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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Habitat for Humanity of Kent County announced Wednesday it has raised $3.5 million as part of its $5 million Building Blocks campaign to revitalize neighborhoods on the west side of Grand Rapids.
Launched in January, and chaired by community leaders John Benz, Laurie Termaat, and Ted Adornato, the Building Blocks campaign will pursue a holistic approach to transforming the western core of the city, according to a news release.
Residents, businesses, churches, local government and other nonprofits will partner to implement a shared vision of renewal.
"This has been an absolutely amazing experience for Habitat and for our donors, friends and families," said Mary Buikema, Habitat's executive director. "We started this year with a dream and a goal, and here we are, nine months later, and we've already raised 70% of that goal. The generosity of this community is humbling."
The Building Blocks campaign has two important objectives: fund the construction, rebuilding or renovation of more than 200 homes on the west side, and fund improvements at Habitat's ReStore outlets, which sell gently used home improvement items.
In its initial "silent phase," the fundraising effort garnered the support of more than 120 community donors. Now the campaign has entered its next phase.
"We want to reach out to those who haven't yet participated and ask them to join in restoring our neighborhoods," said John Benz. "You can see the trend in our community. Reinvestment and rebirth is happening on the west side, and Habitat is helping to lead the charge."
Donors can support the campaign at www.HabitatKent.org/BuildingBlocks or by dropping off a donation at the Habitat Kent offices at 425 Pleasant St. SW.
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