More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day.
On Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (VIN) will join more than 2,000 affiliate partners around the world to celebrate World Habitat Day by hosting an Open House at their Courtenay and Campbell River Restores. Visit the stores between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary refreshments, get an update on current building projects, and learn about volunteer opportunities. This event kicks off a month-long ReStore Volunteer Recruitment Drive.
“The construction of safe and affordable Habitat homes is made possible only because hundreds of people volunteer on our construction sites and in our ReStores,” says Habitat’s Campbell River Volunteer Coordinator, Lorraine Holden. “While it is exciting and personally gratifying to put a hammer in your hand to help build a home for a deserving family, it is the day-to-efforts of volunteers in our ReStores that make construction possible. The ReStores are the social enterprise that supports the operation of Habitat for Humanity. Our ReStores sell new and gently used household items, furniture, and building supplies — all of which are donated to us by individuals and local businesses.
“Our latest two Partner Families moved into their new homes in August, so we are between builds … but we still need volunteers now, more than ever,” adds Holden.
“Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is actively searching for land to purchase in Campbell River and has recently purchased a parcel of land in Courtenay that will facilitate the development of a multi-family project over the next three years,” explains Habitat’s Courtenay Volunteer Coordinator, Terri Perrin. “We are entering the most ambitious building period in our affiliate’s history. The pressure is on to raise the money to do so, by ramping up efforts in our ReStores.”
“Volunteers truly are the heart of the ReStores, and while we are ever grateful for our core group of current volunteers, we need more people to assist our team to help sort, clean, price, repair and sell the items so generously donated to us,” concludes Perrin. “We are looking for cashiers, receiving and merchandising assistants, and yard attendants. We also have an active metal recycling program, electronics testing, and a kitchen deconstruction crew where we need more help. There are also times when we need assistance with special events, such as selling raffle tickets or our upcoming dance in Campbell River on November 5. You can learn all about these opportunities and more at the October 3rd Open House event or by contacting Lorraine or I directly. We invite the public to join us at ReStores to learn how they could help and to celebrate World Habitat Day on Monday, October 3.”
People interested in volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity VIN ReStores are welcome to contact the store in their community:
Courtenay ReStore (1755 – 13 Street)
Contact Terri Perrin at 250-334-3777, ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campbell River ReStore (1725B Willow Street)
Contact Lorraine Holden at 250-830-1493, ext 224 or email email@example.com.