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Partnership with high school lands Alexandria Habitat $10,000 grant

The grant will require an additional $10,000 match.

Alexandria Area High School students Brynn Kosters, Aisling O’Connor, and Izzy Kent have helped Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County receive a $10,000 matching grant from State Farm, one of 15 such grants in the United States.

The students chose to partner with Habitat as part of their project for DECA, a popular business club for students.

State Farm rewarded that partnership with the grant, which doubles Habitat's fundraising for the Cardinal Build, in which high school students build a home for a Habitat family.

“We are grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” said Habitat's Executive Director Lori Anderson. “The grant will help us to construct a house with a family in our community.”

The students will help raise matching funds for the grant, using the theme “Give Home for the Holidays.”

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They will sell “fan-tastic shims” during the home AAHS basketball games on Thursday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 9.

The students have also coordinated a community soup supper from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the AAHS Commons area. This event is a free-will offering where everyone can enjoy a warm bowl of soup and bread while visiting and learning about Habitat. Habitat homebuyers and owners will also be there.

Community members will have a chance to learn about the cost of a home and to donate to the Give Home for the Holidays campaign when the students sell pin-ups at Cub Foods on Dec. 4, 10, and 12. The pin-ups are also available in the ReStore.

Donations can also be made by texting DOUGLAS to 26989 or visiting hfhdouglascounty.org

Ed Woods, State Farm's director of corporate responsibility, said its corporate goal is safer, stronger, and better-organized communities. State Farm has supported Habitat's youth programs since 2007, and also provides ongoing support to many local Habitat organizations.

The Douglas County Habitat chapter recently received other good financial news. Earlier in November, it announced it was one of 34 local U.S. chapters selected by the international organization to receive part of an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each affiliate receiving the grant is expected to increase their house production by at least 15 percent over three years.

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