Hope Village has a $25,000 donation and asks for the community’s help to grow it exponentially to $125,000.
Kent Busek, of Stonebridge Development Corporation, has donated $25,000 to Hope Village and vowed to match the donation, dollar for dollar, up to an additional $50,000.
“I was greatly affected from the flood. I wanted to do something but didn’t know what,” Busek said.
After learning about Hope Village, the volunteer center that houses, feeds and assigns jobs to out-of-town volunteer teams, Busek made an initial donation but wanted to do more.
He arranged to deed a property to Hope Village and challenged the community to match the donation.
“We also found that we have a close family member whose home was being rebuilt by Hope,” Busek said. “It just seemed right.”
Hope Village plans to use $25,000 of the proceeds from the sale of the lot in its efforts but wants the remaining dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 to go toward other long-term flood recovery efforts and challenges the community to match the amount in 30 days.
Governor Jack Dalrymple and his wife Betsy, who attended the fund-raising kickoff at the grand opening of Stonebridge Farms Phase II, started the drive with a $1,000 personal contribution.
The funds raised would go directly to organizations that support flood recovery, such as Unmet Needs and the Recovery Warehouse.
To donate, go to http://www.hopevillagend.org/dollar-for-dollar/. You may also mail checks to Hope Village, 3705 11th St. SW, Minot ND 58701. VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit card contributions may be made by phone: 701-240-1495.