Habitat for Humanity receives COVID-19 relief grant


Habitat for Humanity of Independence County (HFHIC) recently received a $1,000 grant from the Arkansas Community Foundation, as part of its efforts to support the continuation of certain valuable work by nonprofits during COVID-19.

“While the economic hardship on businesses is evident, also directly impacted are your small, local non-profits – most of which, I would guess are experiencing a full stop in donations, their lifeblood,” HFHIC Executive Director Shannon Haney said of the current situation.

HFHIC just finished a home build in January and was in the middle of another build when social distancing went into effect in March. The nonprofit has continued its fundraising efforts by mail and social media, but Haney says the grant will be of great assistance in keeping operations going.

“At any given time we have contractors depending on the work we’ve scheduled, overhead bills to pay, employees to pay — same as any business,” Haney explained.

“I hope those who give to the local nonprofits — not just ours, but all of them – will continue their support, if at all possible. The needs in the community, and the financial requirements of the organizations themselves, haven’t stopped. In many cases, the work of nonprofits is needed now more than ever.”

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