journey to becoming a house sponsor is setting up a meeting with our Executive Director David Wenger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Community Outreach Coordinator Kirsten Lambert (email@example.com). By placing a simple call to our office at (540) 828-6288 or emailing them you can set up a meeting for your group to talk about what Central Valley Habitat does in the community and how you can help.
During the meeting they’ll talk with you about options for sponsoring a home as a single business or group of businesses and organizations, what the volunteer expectations are, and all the ways we let the community know that your group is generously sponsoring a build with us.
Prior to the meeting, be sure to send the number of people expected so that we can have an adequate number of informational sponsorship packets ready for you. These will give you details on our organization, duties of a house sponsor, our latest newsletter and more!
Step 2: Fill out the Sponsorship Letter of Intent
After meeting with one of our staff, if you’ve decided that a house sponsorship is right for your group then you just have to fill out some paperwork and the real fun begins! The Sponsorship Letter of Intent is included in the packet you’ll receive during your meeting. Afterwards, fill it out and return it to us so that we can start recognizing your group for helping us help the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community!
After you return the form you’ll meet again with our Executive Director and finalize the details. We can come back and present to a larger portion of your organization at this point and provide you with information on how to organize groups to come and volunteer.
Step 3: Help us build!
Once everything has been finalized we can start advertising your group, thanking you at our Banquet, and more! This is the best part, you get to work on-site side-by-side with our partner families. By sponsoring a home and providing volunteers your group is helping us #buildcentralvalley and create #aplaceforeveryonecvhfh. We’ll feature you in our newsletter, future interviews, in photos of our ceremonies and volunteers working on site.
You can share images from our Facebook and Instagram pages of your employees, group members, or congregation members working on the Habitat homes, contribute a blog post for us to post on our website, and we’ll feature your logo on our sign on VA Ave. in Harrisonburg!
What are you waiting for? Help us build up our low-income families in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County!
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