Wilson Delivers $108,000 for Habitat for Humanity
(2007-06-19) With the successful opening of their new large ReStore on March 7th 2007, Habitat for Humanity is now able to stock the shelves for local residents thanks to a $108,000 three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). On Tuesday, MPP Jim Wilson joined OTF representative Alicia Savage to officially congratulate the organization on their efforts.
“Habitat for Humanity will successfully build its fifth home, in five years, this summer in Wasaga Beach, with local volunteer labour, land donated by the Town of Wasaga Beach and money raised mainly from the ReStore” said MPP Jim Wilson. “As the store builds its product line, more money is made and more affordable homes for local residents will be built. Additionally, people who have otherwise been unable to afford repairs and renovations are now able to improve their homes, thanks to the “½ price or less” policy on all goods at the ReStore.This is a fine organization and the grant is an investment in many future years of affordable housing in the region.”
Funds from the grant will be used to hire a truck driver and assistant manager as well as pay for a truck, forklift and generator. The Grant has allowed the ReStore operation to also expand its deconstruction program, where Habitat for Humanity volunteers will strip out a local building before it is demolished. The owner receives a tax receipt for the high quality used products that are then sold in the ReStore.
“We now have the opportunity to acquire truckloads of new building products, donated by Ontario industries that are overstocked or cutting back on their catalogue” said Ralph Sneyd, co-chair of the ReStore operation for Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay. “This translates into great bargains for the people in the area and the profits on these sales all go to the building of affordable homes for local citizens.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government’s charity casino initiative. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.