Local Habitat for Humanity chapter receives grant

By Jose Zepeda

URBANA, Ill. — A grant of $20,000 from State Farm was matched to the University of Illinois Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter.

The money from State Farm follows as the campus chapter raised the same amount of money at their third-annual Build-A-Thon fundraising event.

“Our chapter is extremely grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” Campus Chapter President Vanessa Bustos said in a press release. “Thanks to the generosity of State Farm and the hard work of our campus chapter, this grant will allow us to construct a house with a family this coming fall.”

According to the press release, the campus chapter faced troubles to raise money throughout the school year, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, they were still able to raise money through online fundraisers and donations from the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, as well as alumni.

The campus chapter has been partners with Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County since 1992, and will continue to do so, following the use of the grant. The money will be used to sponsor a house build in the fall. Since 1992, about 17 houses have been built between the partnership of the campus chapter and the county chapter.

“We are proud that our funding is helping to engage young leaders in advancing Habitat’s mission in communities across the country,” Ed Woods, Human Resources Director of Philanthropy, Diversity and Inclusion at State Farm said in the press release. “State Farm is here to help life go right and is committed to building safer, stronger and better-educated communities.”

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.