Mississauga, Ont. – The Nissan Canada Foundation, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, awarded a $60,000 grant to Habitat Vancouver Island North (VIN) used to acquire a brand-new Nissan TITAN full-size pickup truck. The Nissan TITAN will be replacing a 22-year-old vehicle used by Habitat VIN that had over 850,000 kms, and will contribute to the Foundation’s ongoing efforts of building safe and affordable homes for deserving families from Bowser to Port Hardy, B.C.
“We were ecstatic when we received the news that Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North had been selected to receive the vehicle grant as we’ve been applying for the program since 2016,” said Tom Beshr, Habitat VIN’s director of development. “Countless volunteers, staff, and resources are required to build affordable homes for families on Northern Vancouver Island, and the dependability and capability of this new TITAN will certainly help create efficiencies with our home build projects.”
The Nissan Canada Foundation accepted proposals from 50 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada, who were asked to demonstrate their relationship with local Nissan dealerships, and ultimately how a new vehicle would help them better serve deserving families in their community.
Habitat VIN celebrated their TITAN vehicle delivery twice, at two of the dealerships that supported with the application - North Island Nissan and Comox Valley Nissan.
“The Nissan Canada Foundation’s vehicle donation program provides an opportunity for us to further support our Habitat partners across Canada in a meaningful way and provides them with a reliable vehicle to build safe, affordable homes in our dealer communities,” said Steve Milette, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “We’re excited that for the first time ever, the vehicle grant has been awarded to a B.C. recipient and will help Habitat Vancouver Island North serve more families in their community”.
Previous recipients of the vehicle grant include Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga (2016), Ottawa (2017) and Newfoundland (2018).
The Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North foundation was founded in 2004 and brings communities together from Bowser to Port Hardy, B.C. to help build affordable homes for deserving families, and also operates two ReStores in Campbell River and in Courtenay.
Since the inception of the Nissan Canada Foundation’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2008, more than 1,400 Nissan Canada dealership and head office employees have spent over 9,000 hours volunteering, contributing to 50 home builds from Halifax to Vancouver. To date, the Nissan Canada Foundation’s contribution of donations and volunteer hours towards Habitat for Humanity Canada has exceeded $1 million, an important milestone for Nissan Canada. In addition to the vehicle donation for Habitat Vancouver Island North, the Nissan Canada Foundation is also the Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga title home sponsor.
To learn more about Humanity Vancouver Island North, please visit www.habitatnorthisland.com
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
About the Nissan Canada Foundation
Created in 1993, the Foundation aims to deliver on Nissan's corporate vision of enriching people's lives, by improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates. Aligned with Nissan's three chosen areas of focus; the environment, education and humanitarian relief, the Foundation establishes lasting partnerships ensuring its efforts lead to long-term tangible differences in people's lives. This approach has resulted in long-standing support for The Mississauga Food Bank, a local organization, as well as a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, formed in 2008. Equally passionate about Canada's future, the Foundation supports endowments, bursaries and in-kind donations. Today these have an estimated value of over two million dollars. The Foundation has provided financial assistance to these partners over the course of two decades, but it has also provided more than 9,000 hours of donated labour, realizing that the true value of these efforts is in the outcomes they have enabled. An understanding best achieved through personal involvement.
Date Posted: September 5, 2019