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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:56

Brooks Habitat for Humanity looking to food for fundraising

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Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Brooks Chapter is all about giving people a chance to own their own homes.

They are trying something new in regards to fundraisimg as a continuation of following what’s important in life — having a shelter and a home and now sustenance.
Using V.I.P. Food Services, Habitat for Humanity in Brooks is giving people the opportunity to fill their freezers with different food — anything from a variety of meat, poultry and seafood to convenience foods and desserts.
Habitat spokesperson Jillian Lidstone says it’s a different initiative for them, but they picked up the fundraiser from another local group.
“The idea came about from the Duchess School. They do the fundraiser ever year. Unfortunately this year they were unable to do it,” explains Lidstone. “We thought it would be a good idea to pursue with the price of meat (escalating) in the stores.”
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta describes itself as “a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.”
Chapters include Brooks, Medicine Hat, Mountain View (Olds) and Foothills (High River, Okotoks).
Brooks' Habitat was organized in 1999 and then merged with Habitat Calgary in 2012 to form the new Southern Alberta Chapter.
Habitat is building towards some new structures for down the road and have to set themselves up for the future.
Lidstone says they do need more volunteers in order to move forward. Brooks is in the process of putting together some events, but they need to discuss with sponsors before they can go public.
She adds in January, they will have a more solid plan and more solidified dates.
“We have land and would like to build come 2017, therefore we would like to get some funds in place to make this a reality,” explains Lidstone. “There is no dollar amount we would like to raise but the more successful we are the better. We are aware the economy is not ideal right now and some people cannot drop a large amount of money.
“Ideally this fundraiser is based on getting our name out there. Some community members are not aware that Habitat for Humanity is in Brooks. We do currently have a vacant home and would like to fill it as soon as possible. As a board we do need more board members such as a construction chair and a family selection chair. If some people would not like to commit this much, we are always open to sub-committees such as we have a fundraising chair and have a committee underneath them.”

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