January 25, 2022
Meet volunteers Mike & Stephen
Mike McFadin and Stephen Lakebrink both attend St Patrick Church of Merna,
a lead sponsor on the Makala/Mbembi house, which broke ground in July of 2022. After both signed up as volunteers on the build, they quickly became familiar faces on our sites - volunteering nearly every Saturday since.

We are so grateful we’ve gotten to know them through hard work. We are equally grateful for their talents, time, and commitment to this home and to the Makala/Mbembi family.

“I got involved because our church was participating in a build and I wanted to do something good,” said McFadin, who is planning to increase his support of Habitat McLean County through a State Farm Good Neighbor Grant.** McFadin retired from State Farm after 32 years in their IT department.

McFadin went on to say how much he loves doing construction projects like this, even though his experience was limited. “I was excited to learn some new skills,” he said. “I liked hanging the siding, since I had not done that before. I also loved learning from the Retired Crew guys who were all great teachers.”

Stephen Lakebrink is a retired Mechanical Engineer from Clinton Power Station. With that career, it was not a surprise when Lakebrink shared, “what intrigued me about volunteering with Habitat McLean County was my love for putting things together.” He enjoyed doing all the outside work this summer.

“I think it’s neat that one of the site’s Project Directors we worked so closely with [Roger Scott] was named the new Executive Director!" added Lakebrink.

Thank you, Mike & Stephen, for everything you’ve done for the Makala/Mbembi family!

Habitat relies on the help of dedicated volunteers like Mike and Stephen.
If you are interested in making a big impact and learning new skills, email Lindsey about volunteering, or call her at 309-827-3931.

**State Farm will make a $500 grant on behalf of an employee - current or retired - who contributes 40 or more volunteer hours to an eligible charity.
Thank you to our sponsors on this house:
Calling all chair artists!!
"Don't Be Koi" by Margie King, 2020
We need your talents! Chairs 4 Change is coming up fast and we're looking for local artists/crafters/artisans to turn an "orphan" chair into a stunning work of art. How will you paint, embellish, or decorate a chair? Our goal is 100 artworks we'll auction off to benefit both Habitat McLean County and Recycling Furniture for Families.

Request a free chair from the ReStore (1402 W Washington, Blm, Tue-Sat 10a-6p) or Recycling Furniture for Families (call 309-829-6500 for an appointment). Paint it, cover it in tile, bedazzle or add fabric - whatever moves you.

Put Friday, June 17, 2022 on your calendars now. This year, we're back in person with a live chair auction at The Hangar Art Co, the elegant new gallery at 105 W Jefferson Street in downtown Bloomington. We will offer online bidding as well as in-person. Your entry includes nibbles and liquid refreshment. Event tickets on sale soon!

Already have a finished chair? Download the artist submission form here. Finished works will go to Recycling Furniture for Families. Please call to arrange a time for drop-off: 309-829-6500
"Kit & Caboodle" by Doug Johnson, 2020
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