In 2013, four of our campuses have volunteered with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Blyth Burlington, Lawrence Park, Whitby and Yorkville all deserve huge congratulations for their in effort to support this incredibly organisation that works tirelessly to provide access to safe and affordable housing for people around the world.
On February 7th, students, teachers, staff and members of the community came together at the Blyth Whitby campus for a lovely evening in support of Habitat for Humanity Durham and Art With a Heart Inc. The Blyth Whitby students had been working with Sheri Gundry of Art With a Heart Inc. to create works of art on reclaimed cupboard doors provided by the local Habitat RESTORE. The art was then auctioned off at the event, and over $1600 was donated to the Habitat For Humanity Centre Town Build in Oshawa.
A couple of months later, on April 22nd, groups of students from the Burlington, Lawrence Park and Yorkville campuses volunteered with local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, both on build sites, and at RESTORE locations.
Students at the Burlington campus spent a day on a build site in Hamilton where they assisted in framing, building shed doors, and general cleanup. They even got to use power tools! The team was incredibly helpful at the build site and everyone was impressed by how kind, compassionate, and professional the students were.
Meanwhile, students at the Yorkville and Lawrence Park campuses worked at two different RESTORE locations. RESTORE acts as a fundraising source for Habitat for Humanity. The stores accept donations of used household materials like doors, window, faucets, chairs, washing machines, sinks etc. which are then sold to offset some of the costs of building houses. Students helped to sell weathered doors, cleanup old lamps and plant flowers.
In addition to volunteering with Habitat, the students also fundraised for the organisation in advance. The four campuses combined raised over $3,500 for Habitat for Humanity. Blyth Whitby and Blyth Burlington in particular deserve a big shout out for their incredible fundraising efforts!
Special thanks to Sheri Gundry, Renu Chattha, Kim Hacker and Ashlee Rideout from Blyth Whitby and teachers Turner Blain, Hollye Irvine and Alec Zigar for coordinating the April 22nd volunteer days at the Burlington, Lawrence Park and Yorkville campuses.