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Nixon Challenges Volunteers to Build 35 Joplin Homes in 2012

Governor Jay Nixon is challenging Missouri’s athletic teams and the citizens who cheer them on to help build 35 new homes in Joplin this year. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports. 

Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Nixon’s administration is providing a 3.6 million dollar Community Development Block Grant to fund the project. The grant will be used as a call to action for Missouri’s athletic organizations and the community to continue to provide help in the Joplin rebuilding process. The EF5 tornado that hit Joplin in May killed 161 people and damaged thousands of homes and businesses.

The project will be broken up into seven neighbor hoods, each spearheaded by an athletic team—the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Missouri Tigers are just a few of those teams.

Members from each group will donate their time to work alongside volunteers and professional builders to complete the houses.  You don’t have to be a sports fan to take part.

Missourians can visit to sign up for the project.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.