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Habitat receives funding from Lake County Emergency Response Grant

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana announced April 22 that it received a $2,000 grant from the Lake County Emergency Response Fund, managed and reviewed in partnership by the Legacy Foundation with Crown Point Community Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago. Funds will be used to provide volunteers and staff with PPE, sanitizers and cleaning products to use on home build sites and at Habitat ReStore’s in Merrillville and Griffith, Indiana.

In addition to building affordable homes with and for struggling, working families, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana operates two ReStores in Lake County. Each ReStore helps to support the mission of Habitat, building homes, community and hope. ReStores accept new and gently used home building materials to resell at a deep discount. Cleaning products and personal protective gear have rapidly depleted over the last month.

“Protection for volunteers, staff and shopper are of the utmost concern. We are grateful for these funds from the foundations to purchase PPE and disinfectants. These products are crucial as we prepare to be re-opened to the public once Governor Holcomb lifts the stay at home order,” said Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat.

Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Crown Point Community Foundation and the Foundations of East Chicago created the Emergency Response Fund to provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Lake County, Indiana, working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Habitat is one of eleven area non-profits awarded in this third round of grant awards.

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