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GI Area Habitat for Humanity to host annual ‘Build a Dream’ auction

GI Area Habitat for Humanity is ready to host its annual 'Build a Dream' Auction.
GI Area Habitat for Humanity is ready to host its annual 'Build a Dream' Auction.(GI Area Habitat for Humanity)
Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 4:20 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Like many nonprofit organizations before them, the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity is having to figure out how to continue to raise money, while doing so virtually, and it’s coming to a head in a few weeks.

Usually in early-to-mid-February, the Habitat holds its annual ‘Build a Dream’ dinner and auction event. It’s one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, with all proceeds going to new home builds for lower-income families. This year, the event is still happening, but it’s taking a virtual twist.

Like the in-person event, there are dozens of items to bid on, including a Craftsman circular saw, a Nebraska home collection or even a large smoker grill donated to the Habitat by Ace Hardware.

“It is one of our bigger events as far as getting people together, so unfortunately, that part is missing this year, but we are still encouraging people to give because we don’t want to lose our second biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Habitat Executive Director Dana Jelinek.

The ‘Build a Dream’ online auction is set for Friday, February 12th and will run from 7-9 p.m., and you can even register for the event in advance by visiting the Habitat’s Facebook page. Jelinek said the need for the Habitat is more than ever, especially considering the rising prices in building material.

“There are some issues of course that everyone in the building industry have had to deal with, and that is really high prices, and there’s a loss of inventory,” Jelinek said. “The supply and demand has really affected us, and we just hope that people will purchase items, and if people buy more than we need for a house, we’ll just apply that funding for another option in a house.”

At the end of the day, Jelinek says every penny or every drop of sweat that comes from the Habitat work is all for a higher cause.

“All of this is to build affordable housing for our community,” Jelinek said. “We are in our application period right now which closes on March 1st. We are looking for people who are ready to take that next step - people who are lower income, but what to be homeowners - that you’re ready for the responsibility of that both physically and emotionally and financially.”

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