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Habitat Drumheller announces new community partnership

Posted by Lisa Hallet on Jun 10, 2016, 9:08:58 AM

Habitat for Humanity Drumheller & District is proud to announce a new partnership with Chinook Financial and St. Anthony’s School in Drumheller.IMG_4268 Through this partnership, Chinook Financial will provide a financial contribution of $15,000 toward the construction of two Habitat homes, in addition to offering financial education classes to the students of St. Anthony’s.

Students at St. Anthony’s will be given the opportunity to give back to their community by participating in the construction of the Habitat homes, working to maximize the community’s collective impact.

“We’re thankful for this opportunity to connect local people with our cause,” said Chris Curtis, Habitat for Humanity Drumheller Chapter Chair. “We work to set the stage for the community to come together and achieve a lasting, tangible outcome for families. We’re grateful for this local support that will help us achieve our goal.”

Chinook Financial is the first sponsor to make a financial contribution to the Habitat homes in Drumheller, and, in addition to their sponsorship, they will also be offering financial literacy training to the students at St. Anthony’s School.

“Partnerships like this are a powerful trifecta of local impact, and we could not be more proud to be collaborating with the team at the Drumheller Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and St. Anthony’s School," said Scot Hadden, President of Chinook Financial, a division of Connect First Credit Union. "Helping people in need access affordable housing in our community, paired with the creation of opportunities for youth trade skills development and financial literacy training is a commitment to Drumheller's future, and a shining example of our organization's mission to make money make a difference."

Along with receiving financial education, St. Anthony’s High School students will have the opportunity to give back to their community through this partnership. Once building begins, students will participate in the construction of the Habitat homes, learning practical skills, while helping local families.

“St. Anthony’s School is delighted to be a partner in the Habitat for Humanity Drumheller project,” said JoAnne Akerboom, principal of St. Anthony’s School in Drumheller. “This will be an amazing opportunity for our students to volunteer alongside professional trades people and develop practical skill sets. Most importantly we are pleased to be part of an initiative that develops citizenship in our students. Learning to contribute to the communities we live in certainly helps make this world a better place to be.”

Habitat for Humanity Drumheller & District has received a donation of land, where they will build one duplex to provide affordable home ownership for two local families. The Chapter will continue to seek financial contributions and support and hopes to officially break ground on this project in 2018.

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