NORTH DUNDAS — A deserving Dundas County family will benefit from Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley’s next home-building project.
With its 2016 house project in South Glengarry drawing closer to completion, the charitable organization continues to plan for its upcoming 2017 build next summer somewhere in Dundas. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter last organized the construction of single homes in the county in 2010 (Winchester) and 2011 (Williamsburg).
The precise location of the next one will depend on a couple of factors — availability of a serviced lot and the current location of the family ultimately selected for the new home — says Breckyn Fowler, Resource & Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley. The chosen family must have resided in Dundas for the past two years. But the county is a big place, and a family’s current location will be a factor in where the project is finally built. “We do take that into account,” said Fowler, explaining there’s no intent to uproot a family from existing jobs and schools.
Habitat representatives updated the councils of both South Dundas and North Dundas earlier this year because their projects have usually — though not always — involved land provided by a municipal government, according to Fowler. “We’re waiting to see which township has the best option for us.”
Unfortunately, she says, they can’t entertain building on unserviced lots because of extra capital costs to install septic systems and wells. A family of limited means would then have to absorb much higher Hydro costs to keep these systems operating, she points out. “We’re open to anything as long as it’s serviced.”
She said both municipalities are now on the lookout for candidate families, who may also apply directly at the Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley website. A family services committee oversees the “rigorous” selection process. To be eligible for consideration, a family must be willing to put in 500 hours of sweat equity working on the home while it’s built. They must also agree to help promote the organization and its fundraising campaigns.
If all goes to plan, groundbreaking will occur around next April, with a Dundas family moving into their completed home in late September or early October 2017.
But before then, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley is currently planning its new “signature” fundraiser: The 2nd annual Soccer Golf ‘SoGo’ Event, which runs Sept. 10 at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club.
“Corporate teams, families, and individuals are expressing interest again in coming out for this great … event to support Habitat for Humanity while also having fun on a beautiful course,” said Fowler.
Teams of four to five as well as individuals are encouraged to register early for the increasingly popular hybrid game of soccer and golf, also known as FootGolf. Register at the organization’s Bonville building material operation — ReStore — or at habitatseawayvalley.org or by calling the organization directly. Tickets are $5 for participants under 10 years of age and $10 for adults.
“Other fun activities for SoGo include a Fastest Kick Challenge, a Parachute Speed Run Challenge, Soccer Looping and Soccer Lawn Bowling,” she said. “There will be soccer balls on hand, but we are encouraging participants to bring their own. Also be sure to wear running shoes as soccer cleats are not permitted on the course.”
SoGo is great for raising awareness about Habitat for Humanity with both families and potential sponsors, according to the coordinator.
ReStore moving to Cornwall
The organization also intends to raise its profile with the upcoming relocation of the Bonville store to an undisclosed site in Cornwall. Fowler said they’re currently looking at two potential properties. “We’re still in negotiations to finalize,” she said, declining to give an address. A Cornwall venue will offer not only more space for the retail operation but “better visibility for sponsors and donors,” she added.
Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley will be visible, too, at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Happy Face Nursery School, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sat., Aug. 13, at the Lions Club Pavilion in Winchester. (Fowler, who’s also involved with Happy Face, said that free-admission bouncy castles are featured at this year’s anniversary.)
Also, catch Habitat’s display at the upcoming Chesterville Fair, later this month.