UNC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter received a $20,000 matching grant to supplement its fundraising efforts toward the building of a house for a UNC health care worker.
Chris and his nine-year-old son, whose last name is not mentioned for privacy reasons, are looking for a stable home to call their own. Any money the club raises will be matched by State Farm, Habitat for Humanity’s sponsor, up to $20,000 dollars — all going to building Chris' new home.
Senior Sarah Renfro, UNC Habitat for Humanity co-director, said UNC’s chapter was one of two recipients of the grant out of the 150 chapters that applied. Renfro was driving back to school when she heard her chapter was selected.
“I was screaming and jumping and it was amazing, I was on top of the world,” Renfro said.
Qualifications for receiving the matching grant included demonstrating the ability to successfully fundraise, focusing on engaging supporters as advocates for affordable housing and having a strong relationship with covenant affiliate.