A Philadelphia radio station announced the expansion of a partnership between Jon Bon Jovi and the city’s Habitat for Humanity charity by highlighting the star’s beliefs:
On March 31, Bon Jovi delivered $200,000 to fund an additional two homes through his partnership that began in June 2005, broke ground last October, and will build six homes in Philadelphia through Summer â€™06.
Last October, Bon Jovi, Habitat for Humanity, local volunteers and families, and corporate sponsors, like Comcast and Sprint, gathered on a build site in Philly (left photo) to formally announce a partnership to build two duplexes (four homes). The site also served as the location for Bon Joviâ€™s music video for Who Says You Canâ€™t Go Home, which highlights the efforts of Habitat families and local volunteers whose work continues. The video is now in top rotation on VH1, CMT, and GAC and emphasizes the bandâ€™s support for Habitat for Humanity and their core mission of eliminating poverty housing.
House #1 is expected be complete in Mid-May and House #2 will be ready in August.
â€œPeople around the world have seen and been inspired by Jon Bon Jovi’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity through the video, â€˜Who says you canâ€™t go home,â€™â€ said Chris Clarke, senior vice president of Communications for Habitat.
Tim Block, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia said, â€œThis partnership with the Bon Jovi organization… has been a godsend for us. The need for affordable housing in the city of Philadelphia grows bigger each day. Each house we build helps, but the spotlight that groups like these bring to the overall challenge facing working families is priceless.â€
Said Jon, “These good works with Habitat for Humanity have already made a difference to families in the city of Philadelphia.”
An area-resident known for his community involvement, Jon Bon Jovi approached Habitat in June 2005 with a proposal for a local build on a large scale. To fund the build, Bon Jovi pledged the majority of the bandâ€™s video budget from Island Records, contributed his own money from the Bon Jovi Family Foundation and secured additional sponsorship through pre-existing relationships in the private sector. By setting aside a small sum to document the process, the band planned a music video with a â€œthink global, act localâ€ theme.