Celebrate with 2×4’s For Hope as they received a $160,000 donation from Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC to help fund the construction of the next four (4) tiny homes for local veterans, and help complete the funding for a partially built home in Brown County. Joining is Dallas-based Energy Transfer, which operates Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC.
A check presentation and thank-you reception for partners and volunteers took place on Thursday, February 6, at 11:30 am at the Dick Brothers Brewery Museum Room, 929 York. St.
“This is perfect alignment of a plan to bring our community together and rebuild neighborhoods, lives and friendships by working together to make a difference,” states Mark Lawrence, co-founder of 2×4’s For Hope. “Empowering people, changing lives, setting examples and planting seeds continue to produce real results with real people.”
“Building hope and a future, one board at a time” is the mission statement for 2×4’s For Hope. But it wasn’t until Mark and Chris Lawrence happened upon a story about tiny homes for veterans that they could truly see how a 2×4 could help. To date, 2×4’s For Hope has donated over 12,000 2×4’s to veterans’ projects nationwide and helped build three (3) tiny homes for local veterans in Adams County, Illinois.
“Building stronger communities through local investments is one of our core values,” says Kevin Smith, Executive Vice President at Energy Transfer. “Partnering with 2×4’s For Hope is a natural fit for us, as building infrastructure is key to our core business of transporting oil and gas products. As a veteran myself, I can speak personally to the importance of veterans in the workforce and their value to our local communities. We are proud to support veterans along our Dakota Access Pipeline route in Illinois by partnering with 2×4’s For Hope.”
Remarks at the check presentation will be given by Chris & Mark Lawrence, founders of 2×4’s For Hope; Kevin Smith, Executive Vice President of Engineering & Construction at Energy Transfer; City of Quincy Mayor, Kyle Moore; and State Representative, Randy Frese.
For more information about the event, contact Joi Cuartero Austin at GREDF (217) 223-4313 or visit www.2x4forhope.org to learn more about the organization and it’s mission.
2×4’s For Hope is a 501c3 global organization with the sole objective to help those who are in need to a basic essential in live, shelter. The signed 2×4’s and donations have assisted organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Homes for homeless veterans, and sustainability for our neighbors in developing countries. Their mission is clear, to help those who are in need by working together to make a difference.
The Dakota Access Pipeline traverses approximately 177 miles in Illinois and has been safely transporting approximately 570,000 barrels of oil per day since June of 2017. It is operated by Dallas-based Energy Transfer, one of the largest and most diversified midstream energy companies in the United States.
Energy Transfer is committed to being a good neighbor, business partner, and valued member of the communities where their employees work, live and operate assets. To date, Energy Transfer and the Dakota Access Pipeline have contributed more than $11.2 million in donations along the pipeline’s route. Most recently, Dakota Access Pipeline donated $20,000 to the Illinois FFA and Illinois 4-H foundations, and $240,000 to emergency management departments along the pipeline’s twelve-county route in Illinois.