Habitat for Humanity looking to raise $55k to receive matching funds grant

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Habitat for Humanity has 55,000 reasons to celebrate and 55,000 reasons to worry.

They are in the process of raising money to collect a matching funds grant to build house for a single mom.

The location has been selected, the hole has been dug as the family waits for the good news.

"She is really excited about owning her own home. These people that we build homes for are some of the most hardworking people you will ever meet and I just love every one of them," said Megan Cure, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator.

With half of the money donated they are halfway singing a sigh of relief.

"It feels wonderful to already know that half of the cost to build this home is going to be provided by Thrivent as long as we do our part," adds Cure.

They decided to get a bit creative with this one with a "Month for Change Calendar Campaign."

"How it works is, if one day you have a roof that doesn't leak add fifty cents, if you have a bedroom, add twenty five cents for each bedroom, etc.," continues Cure.

This will be the 99th Habitat for Humanity home in Grand Island and it comes with some additional hurdles.

Cure adds, "We knew it was going to be a challenge, with the flood and money rightfully so going to help those in need, we just appreciate any donation people are willing to give us."

It takes 15 Saturdays to build a Habitat Home.

If you participate in the Calendar Campaign they recommend you give the money during "Go Big, Give Day" which is Thursday, May 2.

You can donate at any time by vising www.gihabitat.org or by calling (308) 385-5510.