Cobourg, ON – June 19, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity Northumberland is proud to partner with the members of 100+ Women Northumberland to receive the first grant of 2018. Habitat Northumberland was nominated as a charity for the March meeting of 100+ Women Northumberland by member Leslie Logan and successful in receiving the first grant of 2018, $6,050, to help four families in Cobourg achieve the dream of homeownership.
100+ Women Northumberland was established in April 2016 and is a member of the international 100 Who Care Alliance. The goal is to bring together women to leverage small, individual donations into larger, collective grants to invest in Northumberland-based charities.
“The 100 People Who Care movement worldwide is an incredible example of grassroots giving and how a community comes together to support important causes in their own backyard. Since, April 2016, 100+ Women Northumberland has granted over $55,000 to charities nominated by our donors. It’s amazing to see women paying it forward in support of others. I’m so proud to be associated with this generous group of women philanthropists and leaders,” Nicole Beatty, founder, 100 Women Northumberland.
The funding received from 100+ Women Northumberland will be used to purchase some of the materials, supplies and services needed to renovate and build four Habitat homes in Cobourg in 2018. Habitat for Humanity’s program is a based on the “Revolving Fund for Humanity” through which the community builds a house, a local family in need purchases the house, and the mortgage payments are reinvested to build the next house. At the end of the project when the four families take ownership of their homes and start making their monthly mortgage payments, through those monthly mortgage payments the contribution from 100+ Women Northumberland will continue to help local families for years to come. This type of commitment ensures that local families in Northumberland County can build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
“We are so proud to be the recipient of the first 100+ Women Northumberland grant in 2018,” indicated Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Executive Director Meaghan Macdonald. “Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We know that the only way we will achieve that vision is through partnerships with local businesses, government, individuals and community groups. 100+ Women Northumberland is a wonderful way that women in our community can come together and see the impact a large contribution can have for local community organizations. We are so pleased that the members of 100+ Northumberland believe so strongly in supporting families in our community access a safe and decent place to live.”
Habitat Northumberland will also be working with 100+ Women Northumberland to host a “Women Build Week” in the fall as part of the volunteer component of building the four Habitat homes. “Women Build Week” encourages women to empower themselves by helping to build Habitat homes, possibly learn new skills is a supportive environment, and promote the role that women play in building a healthy and vibrant community. “Women Build Week” is not about excluding men; it is about including women.
At the beginning of 2017 Habitat for Humanity Northumberland had helped 50 families achieve the dream of homeownership across our County. At that time the Board of Directors set the ambitious goal of helping an additional 50 families either achieve or maintain affordable homeownership by 2021. As of today, Habitat Northumberland has already served 9 families and is currently working on projects to serve an additional 11 families within the next twelve months. However, achieving this goal is only possible because of the wonderful community partners, like 100+ Women Northumberland, who are committed to ensuring that families can achieve strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Attached Photo: Leslie Logan, 100+ Women Northumberland members, and Meaghan Macdonald, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. Photo credit is Habitat for Humanity Northumberland.