In 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County applied for an “Engaging Younger Youth” matching grant from Habitat for Humanity International in partnership with State Farm Insurance Company to expand its Youth United program.
The Youth United group had to use $1,000 in capacity-building funds from Habitat International to engage younger students and to raise at least $4,000 as well as perform community outreach throughout the year to receive a $4,000 matching grant from State Farm to be applied towards a qualified project. Youth United’s chosen project was to sponsor its 5th home for a family in Fairfield County.
Fulfilling the requirements for the grant proved to be a quite an incentive for the younger Youth United students to become more involved with Habitat CFC. Here are some of the things they accomplished in the past year while pursuing this grant:
Through all their hard work, the Youth United group raised nearly $12,000 in the past year and received the $4,000 matching grant from State Farm on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Youth United members have now started to help build their 5th sponsored Habitat CFC house in Bridgeport for the Quinones family. And another major benefit from all of the group’s hard work in the past year has been the friendships formed between students of different ages who live in different communities. The fact that they can all work and learn together while giving of themselves to help others is inspiring and beneficial to them as well as to Habitat CFC and the community at large. We couldn’t be more grateful for their efforts.
To find out more about Habitat CFC’s Youth United group, please visit www.HabitatCFC.org/Youth-United.