How Building Homes Together Shows That Community Still Matters
Thank you for your continued support and interest in Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. The summertime finds us in mid-build season. It is such an exciting time not only in the office, but in the neighborhoods in which we build. 

Currently we have four homes under construction each its own miracle and a demonstration of people putting their faith into action. Later this month, we will break ground on two more homes with families who are excited to get started. 
 
I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this process. On an empty lot in a sleepy neighborhood, suddenly, a foundation appears. This is the result of many hours of work by our construction staff. Somewhere off site, often a church parking lot, 60 volunteers are working in concert building the interior and exterior walls for these homes. What motivates them to spend a Saturday morning pounding nails, taxing their muscles, and collecting splinters? I believe it’s the holy spirit. Through this selfless work we see that people still love each other--communities still matter.

How long does it take to build a Habitat house? As long as it takes, but usually we complete a home in approximately seven months. Every week, volunteers spend part of the weekend making dreams come true alongside a family they don’t know very well – yet. Recently, I was on a construction site and I overheard a volunteer on the phone telling her friend “next week you’re coming with me”. What is the secret to Habitat’s success? We keep God at the center, but also, volunteering with Habitat is fun! Our Volunteer Coordinator puts in many thoughtful hours to make the experience meaningful for you each time. Plus, you get to see the fruits of your labor nail by nail, board by board, week by week.

I encourage you to witness God’s love all year round. Currently we are building at 607 W. Mulberry, 1008 W. Front, 1502 W. Chestnut , and 806 S. Madison in Bloomington. Go for an evening walk or drive, or stop in on a Saturday morning to meet some amazing people.

Thank you again for taking this journey with us,
Jim Walters, Executive Director  
Shop at Green Top Grocery this month for a no-hassle way to support Habitat McLean!
We've been selected as the Green Top Grocery Round Up recipient for August 2018! Round up your purchase and your spare change can help build homes with local families.

Our friends at Green Top also chose us as one of the recipients for their Positive Change donation program now through September. Bring your own bag or choose to forgo a bag to receive a reward token! At the end of September, Green Top will donate 5 cents for every token we receive from shoppers. Good for the environment, great for building homes and hope!
Updates with our 25th Collegiate Build
If you haven't heard, this is a special year for our Habitat Collegiate Chapters at ISU and IWU. They are celebrating their 25th House Build! Not only do the students build the Collegiate House alongside the partner family, they also provide financial support through fundraising efforts. Keep an eye out for fun celebrations and activities throughout this year.

Coming up with the 25th Collegiate House:
  • ISU Welcome Week Wall Build on the quad: Friday, August 17
  • IWU Mission Day Wall Build: Friday, August 24
  • Groundbreaking - see below!

To donate directly to the 25th Collegiate House Build, the future home of the Yetimbi/Itukola Family, click here .
Groundbreaking Ceremonies: Saturday, August 25
SAVE THE DATE
Illlinois State will recognize the Habitat student chapter at the football game vs Eastern Illinois on September 8 at 6:30 pm . Support the Redbirds and Habitat at the same time!
Women Build's Bunco Blitz is coming back October 4 at 5:30pm ! This fundraiser will support the Women Build house with the White Family. 

$30 per person includes heavy appetizers, a cash bar, prizes, silent auction, & more! Click here for details and don't forget to invite your friends.

Big thank you to our event sponsor, State Farm Agent Chris Mizell! Visit  mizellteam.com  to learn more about Chris and his team.