By: Jaime Faulkner—
Muncie, IN—Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity humbly celebrates receiving $100,000 from the MutualBank Charitable Foundation in 2020.
The donation comes on the heels of the unexpected passing of the MutualBank Charitable Foundation President and MutualBank President and COO, Pat Botts, in October 2019.
Dave Heeter, the newly named President of the MutualBank Charitable Foundation, says, “The Foundation board unanimously voted in favor of this contribution as a tangible means of honoring Pat. Pat was an integral part of the Foundation, which has provided over $5 million in grants to the community over the past twenty years.” He continued, “Pat whole-heartedly believed in and supported the vision of Habitat, believing every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. He dedicated decades of his life to forging a path of homeownership for families in our community.”
Through new builds and rehabilitation, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity helps individuals and families achieve homeownership. These homes are to be simple, decent and affordable. Homeowners invest hundreds of hours of labor, aka “sweat equity,” into their home and the houses of others, and their monthly mortgage payment goes toward more Habitat houses.
Habitat CEO, Lindsey Arthur shares, “This is such a bittersweet gift. Pat gave thoughtfully for many years to Habitat, serving on the Board of Directors and by swinging a hammer from time to time. His leadership to our organization was a gift in and of itself. This contribution, though, will cover the cost of an entire home. We sincerely appreciate the MutualBank Charitable Foundation for honoring Pat in this way.”
There will be a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 3 pm for the build that will become the Pat Botts Memorial Build. If you would like to give of your time volunteering or make a financial gift, you can do so by visiting www.munciehabitat.org/.
For over 33 years, Muncie Habitat for Humanity has built, rehabilitated and repaired over 225 homes in partnership with volunteers. Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs houses using volunteer labor and donations. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Muncie Habitat for Humanity launched its neighborhood revitalization efforts in 2015. Muncie Habitat convenes the 8twelve Coalition and works alongside community organizations and residents to improve the quality of life by strengthening the collaborative work and neighborhood initiatives already taking place.