Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (HabitatVIN) and Youth 20/20 Can are partnering to engage young people in local volunteerism. On August 20th, they will host a build day on Habitat’s 1330 Lake Trail Road construction site open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 30.

Youth 20/20 Can is a federally funded project focused on engaging emerging leaders of Canada in local volunteer activities and events. Wachiay Friendship Centre is one of six organizations throughout Vancouver Island to be hosting this project. Its intention is to give young people the opportunity to strengthen their employability, skills, and community connections. Participants in the Habitat build day will work alongside like-minded youth building affordable homes for local families.

“Volunteering offers an opportunity to get creative, to learn new skills, and to make connections. It’s a chance to participate in positively shaping your community,” said Alivia Veensta, youth engagement coordinator at Wachiay Friendship Centre. “What can you give that is uniquely yours to give?”

By engaging youth in their mission, Habitat VIN hopes to educate young people about the need for affordable housing, empower them to take action in their communities, and provide them with the opportunity to gain real-life work experiences under the instruction of trained industry professionals.

“Young people are our future leaders and decision makers,” explained Alli Epp, Habitat VIN’s community engagement manager. “It’s important to us to empower them with important life skills, while also educating them about the need for affordable housing and the power of bringing together the community.”

If you are between the ages of 16 and 30 and want to be part of Habitat’s Youth Build Day on August 20th, contact Alivia at youth2020can@wachiay.org. No prior construction  is required, and all safety equipment will be supplied. Volunteers will also be provided with lunch, snacks, and a Habitat t-shirt.

 

About Youth 20/20 Can

Youth 20/20 Can is a federally funded project focused on engaging emerging leaders of Canada in local volunteer activities and events. Wachiay Friendship Centre is one of six organizations throughout Vancouver Island to be hosting this project. Youth 20/20 Can is committed to engaging volunteers between the ages of 15-30 who are eager to become more involved in the Comox Valley community. We provide connections to local agencies, support in planning unique volunteer events and activities, and host training workshops on topics of personal and community development.Visit our website to learn more: www.youth2020can.ca

About Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North

With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent, and affordable homes. Habitat VIN has been building homes on north Vancouver Island since 2004, and has served 26 families. Their two current multi-year construction projects, one in Courtenay and one in Campbell River, will serve a total of 21 families by the end of 2020. Habitat does not give away free homes — the families who partner with us pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with our organization. As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are reinvested into a revolving fund, which we then use to build more homes for more families in the community. Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better future for their family. Visit habitatnorthisland.com to learn more.

 

Cady Corman

Communications and Marketing Manager, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North