PLAINFIELD, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County’s newest project, Habitat: Barrier Free, is set to begin this spring. Three local high schools are competing in the Valentine’s Day CrowdBuild to raise $5,000 in building materials.

Throughout February, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Habitat, Basking Ridge Habitat and Berkeley Heights Habitat Club will compete to raise the most materials and get the chance to build on site with Habitat for Humanity. Their campaign pages can be found at

How CrowdBuild Works
Through an online platform, individuals support these high school students and help Habitat for Humanity build a home by purchasing actual materials and supplies for a Habitat home. Donors simply shop through the options, pick out the specific items they want to buy, and The Home Depot delivers the materials directly to Habitat’s worksite.

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The High School Challenge

Habitat for Humanity partners with local schools, faith groups, companies and other groups. Each group is competing to raise the most materials to win the Valentine’s Day CrowdBuild.

This project will serve a family in need of a barrier-free, accessible home. The Johnsons’ 2-year-old son, born three months premature, has a condition that requires 24-hour medical attention and has impeded him from living at home since birth. His mother must demonstrate to the medical facility that her home can accommodate his medical needs before he can be brought home. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will work with The Johnsons and their hospital social worker to specially design their Habitat home.

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Items raised through the Valentine’s Day CrowdBuild will go into the building of the brand new single-family home on East 5th Street in Plainfield.