Respecting public safety requirements but facing a critical shortage of funds needed to continue building affordable low-income homes on the Palouse, Palouse Habitat for Humanity is taking its annual fundraiser online and hopes the community will join them. Visit Palousehabitat.org/donate/beans-n-jeans for more information.
“As the saying goes, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ This event is our attempt to do the best we can with the situation at hand. The need for affordable housing isn’t going away, and Palouse HFH depends on funds raised at our annual dinner and auction, Beans ‘n’ Jeans, to build homes. We’ve raised $27,000 already and need to raise another $80,000 to finish the home we’ve started in Uniontown. The 2020 event was ready to go – tickets were sold out, the auction was full of items generously donated by our community. It makes sense to do what we can with what we’ve been given so far.”
The event will be a simple online auction opening August 15 at 5:00pm and closing Saturday August 22 at 5:00pm. A “Raise the Roof” paddle raise, a straight donation to support the home build, is open now through 5:00pm on Sunday, August 23. We will schedule times for prize winners to pick up the items they’ve won, and we will mail gift certificates. There will be a brief Facebook Live event at 7:00 on August 22 from the build site to thank everyone. Please visit palousehabitat.org/beans-n-jeans to find out more.
“We have the resources to get the current home ”in-the-dry"-- exterior walls and siding up, windows and doors in, and roof on. How much farther we can proceed depends entirely on how much we can raise at this auction. ” Palouse HFH Executive Director Jennifer Wallace summarized the group’s priorities in moving forward with the event.
“We’re checking with all donors and sponsors to confirm if they’re still able to offer the item or certificate they donated. We’ve increased our social media posts to raise the visibility of all Habitat supporters, past and present. We’re offering our ticket holders the opportunity to request a refund, since we won’t be offering our traditional BBQ dinner to anyone but the head table. Most guests have already offered to turn their ticket purchase into a donation, and several have already made a gift in the amount they would have at the event.”
“It takes a community to build a Habitat home. We are so thankful to be part of this amazing Palouse community.”
About Palouse Habitat for Humanity
Palouse Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and has been building simple, decent, affordable housing in Latah and Whitman counties since 1992. Its mission is to serve our neighbors in need by helping eliminate poverty housing on the Palouse and worldwide. Palouse Habitat has started construction on Home #20 in Uniontown. Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and help from the future homeowner. Habitat homeowners are selected based on need, willingness to help build the home (including up to 500 hours of “sweat equity”), and specific income criteria including the financial ability to purchase the home from Palouse Habitat after completing their partnership requirements.