The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 25, 2013

Work continues on 50th

Souper Bowl fundraiser set

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — It’s that time of year again for Habitat for Humanity of Danville’s Souper Bowl VIII fundraiser.

In addition to requesting attendees come to the soup luncheon, Habitat also is asking for help in raising the additional $15,000 needed for its Patriot Day build. Habitat’s 50th house, the Patriot build, is at 1109 Robinson St.

Emergency first-responders helped put the shell of the home up on Sept. 11, 2012.

Habitat has been seeking 50 partners to pay $1,000 each to raise $50,000 for house No. 50.

“We’re short about $15,000. We’ve built and enclosed (the home) and we want to finish it up this spring,” said Erich Hannah, Habitat board president.

Hannah said funds didn’t come in as fast as the group wanted for the build.

“We were building on faith,” he said. “We knew we had enough to get it built and enclosed.”

To raise the additional funding, Habitat officials are trying something different, “crowdfunding.” Crowdfunding is raising money online for projects. An indiegogo campaign fundraising page has been set up at: http://www.indiegogo. com/projects/308607/x/2062152.

Indiegogo is one international crowdfunding platform to raise money.

Hannah said he learned about this fundraising approach at a state Habitat conference. He attended a seminar on fundraising.

“It’s a great link to donate to a cause,” he said.

Habitat broke ground on two homes in 2012. It completed the 49th home for disabled veteran Sean Shields in December.

Habitat also started on house No. 50 for Kimberly Bryant and her family.

On Sept. 11, in honor of fallen 9/11 heroes, Habitat had a one-day blitz build and invited local first responders — police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians — and National Guard personnel to participate. Walls, trusses and the roof were erected in one day.

The exterior is completed, but inside items still needing to be addressed include wiring, plumbing and interior carpentry such as drywall, ceilings, flooring and cabinetry.

Habitat’s construction manager Mike Cundiff said the cold weather has caused some work delays. Volunteers prefer 50 degrees or warmer temperatures.

Cundiff would like to see the house completed by the end of May, and Habitat then start another one.

Souper Bowl

Hannah said the Souper Bowl fundraiser also raises money each year for Habitat’s general fund.

“It’s a good fundraiser. It’s a fun event,” Hannah said.

Those who can’t eat there can take some soup home to eat right before the Super Bowl.

Habitat officials today were to have a planning meeting for the year. Hannah said changes took place in 2012 and more will come in 2013.

“We hope they will be all positive,” he added.

The goals are to probably complete one to two more houses and have more partnerships, such as with churches.

Cundiff said he’d also like to complete another Patriot build on 9/11 this year.

“It went so well,” he said. “We did so much so quickly.”

Habitat for Humanity of Danville is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

The objective is to partner with people in need to build and provide decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged although the partners are required to spend 300/350 sweat equity hours in building their home.

Habitat for Humanity of Danville came into existence in 1986. It has a history of building about two houses per year.

In 2010, Habitat implemented a ReStore that has developed into a vibrant local business that supports constructing one home a year.

Coming up

Habitat for Humanity of Danville will host its annual Souper Bowl VIII fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church gym, 100 N. Franklin St. Eat in or take soup home. Tickets are $6 each for choice of soup, crackers, cole slaw, dessert and water/coffee/tea or $12 per quart of take-home soup. Tickets will be available at the door or contact Habitat for Humanity of Danville at 497-4234 or stop by the ReStore, 121 N. Walnut St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Danville Dashers’ hockey players will be helping serve at the lunch.