Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Toronto Students Help Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for HumanitySome college and university students from the Greater Toronto Area are spending their spring break breaking new ground for Habitat for Humanity. Fifty students have opted for hard labour over warm suns to fundraise, collaborate, and put their hands to work in an effort to combat poverty housing.

"This event is a high point of our year and showcases the capacity of youth to substantively benefit both the lives of families in need and the vitality of our greater communities," said Enloe Wilson, Faith & Community Relations Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

Since 2009, the Habitat Campus Coalition, matching corporate sponsor Genworth Financial, and U of T student group Eyes of Hope, have collectively fundraised over $80,000 through the Reading Week Build and other initiatives.

The Reading Week Build continues to be a valuable fundraising avenue for Habitat Toronto, while empowering youth with valuable learning experiences, with a fundraising goal of $5,000 for 2013’s campaign.

"Students owe it to themselves to get the Habitat experience that will leave them feeling empowered and confident. Volunteering alongside our classmates and Habitat partner families gives students the opportunity to be leaders in social change in our own community," said Chair of the Habitat Campus Coalition, Sabnam Islam.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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