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Habitat For Humanity Online “Build-A-Thon”

Wherever you wish to social distance!

Unfortunately it’s no surprise that we’ve had to cancel our annual “Hammers & Heels” event this year due to the pandemic.

However… the first ever Habitat for Humanity NCI “Online Build-a-thon” will not only raise money to provide safe and affordable housing for families in need throughout north Iowa, but it will also support local restaurants and businesses which have been affected by closures and loss of revenue.

We have the perfect activity for your “social distancing” family, church, or business!  Be a designer, builder, and fundraiser!

REGISTRATION

  • Opens May 5th, 2020

  • $30 Registration fee per team

  • Participants will have several weeks to design, build, and document their house.

  • Teams are required to create an easy Peer-to -Peer online fundraising page that they can share with their friends and family through email, text, and social media pages to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa. A link and instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.

  • The more teams who join and raise money for the Build-a-thon… the more gift cards and merchandise can be purchased as prizes from local restaurants and businesses!

WHO can participate?

  • Families

  • Individuals

  • Kids

  • Businesses and church groups (as long as they are not breaking the “social distancing” guidelines)

  • Whoever else wants to!

BUILD a “home” using…

  • Household materials

  • Craft supplies

  • Recyclables

  • Scrap metal or wood

  • Edible items

  • Small construction materials

  • Office supplies

  • Use your imagination!

PRIZES

We will have a graduated prize reward structure. Each entry team will choose a category (below) to compete in, and the team will receive their prizes based on the total amount they’ve raised through their online Peer-to-Peer page.

Level 1 – Raise a minimum of $50

  • Handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homewner, or Volunteer

  • Three T-shirts (additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each)

  • Prizes/Gift Cards to local restaurants & stores valued at $10

Level 2 – Raise a minimum of $100

  • Handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homeowner, or Volunteer

  • Three T-shirts (additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each)

  • Prizes/Gift Cards to local restaurants & stores valued at $20

Level 3 – Raise a minimum of $300

  • Handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homewner, or Volunteer

  • Three T-shirts (additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each)

  • Prizes/Gift Cards to local restaurants & stores valued at $50

Level 4 – Raise a minimum of $500

  • Handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homeowner, or Volunteer

  • Three T-shirts (additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each)

  • Prizes/Gift Cards to local restaurants & stores valued at $100

  • A chance to win four Air Choice One tickets to any of the available destinations from Mason City (Minneapolis, Chicago, & St. Louis).  Valid for travel through 4/30/2021

Level 5 – Raise a minimum of $1,000

  • Handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homeowner, or Volunteer

  • Three T-shirts (additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each)

  • Prizes/Gift Cards to local restaurants & stores valued at $200

  • A chance to win a secluded getaway to the Waterfront Marriott Resort in Duluth, Minnesota for up to four people.

All registered teams will receive a handwritten thank you card from a Partner Family, Homeowner, or Volunteer and three T-shirts. (Additional shirts available for purchase for $10 each.)

PEER-TO-PEER PAGES

Share a photo of your team, a story about why you are raising funds for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa, and update your page with house progress. All teams must have a team fundraising goal.

JUDGE AWARDS

Awards will be given to teams that the judges choose as winners in each of the following categories: 

JUDGING CATEGORIES

  • Most Original

  • Most Detailed

  • Most Unique Materials Used

  • Most Edible

  • Most Practical / Durable

  • Most Flimsy / “Three Little Pigs Award”

  • Best of Show / “Best in the Neighborhood!”

* There will be an additional “Youth Category” available for each award if 50% or more was built by a child under 12 years old. 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Legacy Award – Given to the team who raises the most money

People’s Choice Award – This award will be given to the team with the most “Likes” in the Completed Houses Album on the HFHNCI Facebook Page.  For a vote to count, individuals must first “Like” the HFHNCI page, then “Like” their favorite team’s house.

WINNERS

All teams will be required to share their final house photos and videos through email to [email protected] by Friday, June 19th. HFHNCI will then begin the judging process, and announcements of the winners will be made on Friday, June 26th.

A Facebook album will be created on the HFHNCI Facebook page to share all of the finished houses. The winners will be announced on the Super Hits 102-7 radio station on Friday, June 19th, and a recording will also be posted on Habitat’s social media channels as well as sent out by email to notify the winners.

TIMELINE

  • May 5th         Registration opens and the home building begins!  (A $30 non-refundable registration fee is required.)

  • May 22th       Teams must be registered and online fundraising pages created, approved by Habitat, and shared

  • June 19th        5-10 photos of the housing building progress, materials, and finished home are due along with your 1 minute video submitted to [email protected]

  • June 26th      Winners will be announced on Super Hits 102-7 and through social media!

IMPORTANT TEAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pay $30 to enter the competition

  • Must send a 1-minute video to introduce the team along with 5-10 photos of the materials used, building process, and finished house by June 19th to [email protected]

  • Must have a “Peer-to-Peer” fundraising page completed and shared by May 22nd (a link will be included in the registration confirmation email along with the easy instructions)

  • Must raise a minimum of $50 to be eligible for prizes

We’ve designed this special event to let your creativity shine and bring some joy to your home during this difficult time. Your support will help us to fulfill the Habitat mission to provide safe and affordable homes all year round, as well as support area restaurants and businesses who desperately need it. Thank you for joining us!

Now more than ever… we envision a world where everyone has a safe place to call home!

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