Habitat welcomes 15,000th Global Village Volunteer!

TORONTO, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada is proud to welcome its 15,000th Global Village volunteer, 15-year-old Meredith Burnett from Ottawa. Meredith joined her classmates from Woodroffe High School in El Salvador as they constructed a home for a local family.

"It was such a great experience," says Meredith, who valued her on-the-ground time this March. "You're not just donating money to help people, you're actually helping them."

Meredith represents hundreds of youth who take part in Habitat for Humanity Canada's Global Village trips each year. This program allows homeowners to build a solid future that includes strength, stability and self-reliance in their communities.

"A Global Village trip can be a life-changing experience," says Habitat for Humanity Canada's President and CEO Mark Rodgers. "It's an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of development issues, to learn more about another culture and about yourself. We are so thankful for all our volunteers who take part."

Along with this milestone, Habitat for Humanity Canada is celebrating all of the people who help families coast-to-coast and all over the world achieve their goal of affordable homeownership. During National Volunteer Week, volunteers from all over the country will be profiled on Twitter, Facebook and www.habitat.ca.

Global Village

Habitat for Humanity's Global Village program is an international volunteer program that sends Canadians around the globe to work hand-in-hand with families who lack a decent and affordable place to live. Since Habitat for Humanity Canada's first Global Village trip in 2005, over 15,000 volunteers have helped to build 1,125 affordable homes in 47 countries.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Canada

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For further information: Katie Franzios, Senior Manager, Communications, kfranzios@habitat.ca, 416-644-0988; 1-800-667-5137 x302

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