There are a lot of individuals and organizations that make Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's work possible. Volunteers give their time and talent on site, homebuying families commit to partnering with us, and companies, individuals, and faith groups contribute financially to support our mission. Among these dedicated and valuable supporters are our in-kind sponsors. These are the companies and individuals that donate materials, supplies, property, cars, or services to help us cut costs and build more homes in our community.
In-kind donations are a vital part of our work. We could not do what we do without the generosity of these donors. In our last fiscal year alone, in-kind donations totaled more than $1.5 million. That means we saved $1.5 million in expenses for land acquisition, safety equipment, skilled labor, and a variety of building materials such as paint, windows, doors, appliances, and flooring.
One of these great contributors is Capital Safety, a new in-kind donor this year. The company manufactures fall protection and other safety equipment for construction workers. In addition to donating its great fall arrest harnesses for use on Habitat build sites, Capital Safety provided significant safety training for construction site staff. The company taught our site staff about fall prevention and how to use their harnesses effectively if falls do occur.
Capital Safety is one of our many in-kind donors that we would like to thank! The stories below highlight how valuable and important these contributions are to our work.
- Veteran Robert Karlstrand donated his Maple Grove home earlier this year. After staff and volunteers rehab the house, a Vet family will buy it with an affordable Habitat mortgage.
- Valspar is the official paint supplier of Habitat for Humanity. The company has donated more than 2.2 million gallons of paint to Habitat affiliates nationwide and is a founding partner of A Brush With Kindness. This year, Valspar co-sponsored the first National A Brush With Kindness Week to celebrate this important partnership.
- Dow Chemical donates energy-saving insulation, window and door sealants, and other materials to Habitat affiliates worldwide. These products help make our homes more efficient and cost-effective for homebuyers. Plus, Dow contributes significant volunteer support on our builds.
- Larry Hossfeld has been a long-time supporter of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) and his generosity truly goes above and beyond. Larry buys homes, rehabs them himself, then donates the completed homes to TCHFH. He's been volunteering with TCHFH since 1990, contributing hundreds of hours of skilled labor on sites across the metro area. His property donations in more recent years, which total 8 homes, put him among our most generous individual donors.
- St. Paul-based Ergodyne donates its high-quality work gear to keep our staff and volunteers safe and comfortable on site. The company has been contributing its durable clothing and equipment to Habitat for several years and recently brought employee volunteers to site on a rainy day.
There are countless stories that demonstrate how in-kind donors make a difference in what we do. Mr. Rooter Plumbing contributes plumbing services for homebuilding and ABWK projects, Whirlpool donates appliances that are used in nearly every home we build, Bank of America gives property for new and rehabbed homes, and Bailey Nurseries provides the plants, shrubs, and trees that turn houses into homes.
Thank you to these and the many other in-kind sponsors for supporting the work of Twin Cities Habitat! We couldn't do it without you. Click below to learn more about how you or your company could donate materials or services to support our mission.