These "take charge" traits also apply to Habitat homebuyers. That's what John Bergstrom, a co-founder of Entrepreneurs House, noticed when he first volunteered with Habitat. And that's how "E-House", as we affectionately call it, got started in 2003.
Twin Cities Entrepreneurs House is a community service project where mid-tier companies make a big difference. With 40 or 50 businesses joining together, we can build a whole Habitat house for a family - for a lasting social contribution.
An all-volunteer steering committee of Twin Cities entrepreneurial leaders recruits companies, raises funds, and schedules volunteers.
We involve 600+ employees from an average of 50 companies and aim to raise $150,000 each year. Volunteering companies bring a team to work on the house for one full day (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in the spring and summer.
The Entrepreneurs House project has been a growing success since 2003. That first year, we started with 125 volunteers who committed to ten days. Since then, involvement has increased five-fold, as more and more companies have blended their financial support and volunteer labor to build one Entrepreneur's House each year.
A decade after Entrepreneur’s House laid its foundation in the Twin Cities, its supporters have raised over $1 million to support local affordable housing.