The Eugene Celebration is proud to continue our successful partnership with Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity and presenting sponsor Northwest Community Credit Union to fund the construction of two houses in the Eugene-Springfield community over three years. In the spring of 2011 the partners celebrated the completion of the first home, built for the Freeman family, with an on-site dedication ceremony at Meyer Estates in Springfield. The Freemans contributed their time and efforts toward the building and are now happily settled into their new home.
Last fall Habitat broke ground on the second house for the Wise family. This home is on Yogi Way, located off of River Road in Eugene and represents the first of many houses to be built according to Energy Star standards. Be sure to stop by the Habitat booth to view a mock-up wall showing the insulation using shredded denim!
The goal of the partnership is to raise $120,000 over three years to fund construction of two Habitat houses in Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity's service area. Major funding for this community-building partnership comes from Northwest Community Credit Union, presenting sponsor of the Eugene Celebration. The Celebration itself will dedicate a portion of paid admissions and up to 50 percent of cash sponsorships, for a contribution of up to $20,000 each year to the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Additional cash and in-kind support is generously provided by Jerry's Home Improvement Center , a locally owned family business since 1961 with locations in Eugene and Springfield.
Springfield House Groundbreaking Ceremony
"This partnership is positive for everyone," says Eugene Celebration Board Chair Patricia Marshall. "Habitat for Humanity receives financial and volunteer support and greater community awareness, the Eugene Celebration gains additional support to ensure its longevity, and together we'll create shelter for our neighbors. We are extremely grateful to Northwest Community Credit Union for its support."
Marshall adds that the Eugene Celebration board and Kesey Enterprises are also working on some new and dedicated Celebration programming to supply additional sources for these fund-raising and volunteer recruitment efforts.
"We feel blessed to join in this partnership and thrilled with the spirit of cooperation shown by Eugene Celebration, Northwest Community Credit Union, Jerry's Home Improvement Center, and the city of Springfield home grant program," says Don Griffin, executive director of Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity.