The Many Faces of World Habitat Day 2015

Monday, October 5, marked the 30th anniversary of World Habitat Day. Your local Habitat for Humanity celebrated a couple of days early at a grand ReStore event.

A wonderful team of volunteers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Sigma Chi Fraternity helped us prepare the store and surrounding grounds for the huge tent sale and customer appreciation event. On the day of, we welcomed many visitors, supporters, and advocates to the ReStore, and new home applicants!

Across the globe, people, groups, and businesses found ways to join the cause and create awareness. We pulled a few stories and shared them below.

Students from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania hosted a “Paint a Nail” event. For $2, students passing by the flagpole could paint a metal nail and hammer it onto a wooden map of the world. Students chose where they wanted to place the nail based on where they hoped to see change in the world or wherever they thought Habitat should visit next. Read their story here.

Fourteen families in Calgary, Canada moved into their new home on World Habitat Day. The 14-home project broke ground a year and a half ago in March of 2014, and along the way more than 1,700 volunteers have spent 29,000 hours hammering nails, digging foundations and painting walls. Read about this amazing project here.

Consumers Energy like many other businesses, understands the need and made a $20000 contribution to the Habitat for Humanity in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The company has provided $800000 in donations to Habitat since 2001 and more than 350 of its employees have volunteered at Habitat builds throughout this year. Read their story here.

Do a quick search on the Internet and you will find hundreds of stories like the ones above where people are finding their unique way to get involved. The world is full of people and businesses making a commitment and advocating for change.

Together, we can make a difference. Won’t you join us at our next build?