A KC startup finds its perfect non-profit partner for an April promotion fit for the start of home improvement season.
Andrew Chapman is president of JoeBid, an online home improvement resource that helps homeowners find contractors. He always knew he wanted to find a nonprofit partner when he introduced his startup to Kansas City. When Chapman reached out to Habitat for Humanity Kansas City, which provides housing opportunities to low-income families, a match was made.
“I always thought to myself, ‘If I started my own company, I would partner with an organization like that,’” Chapman recalls. “[Habitat for Humanity Kansas City] just seemed like a good organization and a natural fit for what JoeBid does.”
JoeBid and Habitat for Humanity Kansas City are partnering throughout the month of April to offer a promotion to all JoeBid users. If homeowners find their contractor on JoeBid and the project is completed during the month of April, JoeBid will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to Habitat for Humanity Kansas City.
“[JoeBid is] a local Kansas City based company, and it’s exciting what [Chapman is] trying to accomplish,” says Lindsay Hicks, development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Kansas City. “It made sense that the two would go hand in hand.”
Earnings from the promotion will go toward helping one family’s project in the Kansas City urban core. If JoeBid’s promotion raises more than the project estimate, additional funds can be added to other families’ projects working with Habitat for Humanity Kansas City. “If you’re going to be doing some work this year, you might as well help out a great organization,” Chapman says.
He and his wife came up with the concept for JoeBid after purchasing a home that needed work. The long, drawn-out process of finding the right contractor and getting the right bid convinced the two that there had to be a better way. “We did this massive pivot towards the home improvement industry,” Chapman says.
Thus JoeBid.com was born. The site went up last September. It offers KC homeowners a free and easy way to view pre-screened contractors and receive bids on their home improvement needs. One thing that’s unique about JoeBid is that it doesn’t charge homeowners for use of the site and only charges contractors when they are making money on jobs obtained through it.
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City also found itself in a unique position this year. As the seventh-oldest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year in a big way. The local nonprofit plans to complete 35 projects for 35 families. This would add to the nearly 300 homes Habitat for Humanity Kansas City has already built during its time in KC.
Although the month isn’t over yet, both JoeBid and Habitat for Humanity KC are optimistic about the promotion and working together in the future. “[Chapman] has made the commitment that if the company takes off and does really well that he will only increase his support for Habitat for Humanity Kansas City,” Hicks says.
You can join the support and find the solution to your next home improvement project with JoeBid at joebid.com and get involved with Habitat for Humanity Kansas City at habitatkc.org. – Chelsea Koehly