Canada’s National Volunteer Week, which takes place this year from April 15 to April 21 is a time to celebrate and thank the 12.7 million volunteers across Canada that philanthropically contribute to the nation’s many causes. Habitat for Humanity across the world relies on volunteers to complete the manual labour associated with building homes for families. In Greater Vancouver, we can confidently say that we’ve had volunteers log a total of over 6000 hours throughout the last year alone! At our build site in Richmond, which will soon be the location of 12 new homes for families, we see many volunteers. Corporate Build Days bring out groups of co-workers for full-day builds and in addition, we also have individual volunteers that we’ve come to rely on through their regular commitment of time and energy. Today we feature two of our many dedicated supporters. Both have been working tirelessly to help get the homes built. Committed as if it were a paying job, Matt and Yvette are familiar faces on a weekly basis in Richmond, and symbols of why we’re able to do the work we do.
Next week, we’ll be bringing 2 booths to Vancouver’s 2018 @buildexshows. Stop by on February 14 and 15 to sign up for volunteering, team build days, and to learn more about how you can help your Habitat. AND be sure to visit the Life Tec booth where they will be holding a silent auction for a steel framed 2 bedroom laneway home that could be your new hideaway! All auction proceeds to Habitat Greater Vancouver!
A new year and many of us have new goals and resolutions. What if one of your goals meant that you could be part of having a direct impact on 12 families' lives? If you have construction skills that you would be willing to share, even just for a few hours, we would welcome you to our build site! If you do not but are keen to learn and want to give back to others, you are equally welcome!
Further to a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process, the City of Coquitlam has selected Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver as the successful proponent to build affordable housing at 1358 Coast Meridian Road.
The development of this affordable housing site through a partnership between the City and Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a key action item in the implementation of the City’s Housing Affordability Strategy, which was adopted in December 2015.
As supporters of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, we all share a common vision and purpose. That vision and purpose is to make the world a better place for those families we have collectively chosen to serve in many different ways. In that service, you have dedicated yourselves and you have kept vision and purpose alive through often difficult circumstances. That is amazing, a good reflection of the quality of character you each possess. Donors, volunteers, staff and families alike.
Gordon Food Service is just such a partner in our community. Habitat for Humanity has been fortunate to have their significant financial support Canada-wide for many years. Each year, employees, friends and business partners assist their various business groups raise money through local fundraisers to contribute to the building of homes in communities across the land.
The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Coutts as our CEO effective January 2016. Dennis comes to HFHGV from Regina where he was most recently the Executive Director of Regina Palliative Care. Prior to this Dennis served as the CEO for Habitat for Humanity Regina (HFHR) from 2007 to 2013, building over 60 homes and raising close to $20M in donation. Under his leadership HFHR transformed from an under-performing affiliate to one recognized nationally as a high performing affiliate.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver was thrilled to partner with Miele Canada in the deconstruction of their Yaletown showroom as part of their expansion/renovation plans. In support of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan and their goal to reduce solid waste by 50% of 2008 levels HFHGV has been actively seeking out opportunities to educate and train volunteers and staff on Deconstruction practises. The Miele deconstruction allowed us to focus on one of the cities four highest priority action items under their “Zero Waste” component. “This action focuses on policies to prevent wood and other materials from being sent to the landfill or incinerator through a process that takes apart buildings and salvages materials, rather than a traditional demolition method.”
On Monday July 13th 2015, Richmond City Council approved our new build project on 8180 Ash Street.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is thrilled to announce that we are one step closer to providing 6 new homes for 12 Partner Families. This approval gives us the green light to begin the planning process for our build; this includes securing build permits for the fall.
Habitat Greater Vancouver is very pleased to announce that its Development Variance Permit application was approved on Wednesday, June 24 2015 by the municipality of Richmond. Habitat Greater Vancouver is seeking authorization for its 8180 Ash Street development project to build 6 single family homes with rental suites that will provide 12 hardworking families with homes.
When Randall Forrester, or Randy as he likes to be called, and his family moved into their house in the spring of 2004, he knew he was setting the foundation for his ten year plan. He and his wife had been proactively searching for a house for a long while and were getting ready to move out east to Saskatchewan when they heard about Habitat for Humanity on a CBC show.