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Community Foundation Awards Grant to Fox Valley Habitat For Humanity


This June 2016, The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley approved a $10,000 grant to Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity for a forklift.  Rev. Jeff Barrett, Habitat’s Executive Director, said the machine will be used at the Christian housing ministry’s office and warehouse at 250 S. Highland Ave. in Aurora.

This grant will help us accept large quantities of material donations. “The forklift will allow us to unload trucks and organize inventory quickly, instead of the lengthy process of unloading and moving materials by hand. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for yet again supporting the mission work we do.”  Rev. Barrett said.  He added that Habitat is seeking a quality used forklift.

Jeff Hartman, President & CEO of Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, spoke to the importance of the community working together.  Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful example of collaboration.  “Just as individuals work together and volunteer their time to build homes at Habitat for Humanity, it is only through the support of generous individuals and donors that we at the Community Foundation are able to make these grants and support these wonderful organizations and their missions.  It all starts with each one of us doing what we can to make a difference,” said Jeff Hartman.


About Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds or rehabs homes with people in need regardless of race or religion. Habitat has helped more than 200 people in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery improve their living conditions since its founding in 1989. Part of Habitat for Humanity International, Fox Valley Habitat is among more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions since its founding in 1976. For more information, call (630) 859-3333, email or visit


About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.  Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.  For more information on the Foundation, visit

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