Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to raise more funds to serve more families in our communities. We’re always thinking outside the box to ensure that we offer different methods of donating so that anyone who is interested in contributing to our organization can lend a hand. If you’re looking to donate to Habitat but not sure where to get started, check out this handy list of four ways you can get involved.
1. Make a monthly donation
At Habitat, we are proud to guarantee that 100 per cent of monetary donations to our organization go into our homebuilding efforts. Since proceeds from the sale of items in our ReStores contribute to our administrative costs, like keeping the lights on and purchasing office items, you can be confident that your monetary donation goes towards our construction projects.
You can make a one-time donation online through Habitat’s website. We also offer the option to donate online by making a recurring monthly donation. Since we are a nonprofit that is heavily reliant on donations, being able to count on consistent donations makes a big difference for us. It helps to ensure that our homes are completed on time and on a budget, therefore allowing our families to move in on time.
Habitat’s Hope Builders Program allows you to give monthly to contribute to our current builds, including an 18-unit project in Burlington and up to eight units in Mississauga. To sign up to donate online, follow this link to our online donation form. You can choose the amount you choose to donate online or, if you prefer, you can download a form to send your donation with post-dated cheques in the mail. You can also choose to give a personal donation or to give as an organization.
2. Donate to one of our ReStores
In addition to making a monetary donation, you can donate items to one of our ReStores. ReStores are unique social enterprises. As a warehouse outlet, they are able to provide items for 30 to 70 per cent of their initial value. ReStores accept donations of furniture, appliances, home decor items, plumbing supplies, flooring, windows, doors, clothing, kitchen cabinetry and more. A full list of acceptable donation items is available online.
Habitat offers a free furniture pickup program to make it easy for you to donate. This service is available for Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga and Oakville. When you sign up online, our team of professional staff and volunteers will come to your house and remove your furniture items from your driveway, moving room or other location. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for donations valued at over $100. Learn more and arrange your free furniture pickup online today.
In addition, we offer a free kitchen removal program. Similar to our furniture pickup service, when you sign up online to donate your kitchen, our professional team will come to your home and deconstruct your kitchen for free. Our team can also remove your already-disassembled cabinets. Learn more and book your free kitchen salvage online.
When you donate to a Habitat ReStore, you are giving us products to sell to fundraise for our home building projects. Did you know that 20 per cent of ReStore sales go toward covering Habitat’s administrative costs, while the remaining 80 per cent go into our construction projects? Donating to the ReStore, or signing up online for a free furniture pickup or kitchen salvage, is a unique way to give to Habitat while decluttering at the same time!
3. Donate your time, energy and skills by volunteering
At Habitat, we have thousands of volunteers who are truly instrumental in our day-to-day operations. We are truly indebted to the people who choose to spend their time with us and volunteer each and every day. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while learning new skills and bettering yourself in the process. We have a multitude of different volunteer opportunities so that you can choose something best suited to your skillset.
We offer volunteer opportunities on our build sites so that you can learn leadership skills and contribute directly to our onsite construction projects. We also offer creative volunteer opportunities in our ReVive Centre, our exclusive upcycling facility in Mississauga. At ReVive, you can construct, design and decorate items with donated products and materials to create new items to be sold in our ReStores. We also offer opportunities to volunteer in our ReStores and in our offices in a variety of roles.
You have the flexibility to choose a role that reflects the career you want to go into, or the skills that you’ve always dreamed of learning. You can sign up to donate your time by volunteering online in 30 minutes or less! Follow this link to learn more about Habitat’s volunteer opportunities and sign up today.
4. Raise awareness and spread the word about Habitat
We are always looking for advocates to help spread the word about the need for affordable housing in the communities that we serve. You can help Habitat by writing about us online, posting on social media and spreading our message. Even following our social media pages, such as our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, can help to raise awareness and ensure that more people know about our cause.
If you’re looking to get involved with Habitat, make sure you are giving where you live to ensure your donation has a maximum impact on the people you are looking to help. Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin represents Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Orangeville, Halton Hills and Georgetown. Habitat for Humanity GTA serves Brampton, Caledon, Toronto, Scarborough and the region of York. Habitat Durham represents Ajax Oshawa and Uxbridge, and Habitat Hamilton serves the region of Hamilton. To find your closest Habitat ReStore, check out Habitat for Humanity Canada’s ReStore locator.
Make a contribution today!
However you choose to get involved with Habitat, you can be certain that you are making a contribution that will help Habitat. We appreciate every donation, monetary or otherwise. We look forward to working with you to collaborate and work together to make a difference in the lives of local families. To learn more about the work we’re doing in your community, visit our website.
By Sherina Harris
Updated: July 5, 2021