A message from our CEO
Our builds and community outreach have kept us busy all summer, with no signs of slowing down!

Our construction volunteers have been hard at work on our four Munsee-Delaware builds for Indigenous families. We are at the half-way point, so if you have been thinking of coming out to volunteer on the build site, now is the time to sign-up! We have a number of different volunteer positions we are recruiting for under the Volunteers section of this newsletter, and there’s something for everyone.

All seven ReStores helped give back to their local communities this month by holding a week-long “ReStore our community” donation drive collecting non-perishable food items, pet food, and school supplies to donate to the local charity of their choice! In addition, Habitat Heartland donated over 400 backpacks and boxes of school supplies to the Thames Valley Education Fund school supply donation drive. We’re proud to bring our community together to help local children in need as they prepare to head back to school.

Habitat Heartland's St. Thomas home build is breaking ground in September, and we could not be more excited! One way you can get involved with our St. Thomas build is by participating in a Build Day, either in-person or virtually! We wanted to give you, your friends and your colleagues an option to build with us virtually during the month of October, so keep an eye out for more information on virtual Build Days coming soon! If you are interested please reach out to us - email information is below. Thank you for your continued support, and stay well!
Apply to be a Habitat homeowner!
We are currently accepting homeowner applications for 2 single-family homes on Hiawatha Street in St. Thomas!

Find out more about our homeownership program & take the eligibility quiz to start your application! 

Know someone who may qualify?
Habitat Family in St. Thomas Times Journal
Read about current St. Thomas Habitat homeowner Tina's “9-out-of-10” experience with Habitat Heartland, and learn more about our homeowner program in Eric Bunnell's article for the St. Thomas Times Journal.
Home Together Fund
We established the Home Together Fund to help keep our current builds moving forward, continue our support of direct service community partners, and expand our family outreach.

Thanks to you, and your support of the Home Together Fund, we are empowered to continue our vital work in the community.

Learn how to become a Habitat homeowner on our website.
Begin the application process through our online eligibility quiz.
St. Thomas Build 2020!
We are excited to announce our upcoming Habitat home build in St. Thomas, starting this September!

For this project, we will be constructing two single-family homes on Hiawatha Street. Visit our website to learn how you can get involved, or email us to register your group for an in-person or virtual Build Day!
Munsee-Delaware Nation Build
This year, we have partnered with Munsee-Delaware Nation to build safe and secure homes for 4 Indigenous families on Traditional Munsee-Delaware Territory.

As you can see from these pictures, our construction volunteers and contractors have been making great progress!
To stay up to date with our Munsee Delaware Build and more, follow our Facebook page.
We are safely welcoming groups to our build sites for Build Days, and we will soon offer virtual Build Days! Contact us for more information on our current Build Day procedure and to register your group
Thank you Listowel Salvage volunteers!
We wanted to give a special shoutout to our salvage crew volunteers at the Listowel ReStore! This group is responsible for adding over $7,000 in income for the Listowel ReStore in August through the processing of scrap metal that had been recovered over the past year.

Thank you for being such dedicated volunteers, you're making a difference in our community!
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
ReStore

We are still in great need of volunteers at our St Thomas, and our 3 London ReStores. 

Warehouse Assistant:
This role supports with loading/unloading donations, preparing donated items for sale, organizing the warehouse, and assisting customers to carry donations in/ out of the store. No experience required, must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.

Product Tester:
The role of a Product Tester is to provide assistance to the ReStore by testing and preparing donated merchandise for resale in the ReStore. Qualifications: Some knowledge in at least one or more of the following areas – general handy person, familiarity with construction and household products, small engine repair, or basic electrical/ plumbing knowledge.

Greeter:
The role of Greeter is new to the organization to help with increased safety measures brought on by COVID-19. The role is to greet customers coming into the Pacific Court/ Wonderland ReStore and provide masks if required. In addition, our greeters will be trained to direct customers on product location and to answer any questions that customers may have. No experience required; we will provide training. 

If interested, please contact Volunteer Manager Kendra: Volunteers@habitat4home.ca
(519) 455-6623 ext. 207
Build Site
If you like being outdoors, and want to help build safe and secure homes for 4 Indigenous families, we want you on our team! We have limited shifts open Monday to Friday starting at 8:00am. No experience necessary, but must have access to transportation. Our Munsee-Delaware build location is a 30-minute drive from the centre of London, and is not accessible by bus.
We're installing siding on the homes starting Thursday September 3rd - 18th and need help from individuals who have experience using saws and power tools!

If interested, please contact Volunteer Manager Kendra: Volunteers@habitat4home.ca (519) 455-6623 ext. 207
Build Warehouse Move
A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Pacific Court renovation project last month! Now that the space is clear, we are seeking support on moving the build materials to their new location. We will also be installing shelving and organizing our large IKEA kitchen donation. The project begins at 40 Pacific Court on September 21st, and then will move to our Adelaide ReStore.

If interested, please contact Volunteer Manager Kendra: Volunteers@habitat4home.ca
(519) 455-6623 ext. 207
Donations of safety shoes for volunteers needed!
Give your safety shoes new life by donating them to Habitat Heartland!
We need green triangle CSA approved safety shoes of all sizes (men's 10-13 especially) for our build site and ReStore volunteers. If you have new or used safety shoes that are in good condition, please think of us at Habitat Heartland!

Donations can be made at your local ReStore!
Get Involved with Habitat and start building your future!
Any COVID related volunteering questions? Please contact Volunteer Manager Kendra - volunteers@habitat4home.ca
ReStore In-Store
Whatever your new school year/ work life looks like, we have what you need at the Habitat ReStore!

Get great deals this September on school supplies, office furniture, storage solutions and more.
And as always, pay NO HST on your purchase!

"ReStore our community" donation drive

Thank you to all the ReStore customers who contributed to the "ReStore our community" donation drive! We were able to donate hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items, school supplies, and dog food to local charities in our community.

ReStore Online

You never know what treasures you'll find at the ReStore online! Shopping online is easy - make your order and pick up in-store the same day (order by 2pm for same day pick up)

Check out the Stratford, Adelaide, Pacific Court, and Wonderland online ReStores today!
Thank you for continuing to shop, donate and volunteer
Backpack & School Supply Donation

When our ReStore Warehouse Coordinator Dale heard about the Rock Back to School donation drive on 98.1FM, he new Habitat could help!

We donated 400 backpacks & boxes upon boxes of school supplies to the Thames Valley Education Foundation & United Way Elgin Middlesex "Best First Day" program. They will be distributed to local children in need as they prepare for the school year!

Double your donation to Habitat Heartland with Finch Auto Group!

Finch Auto Group has launched the Finch Match My Donation Community Campaign!

Finch Match My Donation will match personal donations up to $1,000 made to Habitat Heartland from now until December 2020.

Make your donation to Habitat double - submit proof of your personal donation made to Habitat Heartland through Finch Match My Donation's website!
St. Thomas Golf Tournament

On August 27th, St. Thomas Elgin Home Builders Association held their annual golf tournament! STEHBA generously fundraised for us at their event, and collected safety shoe donations after hearing of our need!

Thank you STEHBA & the golfers who donated to Habitat Heartland!
ReStore Customer DIY project!
Look at this amazing ReStore renovation before & after!
ReStore customer Minna renovated her back patio using mainly materials purchased from the ReStore, including the flooring and wall tile.
Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to see more from our ReStore DIY series!

Have your own ReStore DIY? Share it with us!
+You Thought Leadership Series
Habitat International's +You thought leadership series brings together experts from around the world during live streaming events as they inform and educate about significant and pressing issues in housing today. 

Click here or on the embedded video to watch the most recent discussion. You will hear the stories of professional athletes who grew up in Habitat homes.

They discuss the role that their Habitat homes played in their personal and professional success.
Learn how you can get involved in Habitat for Humanity's efforts for safe, secure, affordable housing for everyone.

Build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership for a local family today by supporting our Home Together Fund!
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