Want to do some good for your community? Habitat for Humanity, a group that builds low-income and affordable housing for people across Canada and around the world, is looking for fresh faces to help guide the organization in the Kootenays.
If you’ve shopped in the Castlegar ReStore you may already know that the store raises funds to make affordable home ownership a reality for low-income Kootenay residents.
But did you know the local Habitat affiliate has already built 23 homes, and is hard at work preparing to build more?
They are now looking for engaged and active community members to join the board and help make that happen.
“Our area covers a broad region of southern British Columbia, from Rock Creek to the Alberta border and from Golden to the U.S. border,” says Neil Coburn of Nelson, who heads the governance committee of Habitat for Humanity Southeast B.C.
That adds up to a land area of approximately 60,000 square kilometres, making it (geographically) the second largest affiliate in Canada. However, with a population of about 150,000 it probably also has one of the lowest population densities in Canada.
The nucleus of the affiliate emerged from several active and successful Habitat initiatives in Grand Forks. In 2014, this affiliate was enlarged and given responsibility for the entire southeast.
“Over the past two years, we have worked hard to develop a strategic plan to build capacity to enable Habitat for Humanity to successfully provide services across its broad service region,” says Coburn. “We currently have board members from the Boundary and West Kootenay.