Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity announces major donor ahead of fall event –

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity’s Humanity in Action Capital Campaign has received a new major donor gift of $50,000. The donation, from Laurie and Kent Thomas, comes as Bend-Redmond Habitat is preparing for a celebration of its successful capital campaign.

“We’ve seen Habitat complete multiple, high-quality developments in the past few years. And we love that the homes are built sustainably and with energy efficiency in mind,” said Laurie Thomas. “We’re so glad to be part of a larger campaign that will provide the stability of homeownership for so many hardworking local families.”

“Laurie and Kent understand that it is more difficult than ever for working class families to find a pathway to homeownership in Central Oregon. Their incredible generosity will impact generations of future Habitat homeowners with the pride, safety, educational attainment, and wealth building opportunities that go along with homeownership,” said Carly Colgan, CEO of Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity. “We’re looking forward to celebrating a successful campaign with Laurie, Kent and all of our wonderful donors in November!”

The Humanity in Action Capital Campaign kicked off in 2021 with the aim to achieve a long-term, systemic impact in both the Bend and Redmond communities by:

  • Completing 40 new affordable homes by 2024
  • Establishing a base for building 20 homes per year after 2024

With $3.8 million raised towards its ambitious $4 million campaign goal, Bend-Redmond Habitat has already completed construction of 39 homes since 2021 and is on pace to exceed its goal of 40 homes by November.

The Humanity in Action Fall Celebration invites supporters, partners, and community members to celebrate this remarkable success — and to push the landmark campaign even further toward its final goal. The event will feature live music, a farm to fork dinner, and inspiring speeches from Habitat homeowners. Habitat’s new CEO, Carly Colgan, will share updates on the bright future of the organization.

The Humanity in Action Fall Celebration will take place on Thursday, November 2nd, from 5 – 9:30 pm at Tetherow.

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