Local Benefits

Here's a look at how Wisconsin Rapids benefits by have a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. We'll list the benefits for local businesses as well as the community at large.

Wisconsin Rapids Welcome Sign

Wisconsin Rapids Welcome Sign

How Local Businesses Benefit

Local businesses who provide material, labor, or services to Habitat for free or at a discounted rate benefit in several ways. 

Positive Publicity: Donating to a well-known and respected charity like Habitat for Humanity can give businesses a positive image. It shows they care about the community and are willing to give back. People tend to patronize and recommend businesses they believe contribute directly to the well-being of their community.

Tax Benefits: Donating to a nonprofit organization like Habitat for Humanity can provide tax benefits for businesses. Donations are often tax-deductible, which can reduce their overall tax liability.

  • Networking Opportunities: Working with Habitat can also lead to networking opportunities. It can allow representatives of the business to meet and work with other local businesses and individuals, which can lead to future partnerships and collaborations. 
  • Employee Engagement: People like to think they're making a positive difference in the world. Allowing employees to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project can boost employee morale and engagement. It can be a fun and rewarding team-building activity that allows employees to give back to the community. 
  • Employee Loyalty: While many people like to feel they're making a positive difference in the world, they also like to think their employer is contributing to a better world as well. Working with Habitat may help improve loyalty and retain good employees. 
  • Recommendations: When Habitat workers or workers from other businesses see your quality work, they may hire you for work they need done or recommend you to friends and family. Positive word of mouth is a powerful business booster.
  • Social Responsibility: Supporting Habitat for Humanity identifies a business as having a strong measure of social responsibility. This is a growing concern for many individuals. They want to patronize businesses they believe are responsible to their community.
  • How the Community Benefits
  • Affordable Housing: Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates homes that are safe, decent, and affordable. These houses are then sold to a qualifying family in need at no profit, and financed by Habitat with a no-interest loan. This gives families in need a stable foundation to build their lives. It's a hand up, not a hand out. This not only helps the families themselves, but also strengthens the community by providing more stable, long-term residents.
  • Community Engagement: Habitat relies on volunteers to help with building and renovating homes. This community involvement creates a sense of engagement and unity of purpose as people come together to support a worthwhile common cause. 
  • Partnering with Local Organizations: Habitat partners with other local organizations, such as schools, churches, and businesses, who help the build homes. This collaboration further promotes a sense of community by helping to build relationships between unaffiliated groups, and helps strengthen already existing relationships.
  • Providing Education and Support: Habitat not only builds homes, but also provides education and support to families to help them maintain their homes and improve their lives. This includes financial education and other resources to help families thrive.

Business Conclusion

As you can see, there are many good reasons to work with Habitat for Humanity, not only because it's a benefit to a family in need and a community in general, but because it can also be very good for your business. Every competitive edge you can gain is a net positive.

Happy Workers

Community Conclusion

For better or worse, a community is always changing. The benefits to a community that has a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate are proven and valuable. From increasing affordable housing to pulling a community together, Habitat is a valuable asset to have.

Good Neighbors