Great Northern Trading Co. October 15 2009

RHS Youth Initiative launches community-wide effort to build Habitat for Humanity home

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

This summer, a group of Rockford High School (RHS) students active in their Youth Initiative Community Service Club met with school administration, their club advisor, RHS English teacher Dan Modderman, and representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to discuss a partnership like none other undertaken by Youth Initiative. The club wanted to work with the local Kent County Habitat affiliate to build a LEED-certified home for a hardworking Habitat homebuyer during the 2009-10 school year. They knew this was no small task. In fact, the club would have to raise $75,000 to underwrite the cost of the home, volunteer 2,000 hours to build it, and secure skilled labor and building products. In doing so, the students would leave a legacy while helping a family realize the American dream. Plus, they would learn a lot about homebuilding, how to collaborate for a common goal, and more about their fellow classmates and community. In short, they would be a part of something much bigger than themselves. Since August, the club of over 100 students has rallied and kicked off a number of fundraisers, including: • volunteering to run the children’s activities and games at the Heirloom Tomato Festival and Rockford’s three weekends of Harvest Fest, collecting donations for their help; • running numerous bake sales at the high school and before home football games; • selling cider at the home football games; • selling pancakes before school. Their efforts have accumulated more than $5,000 to date, but most importantly, the students are getting the word out, gathering support and planning additional fundraisers on a larger scale. Habitat representative Kathy Forzley is also working with Youth Initiative officers to prospect and plan corporate visits. Youth Initiative is excited to partner with the HEART of Rockford Business Association and its Community Unity fundraising program. From October 15 to 31, anyone who presents a Community Unity ID card when shopping or dining at any of the participating HEART businesses will help raise money for the Rockford-Habitat build. Participating businesses will donate 10 percent of the cardholder’s sale to Youth Initiative. Participating businesses include: A Charmed Life… Nail Salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Co., Baskets in the Belfry, Bow Dacious Designs, The Corner Bar, Creative Concepts, Dam Dogs, G. Willikers, […]