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the blueprint October 2009 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOCIETY OF GREATER VANCOUVER PO Box 60577 Vancouver, BC V6H 4B9 Phone: 604.681.5618 Fax: 604.326.0122

BUILD SITE Update We made some excellent progress at the Burnaby Build site on Phase 5 in August. Our dedicated volunteers were able to complete the installation of the 1st floor walls, ceiling joists and floor panels for the second floor. Vapour barriers were finished in the basements which allowed us to have concrete poured in all 5 units. Looking ahead we can expect to install the 2nd floor wall panels which were pre-fabricated in the winter, secure the ceiling joists for the 2nd floor and complete the framing in the basements. If all goes well, we will have roofs on our new homes before the colder weather hits the lower mainland.

DONATE: Please visit our website.

VOLUNTEER: Individuals: email Michelle at volunteer@ Corporate Groups: email Kim at development@

Be sure to join our Facebook Fan Page to stay in touch with the organization, keep up to date on the construction progress and check out latest photos from the build site. Become a fan today and post your own comments, photos or videos from your volunteer experiences.


DRINK COFFEE for the Cause

It’s as easy as sending an email to your friends, family, colleagues and clients. To get started, visit

SHOP: Vancouver ReStore 69 West 69th Avenue (south of SW Marine between Manitoba and Ontario Street) Phone: 604-326-3055

If your office is like most, you probably have pounds of fresh coffee and tea delivered to fuel your colleagues every week. What if you could have premium quality coffee and all natural organic and fair trade teas delivered to your office with no delivery fee? Even better, what if approximately 45 percent of every purchase went directly to building affordable homes for local families in need? Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver has partnered up with Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company to provide you with world-class coffees and loose leaf teas at affordable prices while raising money for our cause. To order, just go to and remember to enter Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver as the affiliated charity of choice at the checkout page.

Burnaby ReStore 2475 Douglas Road (past Willingdon south of Lougheed) Phone: 604-293-1898

SOCIAL MEDIA Update! Check out our latest photos:

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We have been working hard over the past couple of months to find new ways to connect with our valued sponsors, donors, volunteers and ReStore customers. We are excited to be able to provide our supporters with regular updates and interesting tidbits of info. We would love for all of you to contribute to the conversation and help spread the word about what we’re doing locally. Believe it or not, many people know what Habitat for Humanity does worldwide but they have no idea that we have a local build and two ReStores in Greater Vancouver!

ATTENTION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS: Help Habitat for Humanity…and Win a Laptop Do you know children in grades 4, 5 or 6 who want to help a family in need? Now in its third year, Genworth Financial’s hugely successful Meaning of Home writing contest has returned. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to help build affordable homes by writing an essay, poem or composition which tells us what “home” means to them. Not only will the contest winner receive a high performance Dell laptop, they will be able to take part in the ultimate gift — a new Habitat home for a deserving family. Genworth will donate $60,000 towards the building of a new Habitat home in the community of the winner’s choice. Let’s make it Vancouver this year!!! Five runner-up entries will receive a $100 gift card to Chapters/Indigo and Genworth will donate $5,000 to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate of the runner up’s choice.

The contest runs from October 5 – November 13. For more information on the contest, submission details, tools and resources around the contest, please visit

VISIT THE RESTORE DISPLAY at the Home Show: Booth #650 We are pleased to announce that the ReStore will once again be making an appearance at the Vancouver Home and Interior Design show at BC Place Stadium from October 15–18. The ReStore will be sporting a newly designed booth thanks to a great group of students from Kwantlen’s Interior Design program and tremendous support from the Interior Designers Institute of BC. The materials for the booth will be sourced entirely from our ReStores in an effort to showcase the items that we have available for sale and to encourage sustainable design. Visit:

BE THE FIRST to Try an Exclusive New iPhone App Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is partnering with Mobio in the launch of their revolutionary new payment technology that eliminates the need to carry credit cards. It uses secure new bar barcode technology widely used in Japan and Europe. It’s the wave of the future. And you can be one of the first to use it. This app will not be available from iTunes for a few months, but you can obtain a secret password from Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver that will enable you to gain access now and show off to all your friends…isn’t that a favourite pastime of iPhone users? For more information, visit us at the Home Show booth #650 or email us at: with Mobio in the subject line.

Changing your shoes for the day has a bigger effect than you think.

BUILDING TEAMS, Building Community Do you want to see your boss in a hardhat? How about treating your clients to something a little different than a golf tournament? All sponsors of Habitat for Humanity have the opportunity to participate in our popular Corporate Team Build Days in which 12–16 employees or clients can spend a day at our construction site and make a positive, hands-on contribution to the community. The team build day includes a private safety briefing, coffee, snacks, a catered lunch, t-shirts and a team photo. We also provide all of the gear your teams will require including hard hats, steel toed boots, tools, rain gear and painting smocks.

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in a Habitat Build Day. Our team had a great time and it gave us a chance to interact and get to know each other in a new way outside of the office. Many of our team members are already asking about when we can return and lend a hand again.” Nicole Eich, Westminster Savings Credit Union

While we welcome donations of all kinds, sponsorship starts at $5,000. Sponsorship can take the form of a single donation, or employees can use our online tool to collectively fundraise to reach a sponsorship goal. Our popular Corporate Team Build Days fill up quickly, so contact Kim Pettersen, Director of Development & Marketing to find out more about scheduling a build day for your organization: 604-681-5618 x 26.

Westminster Savings Credit Union

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: We’re half-way there! We need to raise $1.2 million to build the five townhomes in Phase 5.

• Become a corporate sponsor or make a donation of money or building materials.

So far we have raised approximately $620,000, but we need your help to raise another $600,000 over the next six months so we can complete the homes for the families to occupy in the spring of 2010. There are many ways you can help:

• Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program — you’ll double your support to Habitat!

• Host a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver

• Become an advocate — share your interest in this important cause with friends and family • Shop and save money at our ReStores • Consider leaving a legacy through a planned gift — a bequest in your will or gift of securities

THANK YOU! to our current Phase 5 Sponsors & Supporters $100,000+

BC Housing


Home Depot Delta Hotels & Resorts


Real Estate Foundation of BC Rio Tinto Alcan


BC Hydro eBay Investors Group


CitiFinancial Commonwealth Insurance Genworth Financial NYK Lines Teekay Corporation Westminster Savings Credit Union


CSA International Fluor Canada Ltd Colliers International Easy Care Restoration Ltd Homelife Benchmark Realty Cloverdale HSBC Canada Lafarge Construction Materials Mainland Sand & Gravel Proquip On-Site Diesel Refueling RBC Foundation Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia RR Donnelley

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