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You Can Provide Strength and Stability

Like many communities across the country, Kent County is in an affordable housing crisis. Neighborhoods are changing rapidly. Families are living in overcrowded or unaffordable housing. How can you strengthen neighborhoods so that the children who live here can grow up with a sense of stability and self-determination that will carry them through the rest of their lives?

When you give to Habitat Kent you are building more than four walls. A home is a safe place to grow up. A home is a foundation to build a future. A home can change lives. Join us in building a community where every family has a chance for a better tomorrow.

“It’s a foundation”

How you can help

The Heart of Habitat

Bringing people together to build safe, stable, and healthy homes is the heart of what we do. When you give to the Heart of Habitat fund, your gift supports the core of our mission to build a brighter future for Habitat homeowners and our community.

Habitat Kent Endowment

Do you want to leave a legacy of strength and stability for future generations? Giving to the Habitat Kent endowment will leave a lasting impact by sustaining our work of building safe, stable, and healthy housing in our community for many years to come.

How you can help

Materials, Services, & Land

We build many Habitat homes each year with your help—and that help often comes in the form of materials, services or land. Individuals and businesses can donate materials and/or services to any degree. Any gift keeps construction costs low and homeowners’ mortgages affordable.

Welcome Home Veterans

For our veterans, coming home is more than a journey of distance. Help us make sure when veterans return they are welcomed home to a place of peace, stability, and community.

Materials, Services, & Land

If you are considering donating materials & services, contact Roger:

  • Call: (616) 588-5223
  • Email: rpeterman@habitatkent.org

If you are considering donating land, contact Ivor:

  • Call: (616) 588-5256
  • Email: ithomas@habitatkent.org

If you are considering remodeling your home and would like to donate items to Habitat Kent, contact our material recovery team. 

Click here if you’d like to donate to ReStore.

Here are some of our greatest needs:*

Services

  • Excavators
  • Roofers
  • Drywall installers
  • Carpet and flooring installers

Tools

  • 4′, 6′, 8′ fiberglass ladders
  • Hammers, drills and bits
  • Saw horses (durable folding metal)
  • 16″ concrete hand held saw
  • Concrete saw (walk behind)
  • Rototiller
  • Tape measures
  • Utility knives
  • Pencils
  • Welder
  • Tool trailer
  • Heavy duty pickup truck (3/4 ton 4×4)
  • Heavy duty dump truck

Materials

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Light fixtures/electrical materials
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Siding
  • Shingles
  • Landscape materials
  • Faucets/plumbing materials
  • Sprinklers
  • Vanities
  • Hardware

Land

  • Vacant lots or land
  • Homes in need of repair
  • Condemned sites that must be razed
  • Commercial properties
  • Retail properties
  • Warehousing properties

*Habitat handles all required paperwork and pays all transfer fees, recording fees, and appraisal costs.

Get Your Business or Faith Community Involved

Align your business or faith group’s values to build stronger communities. Your organization’s gift can help build stable, safe, and affordable housing in our community. Click below to see how your group can give financially to support Habitat Kent’s work.

Your Values Can Build More

Donor Frequently Asked Questions…

How can I donate?

There are many ways to donate. Since you’re already on our website, the easiest way may be to donate online. You can also donate by mail or in person.

Please make checks payable to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and mail or deliver to 425 Pleasant St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Can I donate something other than money?

Certainly! Habitat Kent is always in need of materials, services and land for our building projects. These gifts-in-kind keep construction costs low and homeowner mortgages affordable. See above to learn more about donating gifts-in-kind.

You can also donate building supplies and home improvement items—everything from tools to appliances to furniture—at our Habitat ReStores. Your ReStore donations will be sold to the public at discount prices and proceeds will support our home builds. Click here to learn more about ReStore.

What percentage of my gift actually funds Habitat houses?

We’re committed to using your gift to support our mission. ReStore revenue and mortgage payments support our admin and fundraising costs, so every penny of every dollar donated goes directly to building homes, communities, and hope.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, we send an acknowledgement letter for each gift received with the information needed to claim a deduction on your tax return.

Can I donate towards a specific house or project?

Yes. When you donate, you can designate your gift for a particular special build or initiative such as Women Build, Catholic United Build, or Habitat Kent’s Veteran Program.

Can I make Habitat a part of my will?

Yes, there are many options for planned and deferred giving. We would be happy to discuss those options with you personally. Please contact Mark Ogland-Hand at (616) 588-5243.

I’ve heard some employers match donations. Does that apply to me?

Many generous employers do match charitable donations. Please check with your human resources department or community outreach team to see if your employer matches donations.

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