Thrivent Financial reaches $200 million in donations to Habitat for Humanity with new 2014 commitment
Ventura County benefits from “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity”
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, Oxnard CA (March 17, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County has been awarded $100,000 from Thrivent Financial to build a home in Santa Paula. This will be the fourth home built in partnership with Thrivent in Ventura County.
- This award will enable the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to fund fifty percent of the construction costs for a single-family home.
- In addition to the Thrivent award, California Lutheran University has committed $25,000 as part of the 2014 Thrivent Builds partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County.
- Additional faith-based organizations will join together to fully fund the home.
“Working in partnership with Habitat families to help them build or repair their homes is an inspiring experience,” said Dave Harrington, a local financial representative with Thrivent Financial. “I enjoy working alongside members – who generously donate their time and talents – to strengthen our community.”
The Thrivent funding is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Through the partnership called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates and others partner with families across the U.S. and around the world to provide affordable housing and stronger, generous communities. Thrivent Builds inspires members to live generously.
Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million nationally to the 2014 partnership. From the national partnership’s inception in 2005 through 2014, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours across the globe.
“Our shared commitment to service makes California Lutheran University, Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial great partners,” said CLU President Chris Kimball. “Our students and staff have long worked with Habitat to build houses for people in need, and we are pleased that this donation will help provide another deserving family with a new home.”
The funding will be used to serve families and mobilize volunteers through three programs within the Thrivent Builds partnership: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Repairs, and Thrivent Builds Worldwide. Since the beginning of the partnership and including the homes for 2014, more than 2,000 Thrivent Builds Homes will have been built across the country. Through the Thrivent Builds Repairs program, Thrivent members and others demonstrate generosity as they help repair existing homes in partnership with families who don’t have the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves. Thrivent Builds Worldwide allows Thrivent members and others to give financially and volunteer their time as they travel to international or domestic locations for a week or more at a time to build Habitat homes and experience other cultures.
“We are extremely grateful to Thrivent Financial and California Lutheran University for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County,” said Steve Dwyer, Executive Director. “Because of this support, more families will have a safe, affordable place to call home.”