U.S. Bank Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Habitat 

U.S. Bank Foundation selected Coles County Habitat for Humanity to receive a $5,000 Community Possible grant to support its Affordable Housing Program.  This is the second consecutive year U.S. Bank Foundation has provided this level of support to Habitat. 

U.S. Bank has a long-standing commitment of providing access to affordable housing for low-income families through its giving and engagement platform, Community Possible focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The grant will be used to help fund the construction of Habitat’s 39th home and support the organization’s housing services.  

Melissa McDaniel, Habitat's Executive Director, commented, "Habitat is truly grateful for U.S. Bank Foundation's continued partnership.  A typical cash investment from Habitat on a 3-bedroom home in Coles County is over $80,000.  So, when a donor can continue funding at this amount year after year, the impact is significant."

Habitat's newest partner family is James Dare and Alisha Quast of Mattoon.  James works at Rural King and Alisha is a stay at home mom.  They have two beautiful children, son Brody, and daughter Delanie. 

Tom Bucher, Habitat's President said, "It is partners like U.S. Bank that make Habitat’s work possible.  Creating affordable homeownership opportunities for families, like James and Alisha, is the core of our mission.  That doesn’t happen without generous donors like U.S. Bank."  Habitat broke ground on the family’s home on March 10, 2019. 

Anyone interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about Habitat’s work can call the office at 217-348-7063, or visit their website at colescountyhabitat.net. 


Wells Fargo Advisors Support Coles County Habitat for Humanity

Coles County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to receive an $11,250 grant from Wells Fargo Advisors. This donation will provide affordable housing in Coles County.   

Coles County Habitat for Humanity was building a home in Charleston, IL and submitted a grant request for $5,000. After identifying a budget shortage Wells Fargo Advisors pledged to grant $11,250 to complete the home project.  

Gary Swearingen, Wells Fargo Advisors complex manager, notified Coles County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Melissa McDaniel with the good news. “I can’t believe it!  This is such an incredible gift.  One that is completely unexpected and Habitat is very grateful,” McDaniel said.  “To give perspective on the significance of this sizeable donation, Wells Fargo Advisors just became Habitat’s single largest donor.” 

“Wells Fargo Advisors is not just a financial contributor to Habitat but an important partner in our work.  They are involved in our builds, putting up siding, painting and installing floors.  As if that is not enough, they also volunteer and support our annual fundraisers” Tom Bucher, President of Coles County Habitat for Humanity shared. “Because of partners like Wells Fargo Advisors, exciting things are happening at Habitat every day.” 

Coles County Habitat for Humanity’s board approved two new partner families in August.  The organization will begin their 39th home in spring 2019.   

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Members SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.


 ​Habitat Leaders Begin Fundraiser for Mary Jane Adams

Community members who are connected to Coles County Habitat for Humanity began a fundraiser to benefit Mary Jane Adams. Mary Jane is a Charleston resident with a nervous system condition and other ailments that have caused her to lose part of a leg and left her weakened. The funds that are raised will go towards a power chair and vehicle power lift to increase the mobility that Mary Jane has in the community. An account has been opened at People's Bank and Trust in Charleston for the effort. $2,300 is needed for the power lift and power chair. Let's join together as a community in order to support our members!

An update:
So far enough for the power chair has been raised!!! There have also been enough donations to begin funding the power lift. Approximately $700 is still needed. Wehope the community continues to band together to support Mary Jane and we can increase her mobility!


At Coles County Habitat for Humanity we like to emphasize any news that spotlights our families, members, and supporters. We are proud to call the community that we have our Habitat Family. Supporting members of our community as they support us is something that we do not want to overlook.