UPDATE: Feb 3, 2011 — Match completed, money raised for this project so far — $78,935 total. Groundbreaking took place today on second anniversary of Fuller Center Founder Millard Fuller’s death. Thanks to everyone who donated!!
(Woodbridge, VA) Jan. 26, 2011 – An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $15,000 in contributions to help the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing complete a home addition for U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Himan and his family.
The pledge has just one catch: the donor will only match contributions until January 31.
“This generous offer comes as we are trying to secure the last $40,000 to complete the Himan family project,” said Jacob Koch, President of the Northern Virginia (No Va) Fuller Center. “$15,000 will turn into $30,000 on the spot, which is the bulk of what we need.”
Joshua, 26, was left paralyzed from the chest down when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in September 2009. His mother Patricia quit her job to care for her son, but their multilevel home needs modifications to make it safe and accessible for Joshua’s return from the hospital in March.
The Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing is not only raising funds, but also securing subcontractors, and coordinating volunteers to build an accessible bathroom for easy bathing, wide doorways and hallways to allow for easy transport, and a master suite with sufficient space.
Azalea Charities and the Quality of Life Foundation, two Northern Virginian nonprofits that provide aid and support to wounded veterans and their families, are working with The Fuller Center on the project. Rod Caulkins, owner of Caulkins Construction, will serve as the pro bono general contractor.
To volunteer time that will also make a lasting difference for the Himan family and the local community, please contact Robert Lang at (703) 221-7065 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.