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Habitat Canada Biggest Build (Posted On: Friday, February 03, 2017)

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Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay is proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity's 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project - Habitat for Humanity Canada's biggest build project ever-to help build 150 homes for Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

The Carter Work Project will take place in every province and territory, and over 40 communities including Collingwood, with former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Habitat South Georgian Bay is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity International and the Carters to help bring this project to Canada by committing to build homes to help reach the goal of 150 homes. Thousands of volunteers will be helping to build alongside future Habitat homeowners right across the country, and Habitat South Georgian Bay is excited to be a part of this Canada-wide project to bring affordable home ownership to more families in need.

"We are excited to be part of the activities related to hosting President and Mrs. Carter and are grateful for their support of empowering communities through affordable homeownership" said Joy Fleury, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay.  "These homes will provide low-income families with the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life."

Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay has purchased land in Collingwood for this year's build and are accepting applications from families who want to be home owners.  Brochures and applications are being distributed to Simcoe County students in grades K - 3 through the school this week and are also available at the ReStore at 155 Sandford Fleming Drive, Collingwood.

Habitat is also holding an Open House on Monday, February 13 at the Erie Street Community Church for families interested in learning more about the Home Ownership Program.  "If you have financial restraints and owning a home seems out of reach, but is something you want for your family, we may have an option for you" said Fleury "drop by anytime between 4 - 8 pm, light refreshments will be provided and we can answer any questions you have, help you complete an application or see if the program is right for you - it could be life-changing for your family."  Contact Joy or 705-446-9542 for more information.

People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity's innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development.

Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay will be dedicating their 2017 build project to the Carter Work Project and in Celebration of Canada's 150th year. Habitat will be holding an information session in late February about their newest build project - come see how you can be involved.

Habitat would also like you to participate in their “sponsor a stud” fundraising campaign. What is a Habitat Stud?  It's a 2x4 or 2x6 wooden board used to frame the exterior and interior walls of a Habitat home.  Companies, individuals, churches and schools can 'sponsor a stud' with a donation to Habitat then decorate it, brand it, get creative!  Habitat will then build it into the homes and once the studs are incorporated, you can even stop by the build to help out and search out your sponsored stud.  Your donation has a lasting effect for low-income families in your community.  Contact Habitat or 705-446-9542 to get involved or for more information.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

The 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is about neighbours helping neighbours. People will have an opportunity to get involved in their local community to help more families have a safe, affordable and decent place to live in. Visit habitat.ca/cwp to learn more about the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project across Canada.


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