Thursday, October 20, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Cheque Presentation


$1,500 DONATION from the Muskoka Community Foundation

Gravenhurst, ON October 19. 2011:  Ellen Frood, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka and Linda Acton-Riddle, Board President, were honoured to accept a gift of $1,500 from the Muskoka Community Foundation today. Steve Hayhurst and Gord Durnan Muskoka Community Foundation Board members were at the site of the Gravenhurst Habitat homes under construction on Muskoka Beach Road to present the cheque which was made possible through the Lowden Family Fund. 

About the Muskoka Community Foundation….

The Muskoka Community Foundation was formed in 2007 to connect donors to community needs throughout the District. By building endowment funds, they ensure funding stability for the future and create a lasting legacy for donors. Last year, 170 community foundations across Canada granted over $140 million to local priorities.

The Lowden Family Fund was formed last year by long-time seasonal residents, Steve and Linda Lowden, in recognition of their affinity for Muskoka and commitment to endowed giving. This year marks the first distribution from the Fund. A total of $5000 has been granted to five not-for-profits in Muskoka including $1500 to Habitat for Humanity Muskoka.

This gift will be directed toward the purchase of construction supplies for the 2011 Gravenhurst build which is slated to be complete late 2011. “We could not complete our builds without cash gifts of this nature”, said Habitat Board President, Linda Acton-Riddle.

Acton-Riddle reiterated Habitat for Humanity Muskoka’s intention to house two new families this year. “We invite anyone interested in supervising, hands-on learning, teamwork and supporting a great charity to volunteer. Join us as we work to give a hand up, not a hand out to two families through our affordable home ownership program.”

A bright future for home building projects through Habitat for Humanity Muskoka and further north…..
Habitat for Humanity Muskoka has built 10 homes across Muskoka since 2003. The Gravenhurst homes are 11 and 12 and plans are already under way to build two homes in Huntsville in 2012. Next year, the not-for-profit is also planning for the construction of two homes in Parry Sound through an Adopt-A-Home project and partnership with a very dedicated group of volunteers from Parry Sound. 

Giving back to the community is a core value of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka. Through community programs, Habitat brings volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants to help meet the critical needs of low income families. This would not be possible without support from community groups such as the Muskoka Community Foundation and the thoughtful gift direction of endowed fund holders such as the Lowdens. 
Ellen Frood
Habitat for Humanity Muskoka
705-646-0106, ext. 6
Steve Hayhurst
Muskoka Community Foundation

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