For Blank: Funding Homes & Creating Connections
Born from a passion ignited during a volunteer trip to Mexico in 2007, For Blank aims to fund the building of homes for families in need and put a new twist on purchases with a cause.
"Imagine a home built with only make-shift items.. 4 old garage doors and a tarp for a roof, pieces of plywood and old tires stacked to give the walls some stability, no insulation, no locks, no electricity or clean running water." For Blank's Founder, Randall Huerta, was faced with a house like this on a home-building trip to Mexico. And in just a few days a small group of people were able to give a family in need a house that would change their lives. Homes like these are being built by organizations and volunteers around the world, and the cost can be extremely low! This sparked a pursuit to find a way to get people involved even if they couldn't participate on a trip, but to be involved beyond a nameless donation to a family they will never know they helped.
At For Blank our mission is to help fund the building of homes for families in need around the world by partnering with existing non-profit organizations and funding one home at a time with a donated portion of all purchases. We also have a commitment to be sure we are adhering to fair trade standards and practices, and when possible to employ locals to build the homes, in order to help to boost local economy.
Our signature item is a necklace with a cement bag pendant- which is symbolic of the solid foundation that will be laid before a safe, substantial home is built atop it. On one side is a "Project Number" and on the other, a location. When we partner with an organization we commit to fund a specific home, and when the goal is met we will receive details and pictures on the family receiving the home, so we can share with everyone who made it possible!
By teaming up with organizations already involved in building projects world-wide, For Blank extends a way for people to purchase products that will help fund a home for a family in need, and still know the lives they have touched. The idea behind "For Blank" is to bridge the gap behind anonymous donations to anonymous recipients, and to fill that "blank" with names and faces. We hope you will join us in our efforts to drastically change the way we see the world-wide housing problem, and new ways to get involved!
Visit forblank.com to learn more and help fund a home!