Williamsburg Habitat for Humanity project breaks ground on April 30

WILLIAMSBURG — Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties is set to finally break ground on the organization’s next home build — in South Dundas.

Local dignitaries will gather April 30 at the 4307 Locke Lane, Williamsburg, where the Pinard family will turn the soil to officially celebrate the start of construction on their new house.

The 2 p.m. kickoff is expected to draw municipal council members from both South and North Dundas for Habitat’s third Dundas County home build  in several years — and its second in Williamsburg.

Homes occupied by the White and Morgan families were respectively completed in 2011 and 2010. The Pinard family home marks the thirteenth project in Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry and the City of Cornwall.

“We are excited to have our Partner Family work alongside our volunteers, donors, sponsors and other community members to build this home. It is inspiring to see a community come together to help a local family in need,” says Leigh Taggart, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties.

The Pinard family has been active in the community over the past year to help raise awareness for the new project as well as complete a portion of their 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ which is in place of a traditional, financial down-payment.  Habitat homes are not given away but are sold to partner families at fair market value with an interest-free mortgage. Affordable home ownership helps to break the cycle of poverty.

A series of  themed ‘Build Days’ will be taking place over the course of the summer to encourage community members to participate in the Home Build and learn more about the impact of Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties.

The Pinard family, with Sarah and Alex and children Owen, Avery and Jonah.

Below, NVN footage of the groundbreaking ceremony.


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