Saturday 9 March 2013

Inspiring Organizations

My last couple of blogs have been inspiration themed; jewellery worn by celebrities and a site for an artisan that inspires me.  Continuing on that theme, here is an organization that I am impressed with:

Habitat for Humanity operates world wide.  Their mission statement is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Volunteers help in many capacities, from working at one their Restore locations to working at a house build locally, nationally or even internationally.  My husband has worked at many builds in the Toronto area and has been to a build in India.  He went there on a very rare business trip and suggested the company help sponsor the build, happening at the same time.
The best thing about Habitat is that it truly is not a handout.  The folks selected to receive a home must pay a mortgage and must contribute volunteer hours.  Not a handout but a hand up.
My favourite part?  The stores!  The Habitat stores, ReStore, are located in many many communities.  They accept donated items in good condition and also receive brand new items from many stores.  We have donated many things, from basic hardware we didn’t need, light and fan fixtures all the way to bunk beds, night tables and media cabinets that didn’t fit our purposes anymore.  It’s a great way to recycle usable items that might otherwise end up in the landfill.
We have also purchased many items from various ReStore locations.  Here are some of our purchases:

2 Bathroom Light Fixtures
Glass and Chrome Shelf, in the powder room
Floor Lamp and matching table lamps, in the family room
2 Office Chairs for my Studio
Large natural stone slab, plus wood plank
affixed to the slab, for my torching station

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