Habitat for Humanity NCR

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January/February 2013

Sarah Street Dedication Ceremony Nov2012 






 Homecoming Day: It was standing

 room only at our Dedication Ceremony

 in Carleton Place for the Shaver and

 Mitchell  families on November 28,

 2012 (Photo by Tom Alfoldi). Click here

 to see all the photos from the event.


In this issue
Habitat Heroes: First in a series
Stittsville Students Donate More Than 135,000 Pennies
Upcoming Habitat NCR Events
Calling All Volunteers
Need a Computer?
Bell Canada Volunteers Give Back
EWaste Image     
Recycle Your Electronic Waste
Help turn your old electronics into homes for Habitat NCR by donating them at both of our ReStores. Drop-off times are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All e-waste collected will be recycled in Ontario through the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program by Sims Recycling Solutions. Click here for more information.
cycle salvation 
Recycle Your Used Bicycles
Habitat NCR is a collection point for Cycle Salvation, a Causeway Work Centre located at 473 Bronson Ave., which provides training in bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged. Cycle Salvation diverts bikes destined to scrap and landfill sites by selling refurnished bikes and used parts to the public. 
Donate Your Pennies to Habitat NCR
Help Habitat NCR collect 10 million pennies (or $100,000) to build a home for another deserving family this year! If you are interested in collecting pennies at your workplace, school or in your community, contact Scott at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or e-mail development@habitatncr.com.  
Volunteers King Street Build2   
How You Can Help

For more information, contact Scott MacDonald at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or email development@habitatncr.com.   

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Celebrating 20 Years of Building Homes and Building Hope
Thanks to the dedicated support of our donors, sponsors, tradespeople and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity NCR has been making homeownership a reality for hard-working, low-income families in our region since 1993. Stayed tuned for more details about our 20th anniversary events, contests and profiles of the people who make it possible to build safe, decent and affordable homes right here in our community! 
Habitat Heroes: Johannes Ziebarth
Johannes and family PM Volunteer Award
Habitat NCR Board President Johannes Ziebarth was joined by his partner, Karen Allen, and their two sons when he received the prestigious award. (Photo submitted)


As Habitat of Humanity NCR's longest serving volunteer, Johannes Ziebarth doesn't even hestitate when asked why he's been helping out for the past
20 years.


"For me, it's all about the kids who are impacted by Habitat's mission of building safe, decent and affordable homes," says the father of four. "It's a chance for families to break the cycle of poverty and receive a new start. They've often been through quite an ordeal and if you can see what happens a decade after they've been in a Habitat home, the entire family is transformed and new opportunities just start springing up for them everywhere."


Johannes, who is currently serving as the President of the Habitat NCR Board of Directors, first became involved with the non-profit in 1993 through his company, Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Ltd. (ZEC). He started out by personally wiring every Habitat home in the National Capital Region. Johannes, who is now ZEC's President and CEO, also encouraged his electricians to volunteer their time as the company grew and now as many as 28 electricians help out. They routinely wire an entire house and supply the electrical materials needed. 


Johannes recently accepted the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards on behalf of ZEC in recognition of the company's philanthropic work with Habitat NCR and other local non-profits. Only 17 individuals and organizations from across Canada received this inaugural award in December 2012. Click here to read more.

It Just Makes 'Cents'
Stittsville Cheque Presentation
(Photo by Kristin Harold)

Every penny counts -- just ask the 835 students at Stittsville Public School who collected more than 135,000 pennies, or $1,351, for Habitat NCR in only one month. 


Jenna, a Grade 6 student, presented the cheque to Scott MacDonald, Habitat NCR's Fund Development Manager, on Thursday, December 20 during the school's Seasonal Songs concert.


Scott congratulated the students and told them that they had donated the largest amount of pennies to Habitat NCR than any other group or individual since the campaign began in the spring of 2012. Click here to see more photos from the event on our Facebook page. 

Upcoming Habitat NCR Events: Save the Date!
  • Steel Toes and StilettosVisit our booth (#405) at the Home Renovations Show at the CE Centre: Friday, January 18-Sunday, January 20 (click here to buy your tickets online and save $2)
  • Donate your old electronics at our E-Waste Event at both ReStores with coupons and treats: Saturday, April 13
  • Chipping In for Habitat NCR Annual Golf Tournament:  Monday,  June 3
  • 8th Annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala at the Westin Ottawa: Saturday, October 26
  • Stay tuned for details about exciting international 2013 trips with Bytown Travel, with proceeds going to Habitat NCR
Calling All Volunteers
Volunteers Sarah Street Sept2012
Volunteers at our Sarah Street build this fall. (Photo submitted)

Sign up today for your chance to volunteer on our new build in Orleans. We're also looking for people to volunteer at our ReStores, at trade shows and in our office. You don't need to pick up a hammer to make a difference in the lives of hard-working, low-income families.


Volunteers are the light that make us shine! Click here to fill out our online form. For more information, contact Peggy at 613-749-9950 ext. 229 or send her an email at volunteer@habitatncr.com.   

Does Your Household Need a Computer?

Habitat NCR and Computers for Communities (C4C) have renewed the partnership that began last year. C4C has agreed to donate 10 refurbished computers to Habitat for Humanity families and supporters.

Please note that your household must be without a computer to be eligible to receive one from C4C. The 10 computers committed to Habitat NCR will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.   

C4C is an Ottawa-based non-profit that seeks to bridge the digital divide by providing access to technology for those people that cannot afford it. Since 2008, C4C donated more than 100 computers to Ottawa households.   

Each of the refurbished computers provided by C4C includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse and drive tower, C4C volunteers will deliver the computer to your house and each computer includes one year of free tech support. For more information, please contact Computers for Communities at 613-800-3082 and leave a message with your name and number.  

Bell Canada Volunteers Give Back
Bell Canada Cheque Presentation
(Photo by Scott MacDonald)

Retired Bell Canada employees Claude Elliott, Tom Keyworth and Phil Sheen recently presented Habitat NCR with a donation of $2,500 from the organization's Employee Giving Program. Bell Canada recognizes employees and retirees who volunteer 500 hours in the community by providing a grant to their charity of choice. We're proud to report that Claude, Phil and Tom, seen here with Peggy Winstan, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteered a combined total of 1,246 hours with Habitat NCR in 2012!

About Us
Since 1993, Habitat NCR has built 40 homes, completed seven retrofits and housed more than 50 families in the National Capital Region. A volunteer, non-profit organization, Habitat NCR builds simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them with no-interest mortgages to hard-working, low-income families seeking an affordable home in which to raise their children. People of all faiths and cultures are warmly welcomed.