Building Homes...Building Hope

Habitat for Humanity Vermilion is a Project Committee of the Lloydminster Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold with no interest charged.
Our goal is to provide families in need a "hand-up" not a "hand-out".

Monday, April 5, 2010

Vermilion Rallies Behind Habitat

With only a few months left to raise the resources needed to start building a Habitat for Humanity house in Vermilion, local businesses and individuals are supporting the project in creative ways. Paige Jaremco, for example, is holding a garage sale at the Parkview Alliance Church April 17, selling personal tables for $10 and business tables for $20, plus hosting a concession. Anyone can donate items, or sell their own, keeping the proceeds, from a purchased table. There’s space available for large items, too. Paige says, “The focus of the sale is on kids’ items, but people can certainly sell other items, too. Parents won’t want to miss this one!” The proceeds go to Vermilion’s Habitat project.
Another unique idea has come from Trish Rue. She is organizing the Spring Market on April 24 at the Elk’s Hall, and is asking vendors to donate items from their home businesses or crafts for a silent auction table. Again, the proceeds are for the Vermilion Habitat Build.
Some businesses encourage employees to volunteer in the community by matching hours with dollars. ATCO is one such company and Dave Evans converted his 150 hours into a donation to Habitat for Humanity.
Businesses have come up with some other unique ideas, too. For example, Northern Lights Realty is donating $50 from every house they sell. As well, donations have come in from businesses such as Craig’s of Vermilion.
Churches have recognized the Christian calling of helping the needy, and are starting to get involved. One outstanding example is the Parkview Alliance Church’s members, who have donated about $9000.00.
The Habitat committee has sponsored the Christmas and Valentines Cards sales, which brought in just over $300. The committee is approaching larger businesses personally with information packages and ideas on ways to get involved. The willingness of Vermilion’s businesses to help through donated or cost-reduced services has been outstanding, and the plans to coordinate the use of particular services are on-going.
“We are looking at having all our resources in place by the end of May in order to go ahead with the build,” stated Committee Chair, Bryce Ashlin –Mayo. “We have every confidence that as more and more community members and businesses come on-board, our goal of $80,000 to $100,000 in donated money, gifts-in-kind, and services will be reached. The Government of Alberta will partner with Habitat, contributing up to $89,000 in grant money. In essence, this will match the community donations.”
The announcement about the lot location will be made soon, with the lot dedication tentatively planned for April 19. The partner family selection is also in process, and as soon as funding is in place, that announcement, as well as a ground breaking ceremony, will take place. Vermilion’s Habitat committee will have the proposed plans for the house and other information at the Home and Garden Show on April 17 and 18.

More information on Garage Sale: Fri. April 16 – set up 5:00-9:00
Sat. April 17 – sale 9:00 – 2:00
Call Paige Jaremco at 780-741-3714
or paige_jaremco@yahoo.com

To donate and/or volunteer: go to www.habitatvermilion.ca
Sandi Unruh (donations)
Linda Jaceyko (volunteers)
Anna Giesbrecht at Chamber of Commerce Office (at Tourist Information building) to donate or volunteer.
You can also get more information, donate and/or volunteer at the Home and Garden Show April 17 and 18.