Raising Dollars for Homes
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County is fortunate to have a very healthy ReStore that supports 100% of our operating costs thus allowing us more time to spend working with our home building families. That said, we have a few signature events through out the year to build awareness for our programs and raise extra dollars. Every dollars raised at these events goes directly into our building fund.
National Women Build Week is held the week leading up to Mother’s Day with Lowe‘s generously donating millions of dollars and volunteer support. Our affiliate has continued to be chosen as one of the three hundred affiliates to hold a Women Build Event. The event is exactly what it sounds like. A build day specifically designed for women. There is a rising number of women that are desperately in need of adequate and affordable housing. This event helps empower the participants and grow awareness for the importance of safe and stable housing. For a minimal cost, each participants is treated to breakfast, lunch, a commemorative T-shirt and memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
Around the third Saturday in June we jam to tunes from local band favorite, EXIT 42. The concert is held at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. It is a family affair with corn hole, glow sticks and plenty of other fun. Tickets are traditionally around $10 per person in advance and $15 per person at the door. We always have a food truck and local beer and wine for sale available to our concert goers.
To help build awareness and recognize World Habitat Day held the first Monday of October each year, Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County began a program in 2015 titled The Door Project. Local artist are chosen to come pick a door from the ReStore, use it as a canvas and create a masterpiece. Each artist donates their time and creative talents to the fundraising project. Shoppers are asked if they would be willing to donate a dollar to be entered to win a chance at one of the doors.
In the spirit of celebrating the communities they do business in, The Bon-Ton Stores/Herberger’sinvites Habitat to sell their Community Days Coupon Booklets in the fall for just $5 each. Each coupon book contains over $500 worth of coupons. What makes this so exciting is Habitat keeps 100% of the proceeds to help build homes alongside our families. The sale this year is from November 8th through November 11th. The books are on sale now at the ReStore.
Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. It is scheduled each year on the first Tuesday of the month. This year it is Tuesday, December 7th. Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County is part of a collaborative of local non profits called Grand Valley Gives that work together to promote the day.