Lincoln, NE – April 4, 2019 – Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County announced today that it will receive $38,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Habitat Sarpy County Home Store” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2019 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 117 projects receiving $19,501,444 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 85 were new applications and 32 are carry-over projects.
Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County’s Home Store requests funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for support of its Home Store pick up program through the purchase of a new donation truck. Sarpy’s Habitat Home Store is a home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Sarpy’s Habitat Home Store accepts small and large donations while diverting hundreds of tons from landfills each year, accepting hard-to-dispose-of items and reselling them, or recycling what we cannot use. The Habitat Home Store has been in business for seven years and has consistently seen an increase in the number of large item donations, requiring heavy use of the donation truck. The current donation truck is no longer efficient, or reliable, for the donations being received or offered, and at times donations are being turned down because of the current vehicle situation. Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County is requesting support for the purchase of a reliable and efficient truck that will allow for growth of the number and size of donation pick-ups and in turn, more items diverted from the landfill.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $305 million in grants to over 2,200 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.
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