Kurt Warner, foundation seek partners for Cedar Rapids Habitat Build-A-Thon

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Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation are inviting new Habitat pledge partners to a special Home Team build site picnic hosted by Kurt and Brenda in Cedar Rapids at noon June 25.

To demonstrate their commitment to joining in Habitat’s work in 2011, Kurt Warner’s First Things First Home Team Challenge participants will pledge to support at least one Habitat construction day next year.

As the Cedar Valley continues to rebuild from the Flood of 2008, Iowa natives Kurt and Brenda Warner are challenging Cedar Rapids faith-based and corporate organizations to commit to building simple, decent and affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity.

The Warners’ foundation is donating $100,000 to help complete two Habitat homes in 2010.

They are calling on community-minded individuals and groups to match their gift for 2011 — making it possible to build at least one more Habitat home with an area family in need.

As part of the program, partners will commit to at least an $8,000 one-day “Front Door” sponsorship on the First Things First Foundation Habitat home in 2011.

As part of that partnership, sponsors will have the opportunity to take part in team-building days at a Habitat construction site.

“Habitat is doing great work in helping to rebuild affordable housing in this area,” Brenda Warner said.

Kurt Warner, a former quarterback for Cedar Rapids Regis High School, the University of Northern Iowa and the NFL, said he and his wife are pleased to be part of the building of homes.

“There is a long way to go in rebuilding this community, but we’re hopeful that everyone will respond to our challenge and take a strong role in furthering this ministry,” Kurt Warner said.

In 2009, the Warners joined more than 400 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members to help build 20 Habitat for Humanity houses in June in Cedar Rapids as part of the annual Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

After receiving support from NFL colleagues and fans across the country, Kurt Warner raised more than $675,000, including $100,000 each from the Cardinals, NFL Charities, First Things First, and the Warners themselves.

The 2010 build season will mark the second consecutive year Cedar Valley Habitat has been selected to host the annual Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

More than 500 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members will help build, rehabilitate, and repair Cedar Rapids-area homes this summer.

“Through the great work of their foundation, as well as their strong personal commitment to this community and Habitat for Humanity, Kurt and Brenda have made an unbelievable difference,” said Jeff Capps, Cedar Valley Habitat executive director.

“Their contributions, which go far beyond their very generous financial support, are changing lives,” he said. “We are so grateful, and confident that the community will respond to their challenge.”

Partnership commitments, as part of the First Things First Home Team Challenge, are being accepted through Wednesday, June 23.

Organizations and individuals interested in making a pledge should call Capps or Bea Flodeen at (319) 366-4485 or e-mail cvhhinfo@cvhabitat.org

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