A mere two weeks after the initial announcement, Missourians are responding in a big way to Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge. Since the official kickoff on Feb. 4, 1,000 Missourians have signed up for the Challenge as volunteers. The volunteers who have registered to lend their support on the ground in Joplin in the project to build 35 new homes during 2012 include both individual and group registrations. Missourians who wish to register to volunteer for the Challenge with the athletic organization of their choice, or to contribute in the initiative’s support, are encouraged to visit MO.gov today.
The 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge is a partnership between the state of Missouri, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and Missouri’s major athletic organizations that aims to build 35 new homes in the heart of Joplin during 2012 to provide continued aid to the city’s recovery.
The Governor launched the Challenge at Mizzou Arena prior to the Feb. 4 basketball game between Missouri and Kansas, where he was joined by representatives of each athletic organization involved in the effort, including University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden; former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander; St. Louis Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel; Kansas City Royals pitcher Aaron Crow; and Patrick Warren, president of the Kansas Speedway representing the speedway, NASCAR and the NASCAR foundation.
“I am pleased at the response of Missourians to the 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge, but I am not surprised,” Gov. Nixon said. “We have already seen how folks across our great state have come together to support our neighbors in Joplin, stepping forward to help the community recover and rebuild from the devastating tornado. It is one of the heart-warming characteristics of the Missouri spirit.
“I encourage all Missourians to get involved in the Challenge today by visiting Mo.gov to register to volunteer or make contributions,” the Governor said. “Together with Missouri’s top athletic organizations, we can help tackle the crucial issue of housing in Joplin by building 35 new homes in 2012 while providing resources for Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity to expand its mission for years to come.”
The EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, damaged or destroyed more than 7,700 households, and thousands of Joplin residents continue to live in temporary housing or with family or friends. The 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge will address the need for new housing with the Nixon Administration providing a $3.6 million Community Development Block Grant to build 35 new homes, which would include purchasing the land and materials, hiring construction leaders and managers, and hiring a volunteer coordinator.
The 35 homes will be divided into seven different neighborhoods, with each neighborhood assigned a sponsor among the seven Missouri athletic franchises. Players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and front office staff from each organization will visit their neighborhood to serve alongside volunteers and professional builders in assisting with the construction, including framing and siding, painting and landscaping.
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