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TD Bank helps fund Habitat for Humanity Project

TD Bank Group Helps Fund New Habitat for Humanity
Build Project with $5000 Grant
Local TD Employees to Pitch-in for a Volunteer Build Day Project
 
Nanaimo, BC –July 29, 2013  - Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island  (HFHMVI) is pleased to announce that the TD Bank Group has provided a $5000 grant for the build of the new 2013 duplex project located at 553/555 Prideaux Street in Nanaimo. The funds will go towards the $93,000 that needs to be raised to make this project a reality for two local families.

 “Grants from companies like TD are a huge boost to our projects and we rely heavily on both corporate and personal donations to give local families a hand up and help change their lives through home ownership,” says Teresa Pring, Executive Director, HFHMVI.
Volunteer building hours are another big aspect of any Habitat for Humanity project and a team from the local TD Bank branches will be coming together in the coming months to swing hammers and help the home be built for a move-in date in the late Fall of 2013.
TD is proud to support projects like the Habitat for Humanity Build in Nanaimo,” said Jamie McIntyre, Senior Market Manager TD Canada Trust. “As an organization, we continue to go the extra mile to help those in need. We care about making communities where we live and work safer, healthier and more prosperous.”
Habitat for Humanity is looking to the community for donations. Gifts can be made on-line at www.habitatmvi.org, in person at the HFHMVI office at #1-4128 Mostar Road or over the phone at 250-758-8078.
 
About the 2013 Build Project
The HFHMVI duplex began construction in April 2013 and 3000 plus volunteer hours will be needed to complete the project. The anticipated completion date is December 2013.
It is the goal of the Build Team that the duplex will be built to the BUILT GREEN® Platinum Standard, which is a third party regulating organization for homes that are environmentally responsible. This will be the second completely green home for Habitat in the Mid-Island. The duplex will use energy efficient framing methods, environmentally friendly building products.
Jessie Magee-Chalmers is the volunteer Build Chair for this project. He is an Instructor of Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program at Vancouver Island University and he brings a wealth of knowledge about the home building industry.
 
About Habitat for Humanity Mid Vancouver Island
 
As of December 2012, HFHMVI has helped 12 families break the cycle of poverty by building and selling them safe and affordable homes with an interest-free mortgage.
HFHMVI is a stand-alone charity that benefits from the knowledge and expertise of 72 other Habitat affiliates in cities across the country under the umbrella of Habitat for Humanity Canada and Habitat for Humanity International. HFHMVI is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, operated by a small staff team and is governed by the Society Act. Its charitable business number is 88187 7781 RR0001.
 
HFHMVI’s successful social enterprise, the ReStore, helps fund the building of Habitat homes and the administration of the charity. The ReStore is the organization’s primary revenue source.  Habitat does not receive gaming or casino funding, nor does it receive United Way funding in Nanaimo. 
 
TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
For more information please contact
Erin O’Reilly
313 Public Relations on behalf of HFHMVI
(250) 713-0489
 
Jeff Meerman
Manager, Corporate Communications
TD Bank Group
604.654.0324 or jeff.meerman@td.com

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