Women Build 2018

Women Build’s 18th year in Monroe County!

April 27 – May 12, 2018

Visit the official site of Women Build 2018 HERE to sign up to build or support one of our Women Builders!

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat houses. Women Build works with affiliates to nurture, recruit and train women to build and maintain simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes.

2018 marks 18 years of building new lives for Monroe County families.

All-women volunteer teams come together to swing hammers and raise roofs, and actively work to eliminate poverty housing in Monroe County, Indiana. It takes 325 volunteer builders, about 1600 volunteer hours, and $70,000 for land and materials to complete each home. Women Build is a safe haven for women to practice and excel, no matter what their skill levels. Each builder raises funds to secure a volunteer spot for one day of the build. No experience necessary – REALLY! – and you may sign up to participate on any day you choose. Meet new people and make new friends!

#MCWomenBuild2018 #mchabitat



The Sisterhood for Habitat Empowerment Society, or S.H.E. Society, was created to honor and challenge Women Builders who commit to raise at least $1,000 per year for 5 years. Members of S.H.E. Society will be recognized throughout the year for their efforts to support future Women Build house sponsorships and homeowners. To join, or for more information, please call our office at (812) 311-4069.

**You can be a member of S.H.E. whether you choose to build each year or not!

Bloomington High School North’s Evening for Habitat

* Tickets for Bloomington High School North’s Evening for Habitat are now available for purchase HERE!

The Bloomington High School North student chapter of Habitat has sponsored 17 homes for deserving families in Monroe County over the past 17 years. In 2017, they sponsored the home of Jennifer Lady’s family.

Our BHSN chapter organizes a number of fundraisers throughout the year. The largest of these is the annual Evening for Habitat dinner and auction which will once again be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00-9:00pm at the Monroe Convention Center. Funds raised will go directly to help build North’s 18th home in 18 years, supporting Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About our Bloomington High School North Chapter:

The Bloomington High School North chapter was founded in 1998 by students and received official independent campus chapter status in 2000. The chapter works in partnership with our Habitat affiliate. Monroe County has some of the most expensive housing units in the state, lending additional urgency to the mission. All the money raised by the chapter goes toward building houses. The advisors of the BHSN chapter are Geoff Aiken, Ella Madison and Cassie Soller.

On January 18 We Celebrate YOU at ‘Because of You’

You’re Invited!

Join us to celebrate YOU and the extraordinary work YOU have done to support Habitat at our annual ‘Because of You’ volunteer appreciation event!

We can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than by honoring our incredible supporters as we approach the 30th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County!

What: Because of You Volunteer Appreciation Event
When: Thursday, January 18 – 7:00pm
Where: Faith Lutheran – 2200 S. High Street – Click HERE for directions

Questions?  Email Chasity Butler at ec@monroecountyhabitat.org


Habitat Announces Groundbreaking Land Plan

On November 8, the Monroe County Commissioners signed a letter of intent with Habitat to transfer ownership / development control of 84 county-owned acres.

Darryl Neher shared, “We have pockets where we can build out housing of all types. Habitat houses, tiny homes, container homes, paired housing, multi-family housing. And this is the dream, a truly integrated multi-income neighborhood of affordability that gets people out of homelessness, and giving them a ladder to climb into their stable family home.”

According to Monroe County Commissioner Julie Thomas, “We see this as an opportunity for a true community partnership and the chance to create something innovative and bold. The idea is unlike we have ever seen here, and that makes the project truly a great one.”

“This property was going to be a jail,” Neher said. “No more. This is going to house families.”

Read more about the announcement in The Herald-Times HERE.

Read the editorial on the proposal titled ‘Habitat’s use of county land makes sense’ in The Herald-Times HERE.

Coverage by Fox59 can be found HERE.

A story by rtv6 and Derrik Thomas can be viewed HERE.

WTIU and wfiu shared the news HERE.

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For additional comment please call the Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County office at:  812-331-4069.

2016-2017 Annual Report Available

Click HERE to read the online version of our annual report.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our donors, and strive to accurately report their generosity. If the reporting of your name or giving level does not match your expectations, please let us know by calling 812-331-4069 or emailing habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org. Sometimes gifts given through other agencies do not arrive in the intended fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Our donor list for fiscal year 2016-2017 can be viewed HERE.

Thanks to PR committee members:  Carey Blackmore, Linda Stephenson and Angela Tharp for their hard work on this year’s report!  And a special thanks to Amy Fender for the beautiful photos that are included in the report.

If you have any questions or comments about this year’s report don’t hesitate to reach out to our office by phone:  812-331-4069 or email:  habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org


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It’s Not Too Late to Donate in 2017

2017 is winding down.  What a year!

There is still time to contribute to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s annual goals and receive full tax-deductible benefits for the year!

Thanks to the unwavering support and generosity of YOU, our community, it’s been an incredibly successful year.  However, there is still much to be done for the families who are working on their “sweat equity” hours and waiting for the opportunity to buy their home from Habitat.

These future homeowners look forward to the stability that homeowners like Dwayne & Kindra, Chelsen & Matt, Irving Castañeda Baltazar, Brad & Jennifer, and Maria Garcia & Juan Antonio have found.

You can make your credit card payment NOW through our website!

Thank you for your support of Habitat and affordable, decent housing.

We wish you Happy Holidays, and a safe and joyful New Year.

Incoming CEO Named

It is with great excitement that we announce that Darryl Neher – Bloomington local, former city council member, and professor at the Kelley School of Business – has accepted our offer to serve as the next leader, and CEO, of our affiliate.

Our search focused on finding someone that possessed strength in several core competencies carefully selected based on input from the Habitat leadership team, former CEO Kerry Thomson, the Habitat Board of Directors and the CEO search committee.  Throughout the interview process, Darryl excelled in each of these areas and was our unanimous choice.

While Darryl will be assuming the CEO responsibilities in full on January 1, 2018, he will officially serve in an advisory capacity until year end to fulfill teaching obligations at IU.  Rest assured, he will be there for the affiliate, effective immediately.  Everyone is excited about getting started!

On behalf of the search committee, board and Habitat staff, thank you for support during this search process.  Our collective patience, hard work, and commitment to this search and leadership transition has served us well thus far.  We know and appreciate there is more work ahead.  We look forward to it, in fact!  You can count on the Habitat staff and board to not only preserve what we all love about Habitat, but continue to focus on building the new.

Because of you, families in need continue to receive all of the love and support that Habitat provides.  With such an incredible support system and base, no challenge is too great.  Darryl looks forward to connecting with you, our Habitat family and friends.  Again, thanks for being an integral part of what makes Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County special.  Our best days are ahead.





Ryan Hawkins

Chair, Board of Directors and CEO Search Committee

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

8th Annual Whirlpool/IU Kelley Blitz Build: Oct. 3 – 14

Our Whirlpool Blitz Build begins next week on the beautiful Indiana University campus!  We will be building at a new location:  at the intersection of 17th Street and Fee Lane.  Parking is available in the Green Lot at Gate 12.

Irving Castañeda Baltazar has helped to build homes for his mother and other family members over the years; he has already volunteered more than 230 hours helping to build other Habitat houses and attending homeowner readiness courses. It’s only fitting that volunteers will come together to help a person who has given so much to others reach his dream of homeownership in just 10 short days. Read more about Irving’s journey HERE.

Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity have partnered together to improve lives one home, one family at a time since 1999. 8000+ Whirlpool employees volunteer with Habitat annually. Whirlpool donates a range and an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator to each Habitat home in the United States. The value of Whirlpool Corporation’s current commitment is $101 million. More than 100,000 families have been directly impacted around the world by Whirlpool’s partnership with Habitat.

Provost and executive vice president Lauren Robel summed up the excitement well: “When our campus and community come together for projects like this, everyone benefits, and all participants gain a better understanding and appreciation for one another’s unique attributes and challenges.”

All IU community members are invited to participate. Contact the Kelley Institute for Social Impact program at: 812-856-7852 or KISI@indiana.edu to register!

As always, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this build possible!

Read more about the upcoming excitement in the IU news release HERE.

Check out the story on the front page of The Herald-Times!

Watch the video produced by Indiana University Communications HERE.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates as the build progresses!

And please join us for the dedication of Irving’s home on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9:30am. All those in attendance are invited to join us as Irving accepts the keys to his new home on the field prior to the start of the IU / University of Michigan football game!

#whirlpoolbuild #kelleybuild #mchabitat


Annual More Than Houses Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who attended our More Than Houses Breakfast on November 9.

We are incredibly excited as we look ahead to the future.  All of you make what we do possible.

Thank you for supporting Monroe County Habitat!

© Ben Wiggins – 2015


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