Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North needs your help

Habitat is building six safe, decent and affordable homes and can use your help.

In recognition of World Habitat Day 2012, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North invites our community to address the need for decent housing around the world, including the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Help to alleviate substandard housing in our communities. Habitat is building six safe, decent and affordable homes and can use your help.

By volunteering to work on the build site or at the ReStore, by fundraising, or by joining one of our many committees, you can effect real and permanent change for local, hard-working families in need. There are many opportunities to help for both skilled and unskilled people.

Call, visit us at the ReStore or at our website to learn how you can make a difference.

“Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is a proud supporter of World Habitat Day,” said Tom Beshr, Director of Development. “Our hope is that this global initiative will help raise more awareness surrounding the affordable housing crisis here on the North Island and the devastating reality that many families are forced to choose between decent shelter and other basic needs.”

Habitat for Humanity’s theme for World Habitat Day 2012, Many Homes, One Community, highlights the vital role that decent, affordable housing plays in community stabilization and development. The focus is on the importance of homeownership in a neighborhood’s progress.

Beginning Oct. 1 and continuing throughout October and November, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations will host hundreds of local events — from builds and flash mobs to parades, contests, housing forums and everything in between — to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter for all.

Habitat for Humanity International will also launch its annual Shelter Report, which will focus on the role of the home in a neighborhood’s progression.

The two-month observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter and the pivotal role of housing in community development will culminate with Habitat’s flagship annual event, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 29th annual Carter Work Project returns to Haiti as part of its two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work there.

The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice, taking action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and engaging partners in solutions.

For more information on World Habitat Day, visit www.habitat.ca and www.unhabitat.org.

— Habitat for Humanity

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