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The idea is simple: You shop. Amazon gives.

Through the AmazonSmile program, shoppers are able to designate which charitable organization they'd like to support with their Amazon purchases. Amazon then donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the organization you've selected. The best part is, anyone can sign up and it doesn’t cost shoppers any extra!

Whether you're completely new to Twin Cities Habitat, or you've been a longtime supporter and are looking for a new way to connect, the following list provides some great ways to get involved and support the Twin Cities Habitat mission!

This year marks the 23rd year of the annual Habitat 500 bicycle ride. The goal of the bike ride is to raise awareness about the need for decent, safe, affordable housing in Minnesota and serve as a fundraiser to support Habitat affiliates. Each ride participant raises funds for the event (the average amount raised is typically more than $2,710 per rider!), and then designates the Habitat for Humanity affiliates they wish to support (both locally and around the world).

Judy Van Osdel has been supporting Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity since 2007 by making donations and volunteering on site. Her relationship with Habitat has grown from volunteering with coworkers to building with four Global Village trips to Costa Rica, pictured below. What keeps Judy coming back to volunteer year-after-year?

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity started in 1985 when a handful of compassionate people working in a church basement raised money to buy and rehab a home in South Minneapolis. The woman who bought the home raised two daughters there, has long ago paid off her mortgage, and still keeps the home looking good today. This infographic demonstrates the impact Twin Cities Habitat has had in our community since that first home three decades ago. Click the image to zoom in. Please share on Facebook  - show them why you support this mission. Also, check out this infographic on how the various programs of Twin Cities Habitat help create and preserve homeownership opportunities.

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