Meet Linda, our new Development Director
Greetings! I am excited and honored to join Habitat for Humanity of McLean County as the new Development Director. I thank everyone for your warm welcome and making me feel part of the team immediately. And what a team! From the staff, to the board, to the volunteers – this is an amazing group of dedicated and hard-working folks who believe in what they do and are making a difference in the lives of others.

I come with a background of development and entrepreneurship. At Illinois State University, I spent 16 years in development with public radio station WGLT and created and managed a grant-funded arts program for children for the year prior to GLT. Before joining ISU, I spent 25 years as a small business owner running a retail store, a metalsmith studio, and wholesaling a line of jewelry across the country.

I will draw on these experiences as well as the varied and extensive experience of my co-workers to build on an already successful development program to support many years of future Habitat builds.

My door is always open!
Linda Healy
Highlighting Our Outstanding Volunteers
Our very own Gary Klass was honored at the  Habitat for Humanity Illinois 2018 Conference for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Habitat Hero Award .

Gary has been involved with  Illinois State's Habitat for Humanity  student chapter since it was first founded 24 years ago. The Joint Collegiate Chapter (with IWU) is celebrating its 25th house build this year. Gary has helped the student chapter fundraise and build each one of the houses , both as  ISU  Faculty Advisor when he was a professor of Politics and Government and as a Build Director in his retirement.

Student leaders say: "Not only has Gary gone above and beyond when it comes to developing student leadership and civic engagement, but he has also been a mentor to help the students succeed in their goals as a campus chapter. Year after year, week after week, Gary shows up and makes it a priority to create positive relationships with the families, volunteers, students, and other community members. Gary Klass exemplifies what it means to lead by example and to truly positively impact the community ."
We'd like to thank all our veteran volunteers, donors, and homeowners for their service. A special thank you to  American Legion Post 635  and Afni, who built the walls of our veteran Partner Family, the Amburgeys, as well as the State Farm Military Affinity Group, who has volunteered on the Amburgeys' build site. We love when vets can come together to give a Habitat "hand up" to a fellow veteran family.
Our friends at Sheridan Elementary brought treats over to the build site for our Retired Crew volunteers. The Sheridan team can’t wait to welcome the Amburgey family to the neighborhood!
Good News Items
The results are in! Our Women Build chapter and their amazing bunco players and prize sponsors raised $8,475 at this year's Bunco Blitz! These funds will help build next year's Women Build home alongside a local Partner Family.
We are so thankful to the McLean County Museum of History for donating family passes to our 6 Partner Families this year. In this way, they will learn and grow together inside their new homes and through the wonderful exhibits and programs at the museum.
We had a blast at Trick or Treat for Change! Students from Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University visited nearby neighborhoods to raise $10,357.87 in a single night to help build their 25th Collegiate House ! This event would not have been possible without ISU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and our generous neighbors. Because of this event's success, the students will be awarded the full amount of their State Farm matching grant , bringing them halfway to their fundraising goal of $40,000 to sponsor the entire house.

Watch the event highlight reel here !

If you missed the students on Halloween, but still want to help them build their 25th house, donate here .
What's New At The ReStore?
Ever wondered how thrift shopping helps save the planet? Read this blog post by volunteer writer CeeCee about how shopping at the ReStore is not only good for the environment, but helps us build homes with local families !