After a long weekend of family, friends, good food and giving thanks for what we have, followed by several days of shopping in stores and online, #GivingTuesday is a day to give back to the community or to a non-profit of your choice. #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great. You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.
This year we hope you will consider supporting us on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. There are several ways you can help:
- Give directly to Habitat in Monmouth County via our online donation form. Help “Fund the Foundation” on The House that Rock Built project for the Reyes Family.
- Shop for new and gently-used building supplies and furnishings at our ReStore in Freehold.
- Choose Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County as your charity of choice when shopping online. If you start your shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
- Or shop at GoodShop by clicking through to more than 5,000 top store sites to see coupon offers. From 1% to 30% of your online purchase amount will go to Habitat in Monmouth County as your designated charity.
We appreciate all contributions and accept them throughout the year. They will be used to build safe, decent affordable housing for local families in need.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
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About the Project
One of the things that the Jersey Shore is renowned for is it’s Rock & Roll. In an Epic collaboration, Rock & Roll, Habitat in Monmouth County and the community is now coming together to build a Habitat home!
The House that Rock Built (HTRB), a partnership between Greater Media Radio and Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County, is an effort to build a home in Freehold for a deserving local family.
So far thanks to our many generous sponsors and supporters during our October Monmouth Mall Blitz Build, more than $40,000 has been raised to help pay for the cost of construction. Many local contractors have also pledged to donate construction materials along with their time and expertise. We are extremely grateful to all that have contributed.
As we are poised to break ground for the home, Our #GivingTuesday goal is to raise $10,000 to help “Fund the Foundation” for the Reyes Family, the HTRB Partner Family, a hard working family that has always dreamed of owning their own home.
We are pleased to announce that $1,000 has already been donated by an anonymous towards this goal! As the cost of a foundation is nearly $30,000 it would be great if we could raise the entire amount as a stretch goal!
To Help us reach our goals to "Fund the Foundation," Visit our #GivingTuesdayHRB donation page, now!
About the Family
The Reyes Family - A Dream Come True
Having grown up in Monmouth County, Elizabeth Reyes (Liz) loves this area of New Jersey and has continued to live in Monmouth County ever since she was a year old. It is the closeness of the communities that is truly beautiful to Liz.
The Reyes family consists of Liz and her three children (two of whom will be living with her in the new home). Liz’s special needs 19-year-old son was born with cerebral palsy, severe to profound deafness, Tourette syndrome, is developmentally delayed and was born premature. Her daughter, who is 16 and the baby of the family, will also be living with her. She additionally has a 28-year-old son who is a U.S. Army veteran that owns his own home. He and his wife are expecting their first child soon.
Liz and her family are honored to partner with Habitat for Humanity. “The staff and volunteers are officially my extended family,” said Liz. “They all have welcomed me with such caring and compassion. Hope is what Habitat for Humanity gave us. To have a place that we can call home has been a dream of ours. Thanks to God and Habitat for Humanity, that dream is becoming a reality. I soon will be able to have my dignity back.”
Donations both large and small, all the time volunteers put in, and the caring support of the community has made a huge impact on Liz and her family. She is overwhelmed by the compassion of others and very much “appreciates the work that everyone in Habitat for Humanity and all its volunteers do to better peoples lives, to better communities and to give our children a better future.”
“The one thing that surprised our family is the outpouring of support that existed that we were not aware of until we partnered with Habitat for Humanity,” relayed Liz. “God is amazing and God brought all these wonderful volunteers and sponsors to help and I have developed wonderful relationships with some of them.”
To Liz, owning a home is more than just four walls. “It is safety and security. It is memories and laughter, discussions around the dinner table and the place you always return to. Home is where the heart is, and I am so incredibly thankful that I was accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program. It was truly a gift from God, and the more I learn about the program, the more my heart desires to give back to this charitable organization.”
The Reyes family themselves have always given back to their community and will certainly continue to do so. Their experience with Habitat has made them realize that there are many people in the community with such big hearts that want very much to help other families in any way they can. Liz believes that Habitat is a very unique community organization, which is now forever embedded in the hearts of her family.
Their whole experience building with Habitat she says “has been awesome and meaningful.” Though they had never had any previous experience building before this project, she and her daughter have worked hard, learned much and recall fondly the first few days when they began the process of constructing the panels to their new home. They have been thrilled to be able to put so much effort into their own place.
“I can hardly believe that this is becoming a reality for me and my children,” expressed Liz. “I am over the top excited for what the future holds for us!”
What Liz and her family are most looking forward to when they get to move into their new Habitat home is that they will finally have a sense of security, stability, and affordability. These qualities mean a lot to her special needs son and her daughter. Her family has lived in very small quarters in the past. Their new home will at last provide them with much needed space and they all will have their own private bedrooms. No longer will they have to live again with a constant overcrowded feeling. Their Habitat home is not just a new physical house; it will now be a whole new way of life for the Reyes family.
“Having been chosen to own a home through Habitat for Humanity is a blessing from God,” stated Liz. “God heard my prayers and made this happen in His timing. Partnering with Habitat is an honor. Being a part of ‘The House The Rock Built’ is truly wonderful. The WRAT 95.9 FM actually wanted to ‘rock’ with my family and help make our dreams come true in owning a home of our own. Big shout out to the entire staff at the WRAT!”
This Thanksgiving season the Reyes family is very grateful for their health, employment, transportation and much more…”but most of all that we are about to have a ‘home’ where we can rest our heads at night feeling secure… a fresh new start of a future of hope,” stressed Liz.
Liz’s children are her foundation and to be able to provide a home for them gives her peace of mind as a hard working mother. Liz shared that even though she has had many obstacles over the years, which have been extremely challenging for her and her family, “God has prevailed and given me the strength to carry on.” Liz likes to reflect on one of her favorite psalms, which is verse 127:3-5, and begins: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
The Reyes family will forever be changed by the kindness the community has shown and continues to bestow on them. “For those who are contributing to our home on Giving Tuesday. Thank you with all our heart and within the depths of our souls that your generosity means everything to our family,” said Liz. “God bless you all! Thank you all for this amazing grace.”