Elon University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter receives State Farm 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 has been selected as one of 20 groups around the country 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.

“We are grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” said chapter advisor and Assistant Director for the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Sarah Williams. “The grant will help us to construct our chapter’s 29th house that will go to a mother and her two daughters here in Alamance County.”

The homeowner will work alongside student volunteers on 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!” she said.

A Habitat campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitats to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Elon University’s Campus Chapter has partnered with Alamance County’s Habitat for Humanity since 1989 and will use the grant funds for construction costs of this year’s home.

“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.

This year’s scheduled fundraising activities include a profit share, a car wash, and the chapter’s third annual Stud-a-Thon which is in partnership with Elon’s Interfraternity Council to engage the fraternity men in service and fundraising for Habitat. If you would like to support the Elon Habitat chapter or your favorite fraternity through this year’s Stud-a-Thon, visit https://grouprev.com/ElonStudaThon2020.