Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Twin Cities Entrepreneurs House is a community service project where mid-tier companies make a big difference. With about 50 other small businesses joining together, we build an entire Habitat house every year for a deserving family – a truly lasting social contribution.
Cherry Tree’s Wayne Atkins and John Bergstrom: Co-Founders
Wayne Atkins’ career was spent working with entrepreneurial businesses and investment firms; companies that were too small to sponsor a Habitat home on their own. That’s where Wayne and his good friend and colleague, John Bergstrom, got the idea for the Entrepreneurs House. The house – affectionately known as “eHouse” – is part of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and was designed to bring dozens of companies, investments firms and other smaller businesses together to build and sponsor a Habitat home.
The Entrepreneurs House project has been a growing success since 2003.
Within its first year, we started with 125 volunteers who committed to 10 days. Since then, involvement has increased five-fold, as more and more companies have blended their financial support and volunteer labor to build one Entrepreneurs House each year. The generosity and dedication of the people of Minnesota to issues of affordable housing is one reason the Twin Cities is a leader in business, culture, and quality of life in general.
An all-volunteer steering committee of Twin Cities entrepreneurial leaders recruits companies, raises funds, and schedules volunteers.
We involve 600+ employees from an average of 50 companies and aim to raise $150,000 each year. Volunteer companies bring a team to work on the house for one full day (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in the spring and summer.
Mik Gusenius, Steering Committee Member
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