By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - It takes a generous community â and a lot of tools, time, and teamwork â to build a family, down on their luck, a new home.
A Habitat for Humanity home under construction.
Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley will hold its first fundraising 'drop-off' event on Saturday, May 24, in the Home Depot parking lot on Brookdale Avenue between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This year's 11th 'home build' in SDG will help the Mondoux family secure their own safe, decent, and affordable place to live.
All 10 previous partner families including 25 children who were given a fresh start by Habitat would agree: home is where the heart is â and there's no place like it.
Area businesses and residents are encouraged to drop off new and gently used household and building supply items such as appliances, windows, cupboards, and furniture.
These items will then be sold to the public at the ReStore in Bonville.
Other items accepted during the event include old electronics, televisions, cell phones, computers and single-use batteries, which will raise funds through environmentally safe recycling.
âHabitat is a community and environmentally driven organization. The funds we raise here are used to help local families in need,â said Charles Leclair, special events coordinator. âDrop events are a great resource when spring cleaning, unwanted items can be donated and kept out of local landfills while raising the necessary funds to benefit local families.â
Leclair added they will also be accepting financial donations to help off-set costs.
For any donation during the event, Habitat will ask the public to sign a 2X4 that will be used in the 2014 Home Build.
There will also be a framed 'mini home' on site whereby the public can climb inside and take a family photo, for a donation.
For a complete list of items accepted and event details, visit Habitat's Facebook page (Habitat for Humanity ReStore Seaway Valley).
Founded in 1998, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley is a nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
Their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
By building homes at low cost, requiring no down payment, and not charging interest on the mortgage, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide an opportunity, or a 'hand up,' to buy a home for families that would not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage.
The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into a fund that is used to build more homes. The more homes that exist, the more cash flow there is for future home builds. This 'revolving fund' fuels exponential growth in the number of houses that are built over time.