Sen. Jansen’s Habitat for Humanity license plate approved
LANSING — The Michigan Senate approved legislation Wednesday establishing a fundraising license plate recognizing Habitat for Humanity, said sponsor Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township.
“This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart,” said Jansen, who was Habitat for Humanity of Michigan’s director of special initiatives prior to serving in the Senate. “Thanks to the relentless efforts of dedicated Habitat volunteers more than 3,500 partner families now live in decent and affordable housing.”
Senate Bill 72 would allow the Secretary of State to create the special fundraising plate and establish the Habitat for Humanity Fund to which the donated funds would be distributed.
According to Habitat for Humanity’s past fundraising experiences, every dollar the organization receives from the license plate is expected to generate an additional $9 in private donations.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, international organization that seeks to eliminate homelessness and to provide affordable housing to disadvantaged people in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
There are 78 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the state with more than 20,000 regular volunteers and up to 100,000 volunteers for special projects.
"In addition to helping raise the necessary funds to help Habitat for Humanity continue its good deeds, my bill will also help increase public awareness," Jansen said. "Every family deserves a decent house to call home."
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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