A local community organization is stepping up to help Habitat for Humanity after vandals damaged some Habitat equipment in a manner that made them illegal to operate.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks provided an emergency grant of just over $5,500 to Habitat to repair vehicles that had their catalytic converters stolen just before New Year’s Eve.
“This theft affected Habitat’s ability to carry out its important work in creating more affordable housing in our community,” CFO President Brian Fogle said in a statement. “We hope this grant will hasten the vehicle repairs and get the trucks back in service so Habitat can accomplish its mission.”
The vandals damaged two box trucks and and four vehicles that are used for construction on Habitat homes. The vehicles could not be legally operated without the converters causing problems and delays in Habitat projects.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield and Community Foundation of the Ozarks have been long-time partners for projects throughout the region.