Check out the many ways our partner, Habitat for Humanity is working and see where you might be able to help out.
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is a faith-based, charitable organization that is working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. There are numerous ways to become involved with Habitat, whether individually or as a group.
With the help of volunteers from every skill level and background, we build homes for hard working families. You can participate by volunteering your time at one of Habitat’s current build projects or indoors at their Prefab Shop. All sites are open 8:30am to 4:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday (excluding holidays). There are other volunteer opportunities besides construction available – for example, you could volunteer at a ReStore or participate in a special event. To volunteer call 780-451-3416 or visit www.hfh.org
Provide a lunch
Every day on our work sites, volunteers eat lunch together. Lunches are provided by the generous support of churches, businesses and other groups. To provide a lunch, contact Kim Muir 780-720-4065 or visit www.hfh.org.
You can support Habitat by donating at www.hfh.org, or donating gift-in-kind building materials. Please call 780-479-3566 for more information.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are retail outlets that sell new and gently-used building supplies and home improvement items to the public at a discounted rate. When you shop at ReStore or donate items, you help ensure that every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity goes directly to building homes and serving families.
Store locations: 8210 Yellowhead Trail, 6909 – 76 Avenue, 16811 – 106 Avenue. Donating items: 780-477-4057 or www.hfh.org/restore
Spread the word about Habitat
Many of Habitat’s partner families find out about the home ownership program through churches or faith communities. If families in your faith community work full-time, are willing to volunteer 500 hours toward building their home, and would not otherwise be able to afford to purchase a home, they might be eligible for a Habitat for Humanity home! For more information visit www.hfh.org.
Participate in the Habitat Interfaith Works
Each year the Habitat Interfaith Works takes place in the summer months. Representatives from the different faith communities that signed the Interfaith Statement on Homelessness and Affordable Housing join together to volunteer for a day at an Edmonton area Habitat build site to help build homes, work at a ReStore, work at the prefab shop, or provide lunches. Everyone is welcome to join. Help organize a work crew from your community. For more information contact Angela 780-451-3416 ext. 223 or visit www.hfh.org
The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities stepped up to make the 4th Annual Interfaith-Habitat Works a success in 2015. Beginning with the planning meeting at Evangel Pentecostal Church in February, the Vice-Chair of the Muslim Communities brought a sizable group from her community to offer their help. Then at the kick-off event on March 26th the Muslim Community provided a crowd with a magnificent 3 course middle eastern meal. In the months following they organized a contingent of their youth to volunteer as well as sending adults to help with Habitat’s work. Finally as the wrap-up event was being organized for June 25th the Muslims recruited one of the MLAs to speak in support of the Interfaith work. Then to top off their contribution, the Muslims once again jumped in with another magnificent meal for everyone. This was truly generous of them since they were doing this during their month of Ramadan, the time in which they had to fast from sunrise to sunset!