A Note from Jim Walters, Executive Director
Dear Friends,

This weekend is Habitat’s 20th annual Love Thy Neighbor choir concert. Habitat McLean County is a Christian Housing ministry seeking to put God’s love into action. I have had the opportunity to witness this faith in action. Every day, a dedicated staff comes to work prepared to make a difference. These are highly skilled people with superior levels of expertise working collaboratively with each other and our community partners. We are governed by a Board of Directors who has a passion for our mission and are ambassadors to the program. And of course, the foundation of Habitat is our volunteers. This organization only succeeds with you.

The proceeds from the concert go directly toward building a home for a hard working family. We send our thanks to Wesley United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their sanctuary for the concert. We're reserving a special round of applause for the musicians who will perform. This year we will be building five houses in Bloomington and one home in Normal. This Normal house is significant because it celebrates the ISU/IWU campus chapters’ 25 th build.

I’m excited for Love Thy Neighbor because I believe that God speaks to us through music and song. Music resonates within the human spirit. At the heart of humanity is a song of the soul. The spiritual significance of music can transcend communities, cultures, and creeds. Community, culture, and creed all offer insights into the connection between music and spirituality.

Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your god.

God Bless,

Jim Walters
Love Thy Neighbor Choir Concert
Please join us for the Love Thy Neighbor Choir Concert on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church (502 East Front St). The concert will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Featured will be the Community Choir, Children's Choir, and the Sounds of Illinois Barbershop Chorus. The event is free to attend, however we ask that you prayerfully consider giving a donation as funds raised at the concert will help Habitat for Humanity of McLean County build a home in this year. For more information, please call Carol in our office at 309-827-3931.
Meet the White Family
Adrienne White will be a Spring 2018 Partner Family. Her future home on West Mulberry Street will be sponsored by Women Build and Country Financial. Adrienne is a Bloomington native, employed at Illinois Cancer Center. She is both a certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Adrienne enjoys braiding hair, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Living with her in the home will be her two children Fairrah, age 7, and Lonnie, age 5. Fairrah loves to color and paint. Lonnie loves to play with Legos and playing video games on the Wii console.

The family is excited about their new beginning and new home. Adrienne is looking forward to her partnership with Habitat, which will help her provide stability for her children. She says, “I believe this is an amazing opportunity for my family and I couldn’t be more grateful.”  
National Women Build Week
For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s National Women Build Week from May 5-13. In preparation for the build week, Habitat McLean County and Lowe’s are asking women to get involved by signing up to volunteer and build. Habitat for Humanity of McLean County will gather over 50 volunteers to help start the construction of a home in Bloomington as part of National Women Build Week. Free t shirts to all volunteers who participate while supplies last.  

Volunteer Shifts Available:
Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, May 8 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to Noon

To register and sign up, click here: http://womenbuild.habitat mclean.volunteerhub.com/

 “We’re excited to partner with Lowe’s to educate, inspire and empower women to advocate and help Habitat homeowners love where they live through building or improving an affordable place they can call home,” said Lindsey Probst of Habitat McLean. “We want to engage women of all skill levels to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up their communities volunteer where women will gain invaluable skills to bring back and use in their everyday life.”

Habitat and Lowe’s encourage all women to volunteer—no construction skills or experience in Habitat builds necessary. To learn more about National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb.
 
National Women Build Week and Lowe’s, has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair more than 4,500 homes. This year, Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build.
Coming up at Habitat
Chamber Business Before Hours - April 25 at 7:00 a.m.
Join us at Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center Bloomington Normal on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 AM for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, hosted by Integrity Technology Solutions. In celebration of Integrity's 25th anniversary, and in honor of your attendance, they will donate $10 to the local nonprofit 501(c)(3) of your choice. (We know the best one to choose!)
There will be plenty of hot coffee, delicious food from Eastland Suites, great conversation and networking- a simple way to support Habitat for Humanity of McLean County.
Ground Breaking- Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.
House Blessing- Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m.
Habitat Home Run 5K - Sunday, April 29 at 9 a.m.
The ISU chapter of Habitat for Humanity is hosting its inaugural Habitat Home Run 5K, a color fun run/walk fundraiser. The event will be held on Sunday, April 29 on the ISU Quad. Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m, and the race will start at 9:00 a.m. Participation is $10 for students and $15 for non-students, with the option to purchase a $5 t-shirt with registration. Additionally, t he National Art Education Association will be providing face paint and henna tattoos and the ISU Pep Band will be performing at the finish line!

Please sign up to join the fun. All proceeds will go toward building this year’s Collegiate Habitat house.
Lowe's Clinic - Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.
As a part of National Women Build Week 2018, our local Lowe's store will be offering a FREE Tool Safety Clinic on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Learn about which tools will be needed for basic construction and how to use them properly. Lowe's is located at 2101 E Empire St in Bloomington. Participation in this event helps us earn $5,000 from Lowe's, which will be put towards the Women Build sponsorship of a 2019 Habitat home.
Upcoming Office Closings
The Downtown office will be closed:
Saturday, May 26 (No build activities, but the ReStore will be open)
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day
ReStore Grand Re-Opening - Saturday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m.