Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North Society

Organization Mission Statement

Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.

The organization serves the following population

We serve local families by providing an opportunity to secure their future through the purchase of an affordable Habitat home.

The funds donated will be used to

With the help of volunteers and donors, Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families who need them. Since 2004, Habitat VIN has brought the community together to build 39 affordable homes on North Vancouver Island. Because of families who eventually sold their homes back to Habitat after an improved financial situation, we have been able to serve a total of 46 homeowner families. Habitat does not give away free homes — the families who partner with us pay an affordable mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with our organization. As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are reinvested into a revolving fund, which we then use to build more homes for more families in the community. Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better future for their children.


Fast facts

  • Since founding in 2004, Habitat Vancouver Island North has partnered with 43 families.

  • We operate two ReStores, Habitat’s social enterprise, one in Campbell River and one in Courtenay.

  • Despite challenges from the pandemic, we safely served four local families in 2021 two in 2022 and welcome home 1 more in January 2023.

  • In 2021, we were awarded the Not-for-Profit Award at the Comox Valley Chamber Awards and in 2022 we received Kenneth J. Meinert Leadership Award and Family Services Award from Habitat for Humanity Canada.

  • We are close to completing a 12-home project on 1375 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay. We welcomed home 7 families this summer and expect to welcome home 5 more families by the end of the year. 

 

2024 will be a big fundraising year for us!

  • We will be fundraising for the future build project on 461 Hilchey Road in Campbell River, where we plan to build 20 homes.

  • Our most recent fundraiser in Campbell River was a Haunted House at 461 Hilchey Road.

  • 100% of donated funds will be used to support our fundraising efforts in Campbell River

The organizations current sources of funding are

Over half of our program funding is self-generated through our social enterprise - the ReStore. The remaining funding is from corporate and individual donations of goods, services, and cash.

 

Visit their website for more information: habitatnorthisland.com

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.