Sarah Williams secures State Farm Habitat for Humanity grant

The $10,000 grant from the insurance company will support the construction of a home in Burlington, N.C., for a mother and her two daughters.

The Elon University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is one of 20 groups selected to receive a $10,000 grant from State Farm and must raise a matching amount. Each year, Elon’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity commits to fundraising $30,000 for a house sponsorship and then builds that home with more than 250 members who serve during weekly volunteer shifts. Currently, students are building and fundraising for their 29th home which this State Farm grant will support.

Sarah Williams, assistant director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

The homeowner, who serves alongside our student volunteers, is a single mother to two daughters and said this of those supporting the construction of her home: “I’m thankful for all who give a chance to get to know me, grow and learn with me, and hold this experience dear to their hearts for the rest of their lives, knowing that they had a great impact on our lives and have helped changed our world!”

“That impact for this family is ultimately what these funds, both from State Farm’s grant and our students’ fundraising, will support,” said Sarah Williams, assistant director for the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement who serves as the staff advisor for the Habitat campus chapter.

“We are proud to support young leaders in advancing Habitat’s mission in communities across the country,” said Ed Woods, director, corporate responsibility at State Farm. “At State Farm, we make it our business to be a good neighbor and are committed to building safer, stronger, and better educated communities.”

The State Farm Matching Grants are designed to engage students in building Habitat for Humanity affiliate capacity through fundraising, home construction and neighborhood revitalization activities. Elon’s campus chapter was fortunate to be awarded a $10,000 grant from State Farm that will cover construction costs for the home.