Monday, April 25, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 22.04.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
ReStore Donations Rethink Waste

Maybe it’s naïve to think a donated doorknob could change the world. Perhaps it’s naïve to think such an action will have any effect on the Earth at all. However, within the Habitat for Humanity ReStore family, we operate under a different assumption.

Earth Day in its current form started in the late ‘60s in an effort to create a general education forum on a complicated global issue: environmental sustainability. The date still acts as a lightning rod to spark discussion and promote action. The Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a forum to practice the ideals and objectives set forth year round.

By selling donated and gently used household and construction goods that may have otherwise been destined for a landfill, the ReStores are indeed impacting local waste management and sustainability. Additionally, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers donate end-of-line, scratch-and-dent, discontinued inventory, paint mis-tints and customer returns for resale. All proceeds from sales at Habitat for Humanity ReStores are directed to the local Habitat affiliate to support its building program. That’s the model, reduce, reuse, recycle, reproduce, repackage, retrofit, raise funds, build. And it works. Each year, the over 75 Habitat for Humanity ReStores together divert thousands of tonnes of waste from Canadian landfills.

Earth Day has never been about facts and figures. It surely will not be about self-congratulatory keynote speeches. It’s about driving conversation, ideas, and ideals. It can be about changing perception, about reconfiguring our own defaults. Maybe the next time those doorknobs will not be looked at as a nuisance, a problem, surplus junk – garbage. Hopefully, the owner will think of the ReStore as a place to unload those unwanted doorknobs. The ReStores even do pick-ups.

So while it could be naïve to believe a donated doorknob will change the world, it’s equally important to realize the thoughts, beliefs and context which prompted the donation is the very start of any real change. So today let’s continue to change.
In This Issue:
* ReStore Donations Rethink Waste
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* City of Orillia Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
* Spring Sales at Our ReStores
* Riverside Students Build Harvest Tables for Local Charities
* ReStore at the Midland Spring Home Show
* Sudbury ReStore in Espanola
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build by donating online or joining our Women Build Team. Find out more by contacting usor calling (705) 646-0106 x205.
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
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Happy Earth Day Habitat Gateway North!

While Earth Day may not have a direct link to Habitat for Humanity's mission to break the cycle of poverty, there's no denying Earth Day is an important day of the year.

Earth Day began as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. The first celebration was held in the US after a devastating oil spill, and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is a global celebration with grassroots engagement. It isn't about everyone doing the same thing at the same time. It's about each individual doing something to help their community and the environment.

So what can you do this Earth Day and beyond? You can get involved without attending an official event by trying some of the following activities:
  1. Make sure you recycle.
  2. Use a reusable coffee cup.
  3. Walk to work, cycle or take public transport.
  4. Go paperless.
  5. Take your own tote bag to the grocery store.
  6. Plant a tree.
  7. Plan a meat or dairy free meal at least once a week.
  8. Buy local produce as much as possible.
  9. Carry a reusable water bottle.
  10. Donate items to your local ReStore.
Yes, shameless promotion of the ReStores. Too often, we hear of cottages and homes being renovated with quality materials ending up in landfills. ReStore Salvage Crews help with removal of kitchens and other items so they can be resold in ReStores. Give your local ReStore a call to schedule a salvage crew or pickup. We're here to help.

Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line. ReStores divert items from the landfill with profits helping to build affordable homes for families in your community.

Whether you plant a tree , pick up trash  in your neighbourhood or drop off used goods, you're making a difference and every little bit helps.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Wonder Women

Ginger Barkey
Lori Beecroft
Tanya Blain
Marian Burdsall
Kelly Haywood
Carol MacLellan

Special mention to our first Super ManBrian Ternoway
From the CEO's Desk

Over the next several weeks, our focus will turn to recruitment of construction volunteers. I expect this recruitment drive will be different than what’s been done in the past.

Our move to a standard model housing unit, or pod, as I’ve come to think of it, that can be constructed as a single-family home, in tandem as a semi-detached for two families, or in quadruplicate as a four-unit row house means we’ll be building the same house over and over again.

What’s exciting about this is that everything from wiring to plumbing to drywalling will be identical. This begs for the introduction of task-oriented volunteer crews rather than volunteers we hope prove to be Jacks and Jills of all trades.

Rather than ask volunteers to commit to an entire build, I anticipate we’ll instead ask a specific crew to commit a limited amount of time to wiring, for instance, yet another pod…just like the last one and just like the one before that. Not entirely as an aside: I recently had a conversation with the Our Towns Habitat in North Carolina and was told its wiring crew has now wired over 100 of its homes, at an estimated cost savings of over $300,000.

I’m banking on the possibility that a crew that’s in and out fast, can walk away knowing it’s made a vital contribution, and its members enjoy working together will also be a crew that will consider day-trips out of its home Chapter to perform that same task on another of our pods in a neighbouring Chapter…just like the last one and just like the one before that.

I’ll be working with Randy Blain, our 2016 build lead, and our informal build council over the next couple of weeks to flesh-out many facets of the build season. In the interim, I’d invite anyone interested in working on a crew (wiring, plumbing, siding, drywall, flooring, ductwork, etc.) to drop me an email ( or give me a call 705-646-0106 ext. 6.

Have a great week,

City of Orillia Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

PATRICK BALES | Orillia Packet & Times

Three families in need could soon have homes of their own in Orillia, if a recommendation from council committee is approved.

Council committee has recommended the city sell two properties to Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North for $1 each: 499 Bay St., which the city currently owns, and 75 Victoria St. The city began taking steps to acquire the Victoria Street property through the vesting process Monday night.

Read the full article at

Read the OPINION EDITORIAL by Dave Dawson: New Habitat homes a win-win for city
Spring Sales at our ReStores

Saturday April 16th was our 50% off sale at our Sudbury ReStore. Our customers were thrilled by their finds during the sale and we had a great crew of staff and volunteers to help with any questions. Our Sudbury ReStore had their highest sales day of the year so far! Great work team!

Stay Tuned for More Great Savings:
April 30th - Bracebridge and Huntsville
May 7th - Midland
May 14th - Orillia

Riverside Students Build Harvest Tables for Local Charities

Last week, a group of students from Riverside Public School approached our Huntsville ReStore Manager Justin Pritchard about building a harvest table for a family in need. We love seeing engaged youth in the community and we're excited to see the harvest tables once complete.

DAWN HUDDLESTONE | Huntsville Doppler

For their third annual math and science build project, intermediate students at Riverside Public School took a different approach: why not turn their learning into an opportunity to help families and organizations in need?

Read the full story at
ReStore at the Midland Spring Home Show

Last weekend our Midland ReStore set up a booth full of information and treasures at the 2016 Midland Spring Home Show. The Midland Spring Home Show, held at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, is a fundraiser for the Midland District Shrine Club. Marg Hamelin, Midland ReStore Manager, had a great time setting up and manning our booth. Thanks Marg!
Sudbury ReStore in Espanola

Jon, our Sudbury Driver/Warehouse Associate and I had an opportunity for a road trip to deliver build supplies to the Espanola build site this past week. As Jon and I drove an hour to the build site we were filled with anticipation and excitement. Since we're both relatively new to Habitat and we work in the ReStore, neither of us had been to a build site before. The closer we got to Espanola, the more involved we felt in helping two families purchase beautiful homes.

There was no disappointment when we arrived! Site Supervisor Jeff Lapierre was on hand and gave us a nice warm welcome. Jeff gave us a tour of the house and Jon and I were just thrilled at the fact that what we do at the ReStore level is contributing to our mission. We can't wait for the finished results and the announcement of the families.

Stephanie Long
Sudbury ReStore Manager

Save the Dates

We have several events already scheduled for this year, run by our Chapter Committees and third party groups. So mark your calendars or contact us to get involved!

June 11th - Band on the Run in support of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

June 16th - Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club

June/July - Women Build Bracebridge

July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club

October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
Quote of the Week

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." - Gandhi

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