May 29, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
With Habitat for Humanity Hamilton’s fundraising efforts well underway in support of their upcoming Waterdown Townhome Build, the Rotary Club of Waterdown has made a commitment of support of $10,000.
The proposed townhome, located on the corner of Highway 5 and Dennis Avenue, has received rezoning to accommodate a three-unit townhome, with site plan approval pending. Habitat Hamilton will break ground on the property once the building permit is issued and when 75% of the total fundraising goal is met. Right now, Habitat Hamilton sits at approximately 65% raised, a combination of monetary gifts, gifts-in-kind as well as pledged pro-bono skilled labour support.
“This is Habitat’s first time building in the Flamborough region and we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible response from the community. Service clubs, such as the Rotary Club of Waterdown, are a true testament to the region’s commitment to community service and philanthropy,” says Sean Ferris, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.
In efforts to reach their target goal before the first frost of 2017, Habitat Hamilton is embarking on two initiatives to expedite their fundraising efforts. Both set to begin this upcoming summer, Habitat Hamilton will be launching a weekly gaming fundraiser, called Catch the Ace, at the Waterdown Legion as well as a Point of Sale campaign, whereby local retailers and restaurants fundraise in support of the cause, requesting small donations from patrons and customers.
“We’re striving to break ground as soon as possible. Service clubs such as the Rotary Club of Waterdown are helping us come closer to that goal. With all three families selected, we’re very eager to have them move into their new homes,” says John Ariens, Board Chair, of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.
“The Rotary Club of Waterdown is very pleased to partner and support Habitat for Humanity Hamilton’s first Townhome build in Flamborough. This type of project is exactly what our club likes to put their weight behind; families in need in our community being supported by a strong partnership of organizations,” says Jeff Kleven, President of the Rotary Club of Waterdown.
Alongside their donation, the Rotary Club of Waterdown will also commit to a day of volunteer support once Habitat Hamilton breaks ground.
Local service clubs, businesses and individuals interested in making a difference are encouraged to connect with Habitat for Humanity Hamilton to learn more about how to get involved.
About Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
Founded in 1991, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is an independent, not-for-profit housing program that works to break the cycle of poverty by building affordable housing and promoting homeownership. Habitat Hamilton has accommodated 22 partner families locally since its incorporation and is one of Habitat Canada’s fastest growing affiliates, with several builds and developments currently underway. Habitat Hamilton’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in order to break the cycle of poverty throughout Hamilton and the surrounding region. For more information, please visit www.habitathamilton.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Sean Ferris, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
Phone: 905-560-6707 ext. 108
About Rotary Club of Waterdown
Founded in 1955, The Rotary Club of Waterdown is 40 plus members strong, made up of local business owners and professionals who all have a common interest – “Service Above Self.” The Waterdown Club has been very active in the Flamborough area since its inception, hosting various community events and fundraisers. The Rotary Club of Waterdown is part of a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/WaterdownRotary/.