By Roger McKinney
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has received a second $250,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation, which Habitat will use to repair homes in the community.
The grant also will help expand Joplin Habitat’s ReStore, which offers building materials and household goods at a steep discount.
Some of the money also will go toward a new initiative that will launch in the fall, titled “A Brush with Kindness.” That project is Habitat’s new nationwide effort to help low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. Habitat volunteers will help make affordable repairs, enabling the homeowners to continue to live independently.
The PepsiCo Foundation grant follows an initial $250,000 grant for immediate relief following Joplin’s May 22, 2011, tornado.
“We are grateful to Habitat for Humanity for their partnership and ongoing support of PepsiCo employees and the Joplin community,” Sue Tsokris, vice president of Global Citizenship for PepsiCo, said in a statement. “ ... we are committed to helping communities thrive for the long-term, which is especially important after a disaster of this magnitude.”
PepsiCo employees also are joining other Habitat volunteers to build two houses.
They will raise the walls at one of those houses, at 2421 Pennsylvania Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. today. The work will continue until 2 p.m.
71 so far
Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has built 71 new houses since the May 22, 2011, tornado.