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Women Who Care support Norfolk Habitat project

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The pandemic hasn’t stopped 100 Women Who Care Norfolk from supporting the community.

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This spring, the 168-member group donated $16,800 to Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario Brant-Norfolk.

The donation will cover the cost of Habitat’s current house-building project on Brook Street in Simcoe. The funds will go towards completion of exterior elements of the home including eavestroughs, grading, landscaping, soffits and fascia.

“These homes are not gifted to the new owners,” Lynda Henriksen of Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario Brant-Norfolk said in a media release. “The new owners volunteer hundreds of hours to the home’s completion, pay a mortgage on the home and are responsible for their home’s maintenance and upkeep, just like everyone else.”

The new Habitat homeowners moved into their Simcoe home in April. They contributed 800 hours towards the project.

“While the donations and money enable the homes to be built, the process represents so much more,” said Henriksen. “The volunteers and families are taking great pride in knowing they are contributing to home security for one family, plus many generations to come.”

Habitat for Humanity will move to its next Norfolk project once the current home is fully finished.

Like many organizations, Habitat for Humanity has been hard hit by the pandemic.

It’s major source of income, The ReStore retail outlet, has experienced a major revenue loss. Construction delays, product shortages, price increases and the ability of volunteers and trades people to work during the pandemic are other factors in the construction of new homes.

The May meeting of the 100 Women Who Care Norfolk was the third held by the group via email. Since 2014, the group has handed out more than $430,000 to local 28 charities.

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