Ten for Joplin build still in need of donations

 JOPLIN, MO. – Oct. 29, 2011 – About 400 volunteers from the Tulsa and Joplin area joined hands
and hearts today to raise the walls on 10 homes for tornado-impacted families. It’s a testament to the
power of community and what can be accomplished when people come together to help those in
need.
The grassroots effort began with a few people from Tulsa asking how they could help after a visit to
witness the May 22 EF-5 tornado’s devastation firsthand. Within a few months, those questions
blossomed into the Ten for Joplin project to build 10 homes over 16 days.
The project is a partnership between Tulsa and Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity teams, the City of
Joplin, surrounding businesses and organizations, and thousands of volunteers to rebuild Joplin.
In just a little over seven weeks, Ten for Joplin has raised $789,000 toward its $800,000 cash goal
and approximately $270,000 worth of in-kind gifts. Donations will be accepted through the 16-day
build on its website at www.tenforjoplin.org. Any excess cash raised will be applied to future Habitat
for Humanity builds in the tornado-ravaged area of Joplin.
“This project is about more than constructing houses, it’s about rebuilding a community,” said Paul
Kent, executive director of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. “We’re starting with just a few walls today,
but in a matter of weeks this place will be transformed. We’re all excited to be a part of providing a
fresh start and secure environment for these families.”
In addition to a community developer sponsorship from the Habitat for Humanity International’s
Women Build program, companies sponsoring houses are The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,
Arvest Bank, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Chase, Hilti, Samson and T.D. Williamson, Inc. Organizations
that have signed on to sponsor a half house include Advanced Industrial Devices, Inc., Commerce
Bank/William T. Kemper Foundation, Helmerich & Payne, Unit Corporation and Valley National
Bank. Other major contributors include Asbury United Methodist Church, Bank of Oklahoma,
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Home Depot Foundation, The
Mary K. Chapman Foundation and Williams.
Companies donating gifts in-kind include Thermal Windows, Turner Roofing, TAMKO Building
Products and numerous others.
To find out more about the project, go to the website at www.tenforjoplin.org. Interviews with family
members can be arranged by contacting Scott Clayton at 417-782-6533 or sclayton@joplinhabitat.org.

About Ten for Joplin

In a blitz build from Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, the Tulsa and Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity teams have
joined forces with the City of Joplin to construct 10 homes for low-income families impacted by the
devastating May 22 tornado. The Ten for Joplin project provides an opportunity for Tulsans and
others in surrounding communities to contribute their time and money to help their neighbors in need.
More information is available at www.tenforjoplin.org.

About Tulsa Habitat for Humanity

 Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, non-profit Christian housing ministry dedicated to
eliminating poverty housing while building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in
need in Tulsa County. Tulsa Habitat and its families and house sponsors have built homes with over
230 families. Over 125 faith-based groups, companies, foundations and individuals have financially
sponsored and helped build these homes. THFH has launched a 48-month campaign to help another
100 families build and buy their homes by 2013. Dr. Paul Kent serves as Executive Director. More
information is available at www.habitat-tulsa.org.

About Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity

The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1989, and as of today has constructed 33
homes with more on the way. The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit,
nondenominational Christian housing organization. It is the vision of the organization to eliminate
poverty housing and homelessness from the Jasper County Area, and to make decent shelter a matter
of conscience and action. Scott Clayton serves as Executive Director. More information is available
at www.joplinhabitat.org.


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