Habitat for Humanity

by TarikA on March 4, 2014 - 12:17am

Core Goals & Values: Habitat for Humanity is an organization whose principal goal is to “eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.” The organization prizes values such as leadership and community in order to foster and help bring out social sustainability within our society.


Major Projects in 2014: At the end of March, Habitat for Humanity Montreal will embark upon a new project – a new build site in St-Henri. Though this is the only build-site scheduled up to this date, more build-sites will be added throughout the year on Habitat for Humanity Montreal’s calendar.


Volunteer Opportunities: There are many different volunteering opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Montreal. Apart from helping out in basic fundraising efforts (i.e. soliciting businesses, collecting donations from school, etc.), there is also the opportunity to work at the ReStore, which is a renovation center that collects new and “gently” used construction materials. At the ReStore, there are various possibilities offered for those willing to help, from finding donors to the store and coordinating store volunteers, to organizing and selling the donated products. Of course, there are also volunteer opportunities for those willing to help out at construction sites, alone or with friends.


Contact Information:

1) Habitat for Humanity Montreal Office

-Email: info@habitatqc.ca

-Tel: (514) 937-7437


History of Habitat for Humanity

Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, founded habitat for Humanity as a non-profit organization in 1976. Muller, who had been a successful businessman during the early years of his adulthood, gave up his life of riches and decided to seek out a more worthwhile path, by putting importance on his faith and marriage. Together, he and his wife moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1973 with their children and began building houses with the same model that Habitat for Humanity uses today: houses built by a community for a community. 


This is a great idea of others helping others in need. More people should pull together to help one another, most of the problems of the world could be mostly eliminated. I remember a Oprah Winfrey show, where she said she gets the most satisfaction out of helping others with her resources. Many of us may not be as fortunate as her with funds, but we all can contribute to help others, whether its through labor, giving a skill that you have to help someone else.

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