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On the evening of February 28, 2024, with family by his side, Mark Powell, 64, passed away peacefully at home in Sechelt, BC from cancer. Though he left far too soon for his wife, Joan, family and friends, Mark filled his life with marvellous experiences, purposeful work, meaningful contribution, and great love.

Mark enjoyed a wide-ranging, challenging career in hospitality and real estate development in Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. His success at work afforded him continuous travel opportunities, including the dream of living with his family in another culture, with endless sun and palm trees. As an executive for various companies Mark became known for his commitment to excellence. He was a member of some of the best run companies in Canada during critical moments in their development.

Throughout his life, Mark was devoted to family and community, always operating with integrity and meaningful action. Forward-thinking, he focussed on creating better outcomes for people whenever possible. In 2019, Mark and Joan moved to the Sunshine Coast, where he took on the full-time role of CEO for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast until his cancer diagnosis and treatment began in 2021. Mark continued to provide support to the local Habitat executive until recently.

A celebration of Mark’s wonderful life is being planned for a sunny day in the late spring.

Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
The ReStore will be closed tomorrow, November 11th for Rememberance Day in honour of all those that served.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

Every submission to the #MeaningofHome writing contest will support @HabitatCanada and help families on the Sunshine Coast build strength, stability and independence through affordable housing.

Learn more: meaningofhome.ca

📣 It’s your chance to support affordable housing in the community and win big in Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast’s Online 50/50 Raffle! 🎟️ 📣
 
Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.
 
Grab your tickets now. Thank you for your incredible support!
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast’s Executive Director, Douglas Dunn, attended the Union of BC Municipalities Conference September 20th and 21st at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. At the conference, the six BC Habitat Affiliates worked together to explain the Habitat mission and met with municipal representatives from all over the province.

Were you aware of this new trend in giving? 
 
3 million+ Canadians are now leaving a gift in their Will to charity. These are ordinary people using the power of their Wills to #makeadifference in this world. 
 
“Ethical Wills” have surged in the past few years. Here’s why: 
✅ You can make a major contribution to support affordable housing. 
✅ You don’t use any money you need now. 
✅ You’ll can still support loved ones in the future. 
 
It’s pretty amazing what even 1% of your estate can do. See for yourself using the #WillPower.ca campaign’s legacy calculator.
 
#change #charity #keepthelovegoing
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

📣 Congratulations to Mrs. Stewart, the WINNER of the September Online Raffle! Thank you to all who entered the September 50/50 Raffle. Every 50/50 raffle ticket bought helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. 🎟️ 📣

Interested in entering our next 50/50? Grab your tickets now for the 50/50 Online Raffle. Thank you for your incredible support!

Sprucing up the backyard for fall? 🍁🍂 Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Habitat Sunshine Coast will recognize the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools with a non-operational day to reflect, and to remember and honour the survivors, their families and communities. We invite our staff and all Canadians to observe this day by participating in activities and education related to Truth and Reconciliation.
📣 Last chance to enter our Online September Raffle! 🎟️ 📣 Ticket sales end today, September 29th!

 Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.

Your support helps us build homes in the community, and you could win HALF of the jackpot! Grab your tickets now!💰✨
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
SEEKING TRUCK DRIVER (RECYCLING)
PART-TIME (3-5 hours per week)

Position:
    •Driving a 3-ton truck
    •Loading and unloading refundables with volunteers

Required skills, abilities and experience:
    •Minimum 3 years work experience
    •Valid driver’s license and a clean driving abstract
    •Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    •Communicate effectively with proficiency in spoken and written English
    •Punctual and reliable
    •Flexible to work Monday – Friday
    •Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and perform other manual duties as required

If you are interested or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email at restore@habitatsc.ca or by phone at 604-885-6773.

Congratulations to the winner of our quilt draw, Dianne Stromes! Dianne stopped by the ReStore where Mary McInulty gave Dianne her winning prize!

This beautiful handmade quilt was constructed and donated in the memory of Joan Harvey by the Halfmoon Bay Crazy Quilt Guild who worked tirelessly to create this handmade 86”x176” quilt for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast in support of the Affordable Housing Program.

Thank you to all who purchased tickets at the ReStore. With your incredible support Habitat is able to build a brighter future for families in need.

📣 It’s your chance to support affordable housing in the community and win big in Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast’s September Online 50/50 Raffle! 🎟️ 📣
 
Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.
 
Grab your tickets now. Thank you for your incredible support!
Sprucing up the backyard? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
SEEKING TRUCK DRIVER (RECYCLING)
PART-TIME (3-5 hours per week)

Position:
    •Driving a 3-ton truck
    •Loading and unloading refundables with volunteers

Required skills, abilities and experience:
    •Minimum 3 years work experience
    •Valid driver’s license and a clean driving abstract
    •Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    •Communicate effectively with proficiency in spoken and written English
    •Punctual and reliable
    •Flexible to work Monday – Friday
    •Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and perform other manual duties as required

If you are interested or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email at restore@habitatsc.ca or by phone at 604-885-6773.

📣 It’s your chance to support affordable housing in the community and win big! Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is excited to announce our new Online 50/50 Raffle! 🎟️ 📣

Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.

Grab your tickets now. Thank you for your incredible support!

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
Sprucing up the backyard? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.

📣 Congratulations to Mike K., the WINNER of the August Online Raffle! Thank you to all who entered the August 50/50 Raffle. Every 50/50 raffle ticket bought helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. 🎟️ 📣

Interested in entering our next 50/50? Grab your tickets now for the September 50/50 Online Raffle. Thank you for your incredible support!

September brings with it shorter days and cooler, crisper nights. As we welcome the change in seasons what better way to cozy up than with a beautiful handmade quilt. Constructed and donated in the memory of Joan Harvey, the Halfmoon Bay Crazy Quilt Guild worked tirelessly to create and then graciously donate a stunning, handmade 86”x176” quilt to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast in support of the Affordable Housing Program.

Joan and her husband Dale were long time supporters of Habitat for Humanity with Dale logging many hours helping in all areas most especially the ReStore. The theme of the quilt, houses and homes, reflects Harvey’s belief in Habitat’s mission of safe and secure housing for all. The quilt is being raffled as a fundraiser for the Affordable Housing Program with tickets at $5 available at the mall locations. Alternatively, stop in at the ReStore, purchase a ticket and speak with store manager Luanne to learn what volunteer opportunities exist and how your talents could be gratefully utilized to support this very worthwhile cause. The raffle draw date is September 15th.

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
SEEKING TRUCK DRIVER (RECYCLING)
PART-TIME (3-5 hours per week)

Position:
    •Driving a 3-ton truck
    •Loading and unloading refundables with volunteers

Required skills, abilities and experience:
    •Minimum 3 years work experience
    •Valid driver’s license and a clean driving abstract
    •Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    •Communicate effectively with proficiency in spoken and written English
    •Punctual and reliable
    •Flexible to work Monday – Friday
    •Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and perform other manual duties as required

If you are interested or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email at restore@habitatsc.ca or by phone at 604-885-6773.

📣 It’s your chance to support affordable housing in the community and win big! Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is excited to announce our new Online 50/50 Raffle! 🎟️ 📣

Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.

Grab your tickets now. Thank you for your incredible support!

📣 It’s your chance to support affordable housing in the community and win big! Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is excited to announce our new Online 50/50 Raffle! 🎟️ 📣

Every 50/50 raffle ticket helps working families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through access to affordable housing.

Grab your tickets now. Thank you for your incredible support!

In honour of International Youth Day coming up on August 12th, Habitat Sunshine Coast is celebrating the youth in our community!

At Habitat Sunshine Coast, we believe in the transformational impact of affordable housing. By partnering with local families and community members, we help provide safe, affordable housing, supplying youth with safe spaces to live, learn and grow.

New at the ReStore, Nexgrill Charcoal BBQs ($125 each)! 🔥 Pick up a new summer grill or some seasonings and sauces for your next summer BBQ. 😎☀️ Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

New at the ReStore, Acritec shower base reinforced with a fibreglass backing 🚿 (standard 3 3/8″ centre shower drain).

Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
#DidYouKnow: Through @HabitatCanada’s Global Neighbours program, we empower families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through housing and shelter solutions around the world.

Learn more about how we’re making a difference at habitat.ca/international 

New at the ReStore, Mid Century Modern white pigmented solid oak coffee table, a stunning must see! 👀✨

Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is pleased to contribute annually to the further education of a graduate in the community.
Sprucing up the backyard for summer? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.

As a global leader, #HabitatforHumanity in Canada plays a key role mobilizing and investing funds in Habitat organizations in countries around the world in an effort to serve the 1.6 billion people in need of safe housing.

Learn more about how we’re making a difference at habitat.ca/international

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.

Thank you for nominating the ReStore for a Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award! 🏆 Voting for the retail category is open July 7 to July 20, please head over to  www.scbrc.ca/coastyourvote to #CoastyourVote for us and other local businesses!

We have been nominated for a Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award! 🎉 🏆 Voting for the retail category is open July 7 to July 20, show the love for the ReStore and all your other favourite coastal retail businesses and #CoastyourVote today!
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
New at the ReStore, gas snowblower and new rigid tools in stock. Why not prep for winter in July and be ready for the colder months ahead? Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

This National Indigenous Peoples Day and everyday, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast works to honour and amplify First Nations, Inuit, and Métis voices, cultures and histories. We are taking time today to reflect and learn in order to become stronger allies to Indigenous Peoples across Canada.

Learn about local events in the community and ways you can celebrate Indigenous voices:

#DidYouKnow: 1.6 billion people worldwide still need access to safe and decent housing. At #HabitatforHumanity we are working to change that. Learn more about how we’re making a difference at home and around the world at habitat.ca/international
Sprucing up the backyard for summer? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
This #IndigenousHistoryMonth marks the 8th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing ceremonies, which concluded with the publishing of their 94 Calls to Action.
 
Take the time to educate yourself, and others, on these important calls to action and their findings, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
New at the ReStore, two NEW Pellet BBQs! Just in time for warm summer family BBQ evenings. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.
 
While commemorating Indigenous History Month, it is important to acknowledge and remember all aspects of history, including the children who were forced to attend residential schools.
 
Learn about Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who was one of the many who unfortunately did not make it home: https://youtu.be/v_tcCpKtoU0
 
For information about local events happening in the community this Indigenous History Month visit our website.
 

As we honour #IndigenousHistoryMonth, we want to celebrate Sadie’s incredible journey towards homeownership. Her resilience and determination have led her and her daughters, Raeanne and Janna, to a place they can finally call home—a symbol of strength, cultural pride, and community empowerment.

Volunteering 500 hours alongside her family, Sadie’s dedication shows the strong bond between homeownership, heritage, and community.

Discover their full story: https://habitat.ca/en/stories/sadies-story

This National Indigenous Peoples Day and everyday, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast works to honour and amplify First Nations, Inuit, and Métis voices, cultures and histories. We are taking time today to reflect and learn in order to become stronger allies to Indigenous Peoples across Canada.

Learn about local events in the community and ways you can celebrate Indigenous voices:

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

Sprucing up the backyard for summer? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.

Volunteer with Habitat today! Learn more about volunteering at habitatsc.ca or contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca ♻️
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
Spring cleaning and decluttering your home? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.

If someone were to ask “how do you want to be remembered”, what would your answer be?

Do you want to be remembered for the kind of person you were?

The people you loved? The contribution you made to this world?

We want to inspire you to think about your legacy, and how to keep the good work you’ve already started with Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast going.

Learn how you can support both family and Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast in your Will to leave a legacy you can be proud of: https://www.willpower.ca/charities/habitat-for-humanity-sunshine-coast/

#willpowerca #keepthelovegoing

New at the ReStore, large tools in stock! Large compressor, arc welder, log splitter, lathe, new table saw and more to choose from. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

Notice of 2023 Annual General Meeting

Spring cleaning and decluttering your home? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Volunteer with Habitat today! Learn more about volunteering at habitatsc.ca or contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca ♻️
Spring cleaning and decluttering your home? Why not donate items to the ReStore and pick up some fresh finds to renew your space. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm or call us for more information.
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.
Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast Executive Director Douglas Dunn met with potential volunteers at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Volunteer Fair hosted by the Rotary Club. Thanks to all who stopped by.
 
Interested in volunteering with habitat? Learn more about volunteering at habitatsc.ca or contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca
Habitat is currently seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Volunteer team. As a member of the volunteer team you will not only be actively giving back to your community and meeting like-minded folks, but will also receive some perks!
 
Benefits of Volunteering with Habitat:
 
As a volunteer, once you put in 40 hours, you are considered a Supporting Member of Habitat. As long as you continue to work your volunteer hours monthly, you are entitled to:
  • ReStore discount of 25% on items that have been on the retail floor over 48 hours.
  • Advance notice of sales or ReStore events.
  • VIP invitations to Habitat events such as Key Ceremonies and Special Events.
  • Invitations to participate in Habitat Volunteer recognition and social events.
  • Subscription to our newsletter and other informational pieces.
  • First offer of any promotions or special events invitations.

Visit the ReStore to see our new monitor with a video display. A big thank you to Russ Greaves for his fantastic work creating a wonderful video of the fourplex construction which can now be viewed at the ReStore.

Your cans and bottles build homes! Donating your refundables to Habitat is a simple and effective way to make a difference in your community. Your donation will support Habitat’s mission of helping working families build strength, stability and self-reliance through access to affordable housing. If you are not already donating your refundable cans and bottles to Habitat we encourage you to do so. We have two sites, one at Salish Soils and the second at Gibsons Bottle Depot. Remember that milk cartons are now fully refundable and we would be pleased to receive these as a donation. Thank you for your support.

On Earth Day and every day, Habitat ReStores across the country divert waste from landfills through accepting, repurposing and reselling quality used (and new!) household items and building materials.
 
This Earth Day, help out our planet by donating to the ReStore or visiting one of our recycling sites.

Happy National Volunteer Week! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers! Whether you volunteer at one of our recycling operations, at the ReStore, on the Family Services or Lands Committee or in some other way, the time and expertise you offer to Habitat makes a difference! Our volunteers are the backbone of our success! Without them, our work would not be possible.

Interested in volunteering or have any questions? Contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca

It’s National Volunteer Week! This week, join us in celebrating all the volunteers who make our work
possible. In the Habitat ReStore, at our recycling sites, on build sites and in our office — we are grateful to every volunteer who dedicates their time and effort to supporting us. You are the heart of Habitat Sunshine Coast!

Interested in volunteering or have any questions? Contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek! Volunteers are integral to the work Habitat does across the Sunshine Coast. We share the common goal of making safe and decent housing accessible to all, and together, we are helping local families build strength, stability and independence through affordable housing. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our mission!

Interested in volunteering or have any questions? Contact us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca

Shopping and donating to Habitat ReStore is…

☑ A win for donors. 

☑ A win for shoppers. 

☑ A win for the earth. 

☑ And finally, a win for the families we work with across the country.

It’s your turn to win. Visit your local ReStore and find out how: habitat.ca/ReStoreWins

We’re saddened to hear that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has entered hospice care. President and Mrs. Carter have been Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers, inspiring millions while helping build 4,390 homes across 14 countries.

We offer our thoughts and prayers to President Carter and his family during this difficult time and thank him for his unwavering support of our mission.

Don’t miss your chance to enter the annual Meaning of Home writing contest!

We’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 their meaning of home for the chance to win one of three $30,000 grants for their local Habitat. And that’s not all: for each student’s submission, $10 will be donated to their local Habitat help families build strength, stability and independence!

To enter visit meaningofhome.ca

At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we believe that a home means so much more than a roof over your head. That’s why we’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 to tell us their #MeaningofHome for the chance to win a grant to a Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast build! For every submission, $10 will be donated on that student’s behalf to their local Habitat. To enter visit meaningofhome.ca

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast board chair Dave Taylor, executive director Douglas Dunn and Sechelt Mayor John Henderson welcomed three new families to the Habitat Sunshine Village in Wilson Creek last month at the Habitat welcoming ceremony. 

New homes will be available in 2023, and Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is now accepting applications. For details of the requirements to be considered for Habitat Housing and to view an application form, please visit our website at https://www.habitatsc.ca/howtoapply/

Habitat Welcomes New Families

“On December 3rd, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast celebrated the completion of a brand new fourplex building and the arrival of three new families at the Habitat Sunshine Village in Wilson Creek. This fourplex is the final building in the Habitat Sunshine Village project which includes six duplexes plus the newly completed fourplex.” Read more in the January/February 2023 issue of Home on the Coast.

Tax season is a good time of year to think about your finances, and how you can “give smarter”.

One of the best ways to do that is through a charitable gift in your Will. You can make a bigger contribution to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, without using any of the money you need now. And there are tax advantages that could benefit your estate and loved ones.

The national Will Power campaign is hosting a FREE webinar on how to set up your estate to support loved ones and charity, and save on taxes. Choose your preferred time, and attend this 30-minute webinar at your convenience.

Free registration here

#willpowerca #keepthelovegoing

Do you know any students from grades 4 to 6 who love writing AND helping others?

Let them know about the #MeaningofHome for the chance to change a family’s life. The winner of each grade will win a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat, among other prizes! Learn more about the writing contest: meaningofhome.cameaningofhome.ca

ReStore Holiday Hours

The Key of Possibility

Like an Orchestra we can create beautiful memories when we come together.

When you shop or donate at a ReStore you are supporting our mission to bring safe and affordable homes to families across Canada.

Our Keys Change Lives

Shelby’s Habitat for Humanity home may be new… but she has been playing music since she was a child. 

Entering is easy! If you know any students in grades 4 to 6 interested in the #MeaningofHome writing contest in support of @HabitatCanada, all they need is a pencil and paper (or a computer!) and to share what home means to them. With their entry, $10 will be donated to a local Habitat. Sign up today: meaningofhome.ca

Habitat for Humanity welcomes three families to the
Sunshine Coast Village

The Key of Possibility

Habitat for Humanity ReStores across Canada make it possible for families to live in safe and affordable homes, and so much more! Providing a future that hits the high notes starts with coming together. Watch the video!

Happy International Volunteer Day! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers! Whether you volunteer at one of our recycling operations, at the ReStore, on the Family Services or Lands Committee or in some other way, the time and expertise you offer to Habitat makes a difference! Our volunteers are the backbone of our success! Without them, our work would not be possible.

Our Keys Change Lives

Our Keys Change Lives. Music to our ears this holiday! Join us this holiday season as we celebrate bringing joy to families across Canada. Watch the video!

Giving Tuesday 2022

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, both locally and globally. This Giving Tuesday, donate to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast and help local families build brighter futures.

Habitat Canada Affordable Housing Survey

Habitat for Humanity Canada has released a national survey revealing Canadians’ attitudes towards the affordable housing crisis in Canada and sheds light on the growing barriers to homeownership.

The Affordable Housing in Canada Survey by Habitat for Humanity Canada finds affordable housing is a top concern for Canadians – the third most important issue facing the country today behind inflation and healthcare.

The majority of Canadians believe that more affordable housing could solve the social issues we’re currently facing as a country and that owning a home can create more stability in your life.

  • Most Canadians (87%) agree that owning a home can create more stability in your life.
  • Three-quarters of Canadians (75%) believe that more affordable housing could solve the social issues we’re currently facing as a country.
  • As the cost of living and housing across Canada continues to rapidly increase, Canadians are being priced out of the market and housing options in their own communities.
  • Four-in-five Canadians (78%) are worried about having to spend less on food, savings, transportation costs and/or debt payments to continue to afford their current housing – whether they are homeowners or renters.
  • Three-quarters of Canadians (74%) feel that homes in their area are unaffordable, and half of Canadians (54%) are worried about affording a home in their community.
  • Around two-in-five Canadians (37%) would likely relocate to a different community to find affordable housing and one-in-ten (11%) say they’d be very likely to do so.

As a leading provider of affordable housing in Canada, Habitat for Humanity is on the frontlines of the housing crisis, advocating for safe, decent, and affordable places to call home for Canadians across the housing continuum.

  • Habitat for Humanity Canada advocates for:
    • Increasing housing supply through more assertive municipal affordable housing policies.
    • Decision making on new housing at the local and provincial levels are driven by the requirements of those who need it, not by those who already have it.
    • Investing in solutions to improve access to affordable housing at all points of the housing continuum.
    • Connecting affordable housing and infrastructure investments to improve access to services and employment that will lead to stronger communities.
    • Increasing opportunities for those living with low income to access affordable homeownership

Every submission to the Meaning of Home writing contest will support Habitat Canada and help families on the Sunshine Coast build strength, stability and independence through affordable housing. Learn more here.

Habitat Seeks a Family for New Fully Accessible Home

“Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer, Stephanie Cadieux, (seen here with Habitat’s John Leech) expressed appreciation to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast for including a fully accessible home in the new fourplex.”

Non-profit struggles to fill vacant accessible family home on the Sunshine Coast

New at the ReStore, Shoprider Sprinter XL4 Deluxe heavy duty scooter. Retails approx. $6319.00 without the window shield and roof cover. ReStore is selling it for $3500.00, all included. Runs perfectly. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

Did you know the #MeaningofHome writing contest is back? Starting in January, we’re once again asking students in grades 4, 5 and 6 what home means to them for the chance to win a $30,000 grant for [local Habitat]! That’s not all — for every submission, $10 will also be donated to a local Habitat. For more details, visit meaningofhome.ca

Is Leaving a Gift in Your Will for You?

We hear it often. Donors want to do more for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast but they don’t feel like they have the power to make that much of a difference.

Our answer?

Consider leaving a gift in your Will.

You can make a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible, that will last well into the future, while still supporting your loved ones. 

Want to see for yourself? Check out the easy-to-use legacy calculator on our Will Power page: https://www.willpower.ca/charities/habitat-for-humanity-sunshine-coast/.

Discover how even 1% of your estate can result in the biggest gift of your lifetime, while still leaving 99% for family and friends.

New at the ReStore, various low voltage path lighting and deck/step lighting (wire and transformers sold separately). Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Habitat Sunshine Coast encourages all Canadians to observe this day by learning about and familiarizing themselves with these important calls to action and the TRC’s findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb
On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Habitat Sunshine Coast will recognize the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools with a non-operational day to reflect, and to remember and honour the survivors, their families and communities. We invite our staff and all Canadians to observe this day by participating in activities and education related to Truth and Reconciliation.

New at the ReStore, Vim disinfecting wipes (30 pack/$2.50 each) and Clorox disinfecting wipes (75 pack/$4.00 each)! Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.

Habitat is Happenin'...Building One Home a Year

“One home a year is a great legacy for Ed and Gwen Hawkins, the founders of Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast. Launched on the Coast in 2005 Habitat has 14 families in seven duplexes, six at the Sunshine Coast Village at Wilson Creek and one more duplex in Sechelt. Four more families will become Habitat families before the end of 2022, bringing the total families to 18. Quite the accomplishment for a very small society in a community with a relatively low population.”

Our Thanks to Shoreline Law

Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award

We have been nominated for a Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award for Favourite Home Appliance/Mattress/Lighting Store! 🎉 🏆 🤩 Voting for the retail category is open July 1 to July 14, show the love for us and all your other favourite coastal retail businesses and #CoastyourVote today at www.scbrc.ca/coastyourvote

What’s a win-win-win-win scenario? Donating and shopping at Habitat ReStore!

It’s a win for our donors and shoppers, a win for the earth, and a win for the families we work with across the country. You must be thinking – how? Let us break it down for you!

Learn more: habitat.ca/ReStoreWins

Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award

Thank-you for nominating our business for a Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award! 🏆 Voting for the retail category is open July 1 to July 14, please head over to  www.scbrc.ca/coastyourvote to #CoastyourVote for us and other local businesses!

Indigenous History Month

This Indigenous History Month marks the 7th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing ceremonies, which concluded with the publishing of their 94 Calls to Action.

Take the time to educate yourself, and others, on these important calls to action and their findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb

Habitat is Hiring

National Indigenous Peoples Day

On Indigenous Peoples Day, Habitat Sunshine Coast is proud to celebrate and honour the Indigenous families we work with, like Tina and Niu. We are pleased to share their family’s journey towards affordable homeownership through the Indigenous Housing Partnership program.

Get to know their story: habitat.ca/stories/home-is-for-the-future

We Want Your Milk Cartons!

Refundable cans and bottles have helped build Habitat homes on the Sunshine Coast for over a decade. The work continues, with a fourplex going up at the Sunshine Coast Village at Wilson Creek.

And now milk, soy and similar cartons – of all sizes – are be­ing accepted at Habitat’s refundables operations in Sechelt and Gibsons. Our only request: that the cartons be clean, and for the Gibsons operation, that you not scrunch the cartons. Sorry, but cream and 50:50 cartons are not refund­able; these can be put in with all your other recycle stuff.

Avalon and other glass milk bottles are cherished as they bring in about $2500 a year to Habitat. After you drop your bottles with Habitat we take them to a local grocery store for a refund. So, when you are gathering your pop and beer cans and wine & alcohol bottles destined for Habitat, remember to include your milk containers. They, too, help build affordable housing.

$80,000 is Habitat’s target for our 2022 refundables oper­ations. Our goal will only be achieved with YOUR HELP, your bottles, cans and cartons. We thank you.

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, why not consider joining the Habitat volunteer team? You can make a difference in your local community!

Have questions or want to volunteer? Email us at volunteer@habitatsc.ca

Firewood Is Available to Habitat Members

Habitat March 2022 Newsletter

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we look beyond the building of a home. To us, the beyond means a world without gender bias. We work with women, locally and globally, to #BreakTheBias, transform their lives and build a foundation for a brighter future for themselves, their children and their families.

It’s the last week to enter the yearly Meaning of Home writing contest – don’t miss your chance!

We’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 their meaning of home for the chance to win one of three $30,000 grants for their local Habitat. And that’s not all: for each student’s submission, $10 will be donated to their local Habitat help families build strength, stability and independence.

To enter visit meaningofhome.ca.

Habitat Refundablers

Habitat Refundablers each generate $3500 a year for Habitat Housing on the Sunshine Coast. We currently have 21 wonderful volunteers and generate $76,000 gross a year that goes toward family housing.

Our Refundablers report that in addition to making a difference in our community they also have FUN doing it! Maybe you would like to offer an hour a week at either our Sechelt or Gibsons locations? If you are interested in learning more & joining our team, call or text John Leech at 604-230-5827

Pictured here, Tim takes satisfaction in completing a shift sorting and counting cans and bottles. THANKS Tim!

New Habitat Homes Available Fall 2022

At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we believe that a home means so much more than a roof over your head. That’s why we’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 their meaning of home for the chance to win a donation to a Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast build! For every submission, $10 will be donated on that student’s behalf to their local Habitat. To enter visit meaningofhome.ca.

Volunteers with Fundraising Experience Needed

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast has launched construction of a new fourplex at the Sunshine Coast Village at Wilson Creek. This means safe, stable, reliable housing for four families on the Coast! We are super eager to get going on the project AND we are looking to the future.
 
In early to mid 2022 we will get to work on outfitting the four homes with fridges, stoves etc. Our plan is to approach our community for assistance. At the same time we wish to develop a longer term fundraising and legacy gift program. In all of this we could use some assistance. If you have a background in fundraising and are interested in lending a bit of a hand with this initiative we’d like to hear from you. We promise the commitment will fit your availability and will not be onerous. Please send an email to Board Vice Chair, John Leech, at johnleech296@gmail.com or call or text 604.230.5827

Habitat Welcomes Your Cans & Bottles

Hey New Years revelers, how about donating your cans and bottles to help us build homes on the Sunshine Coast. By donating to Habitat YOU help US build homes, and in this small way help our community address the housing crisis. Habitat is now building a fourplex at the Sunshine Coast Village at Wilson Creek. This will be our last building on this site, allowing four more families to enter into home ownership.

You can help by depositing your cans and bottles at either the Habitat drop spot at the Gibsons Bottle Depot at 1035 Venture Way (not the main recycle place) or at Salish Soils in Sechelt.

Doug is hard at it sorting cans and bottles. Christa & Bryan survey their handiwork.

We thank all in our community who regularly drop your cans and bottles for Habitat. It is appreciated.

We could use a couple more volunteers at both locations. If this is something you might consider please contact our Board Vice Chair, John Leech, at 604.230.5827.
At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, both locally and globally. This Giving Tuesday donate to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast and help local families build brighter futures.

National Housing Day 2021

On #NationalHousingDay, we’re going #BeyondtheBuild to change the trajectory of Canada’s housing crisis, and we want you to join us. Together, we can drive substantive change by working with all levels of government and partners across the housing system, prioritizing real solutions that are effective now, and over the long-term.
 
Show your support by pledging to go Beyond the Build with us: www.habitat.ca/go-beyond

Habitat Update in November-December 2021 issue of
Home on the Coast

5 year old helps Habitat sort cans and bottles. 94 year old retired earlier this year. Yup, there is no age restriction on volunteering for Habitat. Shae (5 years) and her Mom Tara (centre in photo) and friend Katie were on site in Gibsons recently, donating their time in an effort to raise funds for the new fourplex building planned for The Village at Wilson Creek. Earlier this year Murray Drope at age 94 ‘retired’ from volunteering due to a health issue. We are so grateful for all of his help, but are in need of some new volunteers.

We are looking for a couple more volunteers to offer 1 to 2 hours a week sorting and counting cans and bottles. We are located at the Gibsons Bottle Depot, 1035 Venture Way. To get more info on volunteering please call or text John Leech (Board Vice Chair) at 604-230-5827.

P.S. Please take a moment to drop off your refundable cans and bottles. By doing so you will be supporting Habitat in its efforts to help four more families in the community. We thank you!

Habitat Gets Wagon from B&K Garden & Landscape Supply

Thanks to B&K for loaning Habitat Gibsons Recycling a wagon to transfer cans and bottles from the front drop area to the back at Gibsons Bottle Depot. The use of the wagon means fewer trips moving product from the front to the back area where Habitat volunteers sort and count cans and bottles. We appreciate this community support.

We invite the Gibsons and area community to drop your cans and bottles at 1035 Venture Way. ALL FUNDS from the cans and bottles goes to building homes. Habitat will soon announce the start of construction of the final homes at The Village at Wilson Creek.

Seeking Sechelt Recycling Volunteers!

Seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Sechelt Refundables team!

Volunteer position description:
– Short shifts to be shared between a few volunteers
– Located at Salish Soils – 5646 Schetxwen Rd, Sechelt
– Manage all aspects of refundables handling and related work
– Ensure that work area is safe and highly organized at all times

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please email volunteer@habitatsc.ca.

Habitat ‘Refundablers’ Raise $80k a Year

Did you know that only 42% of Canadians are likely to recycle household furniture like chairs, couches or lamps, compared to items like cans, bottles, cardboard and paper? This World Habitat Day, visit a Habitat ReStore and contribute to diverting more waste from landfills while also supporting affordable housing in your community.

Habitat Volunteers sort on their 24th Anniversary!

Lori LeMay and Tim Hoffman volunteered at Habitat Gibsons Recycling on their 24th wedding anniversary. In this video they are rocking it! What a team. Such dedication! Tim and Lori observed that we could not count on them next year on their 25th!
 
Members of the Sunshine Coast community interested in volunteering at either the Sechelt or Gibsons Recycle operations should email volunteer@habitatsc.ca. Typically a volunteer is asked to commit an hour or two once a week. If you are not able to make a firm commitment to a regular schedule then we can list you as a ‘floater’ and add you to a team at times that work for you.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Habitat Sunshine Coast encourages all Canadians to observe this day by learning about and familiarizing themselves with these important calls to action and the TRC’s findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb 
On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Habitat Sunshine Coast will recognize the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools with a day to reflect, and to remember and honour the survivors, their families and communities. We invite our staff and all Canadians to observe this day by participating in activities and education related to Truth and Reconciliation.

Habitat for Humanity Seeking 6 more Volunteers!

First to express thanks to six locals who came forward to volunteer to help out at Gibsons Recycle Operation. Much appreciated. They will be going to work this coming week. We would like to find another SIX (6) volunteers, and with the added number assure all volunteers that they would have no more than one short 1 – 2 hour shift a week. Please consider and send an email to volunteer@habitatsc.ca to learn more.

Here are a few volunteers gathered at the Gibsons site to help clear the large backlog of cans and bottles, which, thankfully, has now been accomplished. Going forward we will work on the old phrase, ‘many hands make for light work’. Your volunteer contribution will help Habitat raise $100k from our recycling operations at Gibsons and Sechelt.

John Leech

Board Vice Chair
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast

Happy International Youth Day! At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we believe in the transformational impact of affordable housing. By partnering with local families and community members, we help provide safe, affordable housing, supplying youth with safe spaces to live, learn and grow.

While Indigenous History Month is coming to an end, the responsibilities of allyship should be permanent. If you are non-Indigenous, continue to utilize the many valuable resources that exist and honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples every day. Learn more yourself, and start conversations with your family, friends, and community.

This Indigenous History Month marks the 6th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing ceremonies, which concluded with the publishing of their 94 Calls to Action. Take the time to educate yourself, and others, on these important calls to action and their findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. On this day — and every day — we celebrate all Indigenous peoples and communities, including our Indigenous partners across the country. While commemorating this day, it is important to understand what allyship to Indigenous peoples looks like. Anishinaabe-kwe scholar Dr. Lynn Gehl’s Ally Bill of Responsibilities is a helpful resource: https://bit.ly/2SqLNS0

June is Indigenous History Month

June is Indigenous History Month. Habitat for Humanity in Canada is proud to have partnered with 22 Indigenous families in 2020, building a path to safe and affordable housing. But there’s more to be done. Through our Indigenous Housing Partnership, we’re committed to finding housing solutions that are by and for Indigenous communities and fostering equitable partnerships rooted in respect for Indigenous culture.  

We're Turning 30!

We’re celebrating the Big 30 and we’re open for business! Shop or donate to our ReStore, which benefit Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast & address affordable housing in our community. #ReStore30