Rockford Youth Initiative chose for its service project a very ambitious undertaking. The Rockford High School group will build a Habitat for Humanity house here in Rockford.
Finding unique fundraisers to help come up with the money is part of the challenge of such a big project. The students organized activities by donation at the Heirloom Tomato Festival, but have something more substantial underway now. Launched December 2, is a “stud sale” where the public can purchase and personalize a beam that will permanently be part of the home.
“The sale will continue until we have sold all the studs,” said Youth Initiative teacher Dan Modderman. “We have 200 right now, but about 500 go into a typical home. We would love to have all 500 personalized by members of the Rockford Community” “The Youth Initiative students have worked extremely hard this fall in the fundraising stage of this project. They have done everything: bake sales, pop can drives, presentations to businesses and community groups, even organizing a event where students purchased whip cream pies to throw in teacher’s faces.”
The studes sell for $50 each and can be personalized with paint, markers, quotes, signatures, or nearly any other way the purchaser desires. Since they will be used in home construction nothing should be glued or nailed to them and the physical nature of the stud should not be changed.
Interested parties can write Modderman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the high school at (616) 863-6030. The studs can be picked up from the high school or we can arrange to drop them off.
The kids already are thinking of decorating ideas. The studs can be unique, alternative gifts, or just your own personalized way of contributing to something great. Please consider this opportunity. Get a group together, purchase several studs and have a “Stud Painting Party.” The possibilities are endless. Checks made out to Habitat for Humanity will be tax deductable. The studs can be picked up from the high school or the Youth Initiative can arrange one or more to be dropped off. Payment is expected upon pick up or delivery. “We are approaching $20,000, but we have a long way to go,” Modderman said.
“The response of the students and staff at RPS and from the Rockford community has been tremendous. To date we have received $26,700 in donations and pledges. We are a third of the way to our $75,000 goal,” Modderman said.
“The stud sale is a creative opportunity to give back during the holiday season, we hope this will help Youth Initiative to reach the 50 percent funding amount of $37,500 at which point the students will learn about the location of the Rockford Build and be introduced to the family that will reside in the house. The kids are excited to learn these details.”
“Also, decorating the studs is optional, some people just want to know that there money is going to something tangible, something directly related to the home’s construction. “