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September 21, 2022 0 Comments
Yes, I’m retiring.  We are moving back to Saskatchewan to be a part of our grandchildren’s early years, a slower lifestyle working in my woodshop, camping and real winters.  Still not sure why on that last one, but time will tell.  When I started with Habitat it was to be short term, 3 months. An […]
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September 21, 2022 0 Comments
I hope that everyone had a great summer and, like me, managed to spend time with loved ones now that travel restrictions have eased. It has been a busy summer for Habitat, our work never stops to give families the opportunity to own their own home.
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August 25, 2022 0 Comments
The tendency to compare your grades to other students can cause unnecessary stress. The pressure from yourself or others to get a higher mark than your peers can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.  
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August 12, 2022 0 Comments
Dannburg Flooring is a locally owned company that has been a part of the Okanagan Valley since 1987. They are a full-service floor and window covering company providing service to retail and commercial clients throughout the region. There are many local retailers like Dannburg who have come to rely on Habitat for Humanity ReStores as […]
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August 12, 2022 0 Comments
Julia Deans, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada visits the Okanagan Julia Deans the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada recently visited us here in the Central Okanagan. It was a long overdue visit to our affiliate office. A delay of more than two years and one global pandemic. Her visit […]
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August 8, 2022 0 Comments
July 28, 2022 0 Comments
Even better, you can keep a “Car-Sick Bag” with you if you’re going to be travelling for a long time by car. Some things to include are trash bags, a diffuser, and medicine.
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July 5, 2022 0 Comments
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Golf Experience Raffle 2022 Winners:  Prize 1: Ticket # 898 Winner Name: H. Miller  Prize 2: Ticket # 250 Winner Name: D. Zielke Prize 3: Ticket # 1822 Winner Name: D. Melenka Prize 4: Ticket # 1474 Winner Name: K. Stewart Prize 5: Ticket # 1072 Winner Name: B. Westwell Prize 6: Ticket # 209 Winner Name: A. Thompson Prize 7: Ticket # 1689 Winner Name: K. Hull […]
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June 2, 2022 0 Comments
Blank spaces: If you have any blank walls that you’re not sure how to decorate, use some floating shelves to accessorize.
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May 6, 2022 0 Comments
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Thanks to our community supporters Prestige Hotels and Resorts, Grizzli Winery, Myra Canyon Bicycle Rentals and Tours inc., and Spearhead Winery, we were able to give away some fabulous door prizes in celebration of National Volunteer Week!   Congratulations to all of our winners:   Chris B. (West Kelowna ReStore): 2-night stay at Prestige Hotels […]
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April 19, 2022 0 Comments
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                 April 19th, 2022  Okanagan, BC-  Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is asking for the community’s support with donations of refundable containers for its bottle drive this Saturday, April 23rd, 2022.   If you can participate, simply drop off your containers from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the West Kelowna ReStore (1793 […]
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April 14, 2022 0 Comments
Congratulations Sheila L for winning $5,008 in our April 4th ReStore 50/50 draw.  Her winning ticket number was 01222. 
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April 13, 2022 0 Comments
Congratulations Gulcin K for winning $4,370 in our March 31st online 50/50 draw.  Her winning ticket number was 03477. 
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April 11, 2022 0 Comments
Full Time ReStore Associate Are you a people person? Do you like to help others and have a passion for changing lives? Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is looking for a full-time ReStore Associate to join their awesome team in Vernon. The successful candidate is committed, compassionate, dedicated and passionate about making a difference in the […]
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April 4, 2022 0 Comments
For Immediate Release                                                                                      Okanagan, BC- Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is teeing up for the return of its 2nd annual Okanagan Golf Experience Raffle! This sweepstake is your opportunity to golf at some of the most desirable locations in the Okanagan, while also giving the life-changing gift of affordable homeownership. Tickets are available at www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/golfexperience and […]
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March 31, 2022 0 Comments
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ReStore Manager Vacancies: 2 Location: West Kelowna, Kelowna Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the ReStore manager is responsible for all aspects of managing the daily profitability of ReStore operations utilizing volunteers and staff.  This position is also a strong advocate for the Habitat for Humanity brand and is responsible to support and promote the […]
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March 8, 2022 0 Comments
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Shrove Tuesday may have already passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate your love for pancakes. Have fun picking out toppings like maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, and nuts.
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March 3, 2022 0 Comments
February 27, 2022 0 Comments
Hang your decorated Easter eggs on a small festive tree.
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February 19, 2022 0 Comments
If you have an outgrown pair of rain boots at home, you can upcycle them by turning them into planters.
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February 5, 2022 0 Comments
Try the outer ring technique when you are grocery shopping. This approach involves shopping in the outer perimeter of stores and avoiding the aisles since that’s usually where the unhealthy food options are located. The outer ring of a store is where the healthy foods are located!
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February 1, 2022 0 Comments
In the winter, since the weather is colder and it gets darker quicker, it is very easy to drowse off. If you’re feeling tired, get up to wash your face with cold water before resuming your studies.
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February 1, 2022 0 Comments
January 27, 2022 0 Comments
Okanagan, BC– Habitat for Humanity Okanagan met its 2021 Jingle Bell Build fundraising goal of $25,000 that will help build safe, affordable housing for local families.    The Jingle Bell Build’s success is a result of the overwhelming support through gingerbread house purchases, event donations, online voting revenue, and the generous sponsorship of RE/MAX Kelowna […]
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January 24, 2022 0 Comments
Installing some floating shelves around your home is a great way to utilize space around corners or other places around your house. The great thing about this is that there are so many different styles and patterns you can use. It can be rectangular, triangular, wooden, and be any colour you wish!
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January 15, 2022 0 Comments
Start a scrapbook to document your 2022. Throughout the year, you can add pictures, concert tickets, and your favourite recipes you tried this year to the scrapbook. Then, by the end of the year, you will have a whole book of memories to look back on.
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January 8, 2022 0 Comments
Support from your loved ones can go a long way. Explain your goals to your family and friends, and they can help you achieve them by showing their support and motivating you along the way.
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January 4, 2022 0 Comments
Congratulations to Cathrine B. who won $3,665 in our December 31st, 2021 ReStore Raffle draw! The winning ticket number was #00399. 
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January 4, 2022 0 Comments
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had an enjoyable festive season. Awesome and grateful is how I would sum up another very successful year for Habitat for Humanity Okanagan!  Thanks to our donors and shoppers the ReStores blasted through their revenue target.  This was primarily due to the first quarter performing much better than expected and […]
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January 1, 2022 0 Comments
This is the perfect time to start a 52-week challenge. Maybe pick a challenge that can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution as well. You can also do a 31-day challenge for January if a 52-week one is a lot of commitment.
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December 28, 2021 0 Comments
It’s an understatement to say that 2021 has been an interesting year. Write future you a letter, grab some photos from this year and some other special items from this year and put them together in a mason jar. Then, store it in a safe space. Don’t get tempted to open it too soon though!
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December 26, 2021 0 Comments
First off, make sure your pillows are already clean before you store them away! Next, you most probably don’t want your pillows to attract dust while sitting in your basement where they will be for a whole year. You can avoid this by storing them in air-tight containers so that you won’t find anything unwanted when you open them up again the following Christmas.
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December 21, 2021 0 Comments
   
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December 18, 2021 0 Comments
Get rid of snow by building snowmen with your family. This is a fun and easy way to not only get rid of snow but to also decorate your front yard!
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December 1, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone! We are jingling with excitement as our 2021 Jingle Bell Build campaign is now in full flow and on course to raise more funds for our Lake Country build.  The main prizes for this event are a Nintendo Switch games console for the individual prize, and a 55” smart TV for the team […]
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November 26, 2021 0 Comments
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                 Novemeber 26, 2021  Okanagan, BC- Show your charitable side with the purchase of a new pilsner hitting the shelves today! Local craft brewery, Copper Brewing Co. has teamed up with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association- Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) to give back and raise funds for safe, affordable housing for families […]
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November 20, 2021 0 Comments
A popular way to reuse old holiday cards is to cut out the pictures and words to make gift tags for the following Christmas.
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November 17, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations to Vicky for winning $1,522.50 in our online 50/50 raffle series!  The winning ticket number was 15478. 
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November 8, 2021 0 Comments
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A big thank you to all the volunteers that came out to help with our recent bottle drive.  With the support of almost 50 volunteers, we raised $5,312 in 4 hours.  The  total collected, including the Vernon bottle drives, in 2021 is $37,344! That’s a lot of bottles and cans that have been sorted and […]
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November 1, 2021 0 Comments
If you are interesed in volunteering for this postion, please apply through our online application and mention ‘Administrative Support Volunteer’ in the comments section.  Volunteer Position: Administrative Support Volunteer – Office Administration Reports to: Resource Development – Volunteer Services office Purpose of Activities: The Administrative Support Volunteer will provide support to affiliate and ReStore staff. […]
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October 23, 2021 0 Comments
When ordering food, add a note that you won’t be needing any plastic cutlery. We all have that kitchen drawer filled with useless plastic knives, forks and spoons that we rarely end up using.
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October 12, 2021 0 Comments
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                 October 12, 2021   Okanagan, BC-  Wondering what to do with your Thanksgiving empties?  Look no further! Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is hosting a bottle drive to raise funds for its current build project of 12 affordable homes in Lake Country. To donate, simply drop off your refundable containers at […]
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October 4, 2021 0 Comments
Welcome to fall!  I’m very pleased to report that our build site has been very active.  Several teams from the local community have been working on the first triplex and we are very grateful for the work they have done to prepare these homes for our families.  Framing is about to commence on the other […]
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September 30, 2021 0 Comments
September 26, 2021 0 Comments
You don’t want to step foot into the ReStore without knowing what exactly you want to get – that’s just a recipe for disaster! Instead, make a list (handmade or electrical) of what you wish to purchase. This way, you’ll be shopping with ease.
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September 18, 2021 0 Comments
Fill a clear glass jar with fairy lights, and there you have it – a beautiful room decoration for any time of the year!
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September 12, 2021 0 Comments
Be positive  Completing homework might not always be the most exciting part of your day but if you take little steps to motivate yourself and be positive, it might just make it easier. 
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September 8, 2021 0 Comments
Come to class with a positive attitude and be respectful to your teachers. Teachers will always have your best interests at heart and help you a lot so it’s important to be kind to them as well. Talk to teachers too – they love talking to their students more than you might initially realize. 
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August 29, 2021 0 Comments
Making a scrapbook is a great way to get in touch with your creative side. It can become addicting once you collect some cute stickers, scrapbooking paper and multitudes of photos to add to your scrapbook. Even when you have Wi-Fi, you’ll find yourself making time to scrapbook! This will be especially great to look back on in a couple of years.
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August 27, 2021 0 Comments
The last few weeks have been very challenging for many people in our communities.  The fires and evacuations have been a stark reminder that mother nature is a powerful force. The importance of a safe place to call home is brought to the forefront even more during these times.  I hope this message finds you […]
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August 23, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations to Patricia for winning $4,852.50 on the obline 50/50 raffle series!  The winning ticket number was 11638. 
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August 22, 2021 0 Comments
Make a couple of friends in every class so that when you need help with homework or if you missed a day’s worth of notes, they will be ready to help you out – and you can do the same for them!
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August 11, 2021 0 Comments
July was a whirlwind of fundraising activity.  We held another successful bottle drive in Vernon and our ReStore locations in Kelowna and West Kelowna.  In the sweltering heat, staff and since then our volunteers have worked hard to sort, count, and pack the many cans and bottles we received.  This event combined raised over $8000, […]
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August 9, 2021 0 Comments
Float the Penticton River Channel and enjoy the sun, water and the company around you! This four-mile ride is a great way to spend a lazy day for both locals and tourists alike. One of the best times to visit the Penticton River Channel is between mid-May and September since these months are home to the warmest days.
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July 17, 2021 0 Comments
 Guided imagery involves simply closing your eyes and imagining yourself in a peaceful place, your “happy place”.  You can picture yourself sitting on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves. Or, you can imagine yourself comfortable in your bed with the feeling of your soft comforter beneath you. Try to think about all the sensory experiences associated with each image you picture in your mind!
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July 14, 2021 0 Comments
Don’t have a reusable cloth face mask? Well, what if I told you that you could make your own with just a t-shirt and scissors?!
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July 7, 2021 0 Comments
The kitchen salvage program has also been very active and is a very popular service that serves the community.  Many cabinets have found new homes and been saved from the land fill! Thank you to everyone that donates, buys, works and volunteers, you make a difference!
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July 3, 2021 0 Comments
Be creative this summer on how you set up your dining table! Don’t be afraid to use bold colours. Use leaves and flowers on the table. Serve drinks in coconut shells, and you can even add a gorgeous centrepiece to your table.
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June 23, 2021 0 Comments
e could still use some extra hands throughout the raffle period! (June 19 to July 28, 2021). The shifts are 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm.
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June 19, 2021 0 Comments
Turn your fan so that it faces an open window to push hot air out. This is just one of the many tricks which may just save you from an undeniably hot summer.
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June 12, 2021 0 Comments
Plant vegetables that produce a high yield like tomatoes, onions and lettuce. These are not only easy to grow but they also give the most yield as well.
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June 2, 2021 0 Comments
Knowing what a difference it will make to their lives and the children’s futures is heart warming and makes everything we do very worthwhile, thank you for your support in helping us to do this.
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May 30, 2021 0 Comments
Framed book art If you’re not big on framing quotes, you can also use old pages as backdrops for collages or paintings.
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May 20, 2021 0 Comments
From a Habitat for Humanity ambassador: Last summer I was fortunate enough to be able to build a tiny cabin in the woods. It is on the land of a Forest School and will act as an Incubator Cabin for various environmental projects. I am writing this because the Habitat for Humanity ReStore became my […]
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May 16, 2021 0 Comments
Want to grow your own fruits and vegetables? Visit those local gardening stores that sell seeds and other garden supplies!
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May 12, 2021 0 Comments
On the build site we now have the first building up and the rough ins for electrical and plumbing are currently being installed.
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May 8, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations Mark for winning the big $10,000 ReStore raffle on March 31st and his ticket number was #09633!
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May 4, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations Dawn Kramer out of Kelowna for winning $5245 on the online 50/50 raffles series!! The winning ticket was #06340. 
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April 30, 2021 0 Comments
Orchard blossoms are filled with eye-popping colours and fruits such as cherries, peaches and plums. Luckily, there are many Kelowna orchards that should be a must-see on your list. Some of these orchards include Kempf Orchards and Arndt Orchards. From cherry blossoms to peach picking, these orchards have it all!
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April 23, 2021 0 Comments
Different organizations allow a chance to learn more about specific topics.  When you volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, for example, you have the chance to learn more about multiple topics such as affordable housing. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of the world around you.
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April 23, 2021 0 Comments
The volunteer spotlight for Volunteer Appreciation Week is Dianne!! Not only does she help out in the office she also been an AMAZING help with our bottles drives!
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April 18, 2021 0 Comments
Mulch is a layer of organic material that is added to the surface of soil. This is a crucial component for a healthy garden since it prevents weeds and can help the health of soil.
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April 11, 2021 0 Comments
Consider upcycling furniture instead of immediately turning to the option of completely throwing it out. This may just land you a beautiful, customized item!
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April 9, 2021 0 Comments
The first quarter of 2021 seems to have flown by! The affiliate office staff have made great headway in a number of key areas:  transition to new accounting software that will provide us with lots more features including the ability to track our build costs in better detail, new donor and volunteer management software has […]
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March 21, 2021 0 Comments
Garden benches can be the perfect way to enjoy a cool Spring day overlooking your lovely garden. These benches can also be styled with throw pillows and painted with colours that match the plants in your garden. You can even upcycle benches which may in some ways be easier than purchasing a new one!
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March 15, 2021 0 Comments
For many people, cleaning can seem like a dreaded task; but you can do simple things to make your time cleaning more enjoyable! Some things you can do include listening to a podcast, music or connecting with a loved one virtually.
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March 14, 2021 0 Comments
If you have bottles that have been lying around collecting dust, why not donate them to Habitat. With every bottle donation, you help empower
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March 7, 2021 0 Comments
Use chairs, stools or mini tables to display greenery that will be ready to meet any guest!
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March 1, 2021 0 Comments
When I was recently interviewed for an article that is being published in the spring edition of Boulevard Okanagan, I was reminded about the many facets of Habitat and how we help people in many ways.
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March 1, 2021 0 Comments
If you’re considering volunteering but need something to push you a little, look no further! Here are some reasons why you should volunteer in your community! 
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February 22, 2021 0 Comments
We have 2 new families partnering with us which makes 6 families in total for Lake Country affordable homeownership. 2 of the families have already finished working on their service hours and in record time.
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February 22, 2021 0 Comments
Invest in the proper tools that are not only well-made but are also comfortable for you to use. You could even get separate tools perfect for kneeling, standing or sitting that suit your gardening style.
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February 18, 2021 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan (HFHO) is currently seeking a Director of Resource Development who has a heart for helping families obtain a safe and decent place to live through Habitat for Humanity’s model of home ownership.
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February 16, 2021 0 Comments
As the weather becomes warm over the next months or so, and winter fades away, many people may be starting to think about gardening!
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February 11, 2021 0 Comments
Have you shopped at the ReStore recently? We would love to hear your feedback on Google regarding your experience.
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February 10, 2021 0 Comments
Over the past year, students all across the globe have been introduced to a new form of learning – online school. For some, this is nothing new, but for others, it can take time to adjust to and become comfortable with. Although there are definitely benefits with online learning, there are also disadvantages. Hopefully, these […]
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February 9, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations Patricia Walker for winning $1052.50 on our online 50/50 series and the winning ticket number was #03649.
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February 9, 2021 0 Comments
One of the highlights in January was the bottle drive held at 2 of our ReStores, the response was amazing and the funds raised far exceeded our expectations, a total of $8282 with a $500 donation from Boucherie Self Store and Bottle Depot, thank you to everyone that participated in this event
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February 8, 2021 0 Comments
National Writing ContestFor Grades 4, 5 And 6 January 4 to February 19, 2021 Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the […]
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February 4, 2021 0 Comments
While many people set New Year's resolutions to have a better year than they did the year before, it is sometimes difficult to stick to these resolutions.
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January 22, 2021 0 Comments
Whether your sweater may have gotten smaller or if the seams have unravelled, upcycling old sweaters is a great way to reuse them in a sustainable manner. Instead of throwing away these pieces of clothing, here are nine great ideas on how to upcycle them which will prove to be of great use. Cup Warmers […]
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January 21, 2021 0 Comments
We are hiring a F/T ReStore associate in Penticton. Working as part of a team, the ReStore Associate performs all general operations and merchandising duties
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January 21, 2021 0 Comments
The Penticton ReStore is hiring a P/T ReStore Associate! Working as part of a team, the ReStore Associate performs all general operations and merchandising duties
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January 14, 2021 0 Comments
Congratulations to Sandra Dey for winning $3450! The winning ticket number for the December 31st draw was #1350.
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January 14, 2021 0 Comments
While it was a challenging year and one in which we had to make some difficult decisions, it was also a good year in many ways too.
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January 12, 2021 0 Comments
We need some help counting and sorting bottles at the West Kelowna ReStore!
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January 7, 2021 0 Comments
Around this time of year, with colder weather and shorter days, people commonly report feeling down. You might be having trouble sleeping, getting irritated easily or you’re feeling an overall lack of energy. People experiencing these types of feelings might notice a change in mood with these following tips: Take a Break from the News […]
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December 30, 2020 0 Comments
Christmas has passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack up all of your seasonal decorations! Making your home cozier can do a lot to improve your mood since most of us will be staying inside for most of these next few months with the drop in temperatures and new pandemic regulations. Hopefully, the […]
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December 25, 2020 0 Comments
The first annual Gingerbread Photo Contest has raised over $15,000! We couldn't have done it without the support of the local community.
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December 21, 2020 0 Comments
The holidays can be joyful and provide us with opportunities to have a break from work or school. But, it’s also a very stressful time for a lot of people. Whether they’re stressed about gift-giving, receiving gifts, this season is almost always hectic. With new regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, places shutting […]
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December 4, 2020 0 Comments
I’m happy to report that with the support from our communities we have broken more sales records with West Kelowna and Penticton ReStores achieving their highest ever revenues in October.
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November 28, 2020 0 Comments
Eat a Healthy Breakfast                                                                                Most of us have been taught since we were children that a […]
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November 21, 2020 0 Comments
We are settling in nicely, but it’s a long process. I’ve still got a storage bin to sort through. One thing about having moved so much, is not unpacking everything completely. Keeping boxes and bins ready for the next move and only unpacking what we need.
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November 17, 2020 0 Comments
Anyone can enter as many times as they want. Each entry must be a valid current sales receipt with a total purchase of $25 or more before taxes from a locally owned Kelowna business. On the back of the receipt or stapled to it must be the contestants name, email address and phone number.
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November 16, 2020 0 Comments
By buying items at ReStore’s, you’re not only helping yourself by finding some pretty cool things but you’re also aiding your surrounding community. ReStore’s ultimate goal is to build strength and self-sufficiency, which helps Habitat for Humanity’s worldwide mission of building homes filled with happiness and hope. You too can show your support by shopping […]
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November 16, 2020 0 Comments
The arrival of Fall may also come with stress but taking a moment to stop, take a breath and relax, can change your entire day. Find balance in your life by doing some fun activities. Self-care is especially important right now and with everything going on, taking that time for yourself can definitely help your […]
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November 13, 2020 0 Comments
Great news art lovers! Our Penticton ReStore has some Alex Fong artwork in store at incredible prices. Take a look at these AMAZING pieces:   Make sure to pop by as the Penticton restore as the retail value of the prints are $150.00 and are on sale at store for $95.00 The original paintings retail […]
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November 2, 2020 0 Comments
Our office is buzzing with activity as we work through everything involved in building 8 new homes and recruiting families, including our fundraising campaign that is well under way
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October 28, 2020 0 Comments
Congratulations to Aubrey winning the ReStore raffle that was drawn October 15th and winning $4050! The winning ticket number was #2710.
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October 27, 2020 0 Comments
We have been very busy in the last few weeks raising awareness for the Lake Country Build as well as the Peachland home we have available.  We have been in Peachland handing out posters to the local businesses for display in their premises.  The Do I Qualify Events have been successful in raising awareness and we […]
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October 26, 2020 0 Comments
20% off everything! It’s been one year since we opened our Vernon ReStore and we are so grateful for the support from the community! As a huge thank you, we are offering 20% off everything October 26th, 2020 through Oct 31st, 2020! Click here to get directions to the Vernon location.
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October 11, 2020 0 Comments
Just recently I went hiking and it made me realize how Autumn is one of the best seasons to trail walk. With the leaves changing colours and only a slight chill in the air, who wouldn’t enjoy spending some time outdoors?!
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October 8, 2020 0 Comments
For the season of pumpkins and plaids, doing something a little extra is definitely necessary to welcome Autumn with beautiful home décor! Here’s how you can decorate your home to perfectly fit this season.
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October 1, 2020 0 Comments
We wanted to give a shout out to Buzz Marketing for taking these unbelievable shots!
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September 30, 2020 0 Comments
Do you have questions regarding if you qualify for a Habitat home? Why not join us for one of our events that are coming up throughout October. West Kelowna ReStore – Oct 17th Lake Country Save-On-Foods – Oct 24th Vernon ReStore – Oct 31st Make sure to check out our Facebook page under events for […]
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September 8, 2020 0 Comments
Local businesses are essential for the economy. They’re operated by our very own neighbors, not strangers. They care about their community and many of them even know their customers by name.
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September 4, 2020 0 Comments
Alison owned and operated a manufacturing and retail business – Millers Fireplaces Ltd, for over 19 Years in her hometown of Hamilton, Scotland.
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September 2, 2020 0 Comments
My first connection with Habitat for Humanity was with the Global Village program, starting in 2007.
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August 13, 2020 0 Comments
Even though Earth day has came and gone, as stewards of our planet we shouldn’t wait for April to start making changes towards sustainable living.
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August 11, 2020 0 Comments
I’m also pleased to announce that our financial performance at the half year point is much better than we expected, considering the store closures in spring.
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August 10, 2020 0 Comments
We all long to be the best versions of ourselves and what better way to start on this journey to self-fulfillment than to incorporate healthy habits into our daily lives.
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July 20, 2020 0 Comments
Congratulations Todd Hunter for wining 50/50 draw for the month of July! His winning ticket number was #1351.
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July 20, 2020 0 Comments
Everyone’s been saying that being unproductive during this time is definitely okay since we all deserve a break, right?
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June 26, 2020 0 Comments
Hello Everyone! Some of you may have seen the news that we have listed 2 Peachland homes for sale.  I wanted to take this opportunity to re-iterate the circumstances behind this tough decision.  The homes became empty at the end of 2019 when the previous families moved out of our program, they have been offered […]
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June 18, 2020 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is excited to be partnered with MisMacK Clean Cosmetics!
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June 3, 2020 0 Comments
We have been exceptionally busy with donations; our community has busy been spring cleaning during the restrictions and we are very grateful.
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May 12, 2020 0 Comments
Congratulations Cheryl Kehler of West Kelowna, picking up her winnings of $2399
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May 11, 2020 0 Comments
Hello and welcome back to those volunteers that have returned to the open ReStores.  For those of you still at home we hope to be seeing you soon!
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April 29, 2020 0 Comments
We are pleased to advise you all that we are starting to prepare for the safe re-opening of our ReStores.  Both Kelowna and West Kelowna ReStores are opening on Tuesday,  May 5th. 
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April 2, 2020 0 Comments
This National Volunteer Week is April 19th to 25th. The theme is: “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers.” We certainly do applaud all our volunteers who give their time to Habitat and ask for nothing in return.
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April 2, 2020 0 Comments
Volunteering and working at Habitat provides an important connection to the community. Staying away can be difficult, especially for those living alone.
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April 2, 2020 0 Comments
Spring is normally the time of year when our ReStores begin to see a flurry of activity as our communities start to donate their unwanted items during spring cleaning
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March 21, 2020 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s first and foremost concern is keeping our staff, volunteers, donors, homeowners, and ReStore customers safe and informed.
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March 20, 2020 0 Comments
March 21st at 5pm, Habitat for Humanity Okanagan will be suspending operations of their ReStores and the Up Project to help combat the spread of Covid-19.
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March 19, 2020 0 Comments
During this time of social distancing many people are wondering what to do while at home. Here are some things you can do that while at home that can be fun and beneficial!
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March 5, 2020 0 Comments
After a trip to Huatulco, Mexico in 2006 I decided that when I retired, I would like to go back and help build homes. A few minute drive to the Habitat Restore was the perfect solution.
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February 3, 2020 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan staff were delighted to receive assistance from Vernon Realtors who came to lend a helping hand at one of the Habitat homes in Vernon. The enthusiastic Realtors worked very hard for hours prepping and painting wall to get the home ready. The previous Habitat family living in the home moved out […]
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January 7, 2020 0 Comments
Happy New Year! We are very pleased to announce that 2020 has got off to a great start with Habitat for Humanity Okanagan receiving a significant grant from BC Housing that will be used towards the build costs of our Lake County project.  We are delighted to receive these funds, it will make a big […]
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January 6, 2020 0 Comments
When you think about making the world a better place, we tend to think about the things we can do in our lifetime. But what about the difference we can make after? Forge Your Life Legacy Help us bring hope to generations of families in housing need. Through your support, you make it possible for […]
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December 2, 2019 0 Comments
I had the opportunity to share my Habitat experience at a recent presentation and it reminded me of my introduction to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan back in 2016 when I was as a volunteer participating in a build day on Habitat homes in Peachland. It was so rewarding that I couldn’t wait to do it […]
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November 26, 2019 0 Comments
Thank you to the West K Women of Influence for raising $12,000 to help Habitat for Humanity Okanagan provide a customized, safe home for Lisa P. and her family. We are so grateful!
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October 31, 2019 0 Comments
  You may have been wondering ‘what has our new CEO been doing since she joined in the summer?’ Well folks this is my opportunity to give you an update on what’s been happening in my world.   I’ll start by saying what a great place it is to work! I have met so many […]
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October 31, 2019 0 Comments
  Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Okanagan and the ReStore is a rich and meaningful experience. It’s a perfect opportunity to connect with others who share similar values and to give back to the community in a way that directly impacts local families. Volunteers are the life of our organization.    ReStores   We have […]
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October 28, 2019 0 Comments
Saturday was the offical launch of the Habitat for Humanity Okanagan Vernon ReStore! A big thank you to M&M Meats, Cobs Breads, McDonalds, Butcher Boys, Dollar Tree, Animal Auxiliary (Tu Tu the Clown), Superstore, Castanet, Beach Radio 107.5, CGR Entertainment, Total Restoration, Auto Cosmedics and Tommy Guns for their donation of time, products and speading awareness […]
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October 28, 2019 0 Comments
Volunteer Spotlight for the Month of October is Loretta Cooper! How long have you been with Habitat?  3 years, since October 2016. Why did you start volunteering at Habitat? When Jimmy Carter got involved in HfH, I was very interested in the organization but didn’t have time to become involved. After moving to West Kelowna […]
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October 23, 2019 0 Comments
The 12th annual Meaning of Home contest (January 6, 2020 to February 21, 2020), invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay (English or French) explaining what home means to them. There is no cost to enter. Since 2007, over 58,000 students have shared what home […]
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October 21, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan just completed extensive renovations to a townhome in Peachland for Lisa P, a single mother with 9-year old autistic triplets with intellectual disabilities. The triplets are non-verbal and have no awareness of danger so there are always ‘escape risks’ to deal with.  The home required the modifications to make it safe […]
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October 17, 2019 0 Comments
The Circular Economy is a big part of Habitat, the ReStore and The Up Project. ReStore gets generous donations from the community that will get fixed up, cleaned up and priced so it can be sold and re-enter the economy. The Up Project focuses on products that are damaged or are missing pieces and reimagine […]
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October 11, 2019 0 Comments
  Over the past 11 months, the Revera staff at the Dorchester have been holding monthly ‘Dress Down for a Toonie’ days,  held  a summer BBQ for residents, staff and friends in July and organized a basket raffle draw with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. The community at The Dorchester raised $1,187.66! And […]
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October 10, 2019 0 Comments
Revera The Dorchester Retirement Residence is running a Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser! 25% of all sales will be generously donated to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, which will give up a hand up to local families. There is some unbelievable options so make sure to register by clicking here! The last day to get your orders in […]
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October 3, 2019 0 Comments
The above picture is set up at The UP Project in their photobooth but the real question is why purchase Panasphere product? Panasphere focuses on well-designed and well-crafted composite wall panel and decorative surfacing materials. Panasphere also invests in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and equipment to create the best possible product on the market! The result […]
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October 1, 2019 0 Comments
What an amazing launch party for the Up Project! Thanks to the volunteers and staff who made the sold-out event a huge success! The spaces was beautifully decorated, the music was energizing and the hot oven pizza was so yummy. The Up project is another Habitat for Humanity Okanagan initiative to raise money for affordable […]
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September 12, 2019 0 Comments
Andrea Manifold, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, was delighted to receive a cheque from the Emil Anderson Construction Charitable Committee. “A big thank you to Dilworth Homes.  We are very grateful for their immediately response to our request for support with the renovation costs of a Habitat family home. This contribution will […]
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September 5, 2019 0 Comments
UDI made a donation of $1500.00 to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan to support their local home building and renovation initiatives. Pictured in photo: Urban Development Institute Chapter Chair Rich Threlfall and Habitat for Humanity Okanagan CEO Andrea Manifold.
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August 21, 2019 0 Comments
  We are so excited! The Vernon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan raised $1717.20 with their bottle drive. The money raised will support local Okanagan families that will build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.  If you’d like to run a fundraiser like this please contact us below for more details!
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August 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Up Project and Habitat for Humanity Okanagan are excited to invite everyone to the official launch party for The Up Project! This event is designed to act as a place to mingle and learn about all the work The Up Project does and how they support Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. There will be tons […]
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August 19, 2019 0 Comments
  Our Volunteer Spotlight for the Month of August is Suzanne Lawrence! How long have you been with Habitat?   A friend told me about their experience as a volunteer and it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor. What do you do as a  volunteer? I have been involved in  all the retail and receiving work, preparing […]
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July 23, 2019 0 Comments
When cleaning, remodeling or moving, you often run into household items you no longer use, but that are still in great condition. Whether it be items like the windows you just replaced or an old TV, you may wonder, “Should I donate this?” While you may not be able to donate certain items like mattresses, […]
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July 8, 2019 0 Comments
Congratulations to Habitat Humanitarians President and Mrs. Carter as they celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary in 2019. For more than three decades, the inspiring pair have been champions for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership to build and improve homes through Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.  
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July 4, 2019 0 Comments
  For the month of July, Habitat for Humanity Okanagan will have donation boxes at BC Liquor Distribution Branches in Enderby, Lumby, Armstrong, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos. LBD supports local charities through the employee fundraising initiative The Community Fund, and with the Charitable Fund (coin donation receptacle) in stores. Since […]
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July 1, 2019 0 Comments
    Monthly donations are vital to creating a consistent and reliable source of support for Habitat. We know that our donors who choose to give monthly care deeply about our mission of providing affordable homeownership to families, and that’s why we have created the Foundation Builder Program. Benefits: Recognition in our annual report Hassle-free […]
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July 1, 2019 0 Comments
With a population growth rate outpacing the provincial average and high construction rates, the Okanagan has no shortage of people who want to both dispose of and buy housing goods and materials. ReStores provide a convenient way for customers to donate and source high-quality, affordable items while having a triple bottom line impact: social, environmental […]
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June 30, 2019 0 Comments
The past year has been period of building capacity for Habitat for Humanity Okanagan as we reach for a greater future social impact in the Okanagan. The development permit was approved early this year for our Lake Country Build. The project is currently engaged in various stages of implementation as we look to begin initial […]
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June 29, 2019 0 Comments
The UP Project, another HFHO initiative, upstyles older furniture items and gives them new life. Lisa, Marie, the creative director of UP, UPcycles, RePurposes, ReFinishes and ReImagines items that others consider garbage. “Our goal is to reduce the number of perfectly good furniture items going to our landfills. By creating ‘new’ items from old also […]
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June 27, 2019 0 Comments
1. Habitat Does Not Give Away Homes For Free Habitat families volunteer 500 hours on the job site of their future home or at their local ReStores and events within the community. Also, monthly payments are set no higher than 30% of gross household income, including principal repayment and property tax.  2. Habitat For Humanity […]
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June 17, 2019 0 Comments
A huge thank you to Chances Kelowna for organizing the Block Party event in May. With the support of Rona, Cobs Bread, Sun FM and Bubbles Car Wash they were able to raise $1500 that will go towards helping families have safe, decent, affordable housing. If you or anyone you know would be interested in […]
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June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan may work around the corner from you, but we also work around the world. Through Habitat’s Global Village trips, you can volunteer abroad with us in nearly 30 nations. Our Volunteer trips offer more than just the opportunity to swing a hammer. When you travel with Global Village, you’ll experience the […]
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June 3, 2019 0 Comments
May 28, 2019 0 Comments
  Habitat for Humanity Okanagan presented Lisa Brown with her keys and welcomed her new Peachland home at a celebratory key presentation on May 25th. “This house means a lot to me. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to rent anymore. I want to start investing in a place of […]
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May 24, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan staff were thrilled to pick up a large donation cheque in the amount of $21,448.54 from Kelowna Chevrolet. The donation will pay out Habitat’s existing lease on Habitat’s work truck. “I had no idea how involved families were when I first learned about Habitat for Humanity Okanagan” said Dealer Partner Ian […]
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May 23, 2019 0 Comments
Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s Meaning of Home contest, and all the teachers and parents who helped support it. A national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada, each student entry helped earn a $10 donation to the local Habitat in their community. This year, over 8,000 […]
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May 7, 2019 0 Comments
Jonathan Silver Scott and Drew Scott are known for making the most of a budget, a skill these Habitat Humanitarians know they share with us. Take a look at the full video on their thoughts on stretching a dollar.
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May 3, 2019 0 Comments
We are so excited to be featured on Global News Okanagan this evening with Lisa Marie explaining how The Up Project works!
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April 29, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan would like to congratulate Chris Fields on his Volunteer Award for 2018! Chris was nominated by the ReStore Kelowna Manager Scott who had only great things to say about Chris: “Chris comes in 4 days a week for about 6 hours pricing all of the small items. He not only helps […]
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April 26, 2019 0 Comments
The Chances Block Party is coming up on May 26th from 11 am to 2 pm. There is a chance to win a 2003 BMW K1200LTC bike and Chances will also be hosting a BBQ and it will be a minimum donation of $2 with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan!  
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April 24, 2019 0 Comments
Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit families after your lifetime, you can find a plan that fits your needs. Together, we can come up with a plan that lets you provide for your family while helping other families through our charitable bequest program. There are many options to […]
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April 23, 2019 0 Comments
WELCOME STEPHEN SOMERVILLE! Here’s what Stephen had to say about joining the Habitat Team: “There was a Habitat build that was next to my house in Victoria when I was growing up. As a child, I saw that the family that moved in there was very happy and I wished I had a stable home […]
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April 17, 2019 0 Comments
The Best of Kelowna 2019 nomination period is coming to a close on Friday, April 19th. You can nominate Habitat for Humanity in 2 categories in this years Best of Kelowna 2019. Best Thrift or Second Hand Store in the Health Beauty and Style section and Charity in the Local Goodness section.
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April 10, 2019 0 Comments
Friday through Sunday we will be at The Well-Being Show as a vendor and have Lorraine Richmond speaking about “Strength, Stability & Self Reliance Who Needs It?”, so if you have time make sure to pop by and say hi! Location and Days Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre – 2429 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna […]
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April 3, 2019 0 Comments
We are really excited to be part of this event! “Blair Cares” is a way for you to help your favorite organization by means of a friendly competition between the supporters of three local community groups. You can vote daily so check out their site for more information. Blair Cares
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March 24, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. 86% of new Habitat homeowners report being happier since moving into their new home and 70% reported improved health, including reduced colds and flu, allergies, asthma symptoms and stress. Curious if you qualify? Click here to find out!  
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March 20, 2019 0 Comments
Every year, the ReStore gives second life to new and used products, keeping them from the local landfill. Since 2013, Okanagan ReStores have diverted over 9 million pounds from the Glenmore landfill. We are proud of this and customer love the deals we can offer. 100% of profits from ReStore builds homes here in the […]
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March 13, 2019 0 Comments
Red Wing Shoes will be hosting a Grand Opening this month. The company has been around for over 100 years and are dedicated to producing only the highest grade footwear! Come check out their new location in Kelowna on Powick Rd on March 25th from 11am to 2pm, there will be prizes, sales on products and […]
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February 27, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity will have a table at the show at the Penticton Trade & Convention Center March 2nd from 10am – 5pm and March 3rd 10am – 4pm.  Drop on by and enter our free raffle. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
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February 6, 2019 0 Comments
In anticipation of construction of several townhomes in Lake Country, we are offering an information event on February 23, 2019 from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Please register to attend the “Do I Qualify” Information Event, where you will be provided with more details regarding qualification and the process of becoming a Habitat Okanagan Homeowner. After […]
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February 1, 2019 0 Comments
The good folks at Traine Construction and Development are at it again. Giving that is! A HUGE THANK YOU from all of us at Habitat for Humanity Okanagan and the UP Project for the dual drum sander and compressor. We are going to put them to good use.
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January 28, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity will have a table at the show at Prospera Place February 9th from 2pm to 9pm and on Sunday the 10th from 9am to 5pm.  Drop on by and enter our free raffle.  
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January 28, 2019 0 Comments
Thanks to Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown of RedScope Media and Events for choosing Habitat for  Humanity Okanagan as the ‘Charity of Choice’ for the Home Decor Closet Cleanout at Laurel Packing House.  Habitat staff and volunteers connected with lots of people interested in supporting the cause. Awesome! $447 of proceeds from the event was donated to […]
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January 10, 2019 0 Comments
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s Co-Ceo Neil Smith presented Neil Elford from ATCO Sustainable Communities with an award of appreciation for all that they do for the organization. We could not help as many families as we do if not for companies in our community supporting us through donations and volunteering.
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December 17, 2018 0 Comments
December 17, 2018 Dear friend, On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, it’s our pleasure to reach out to you this holiday season to wish you and your family all the best! We hope that you have an opportunity to spend time with those closest to you. As we open our homes to others during […]
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December 17, 2018 0 Comments
We have built 34 homes in the Okanagan since 1994 and we are building capacity to serve more many more families going forward. We opened our first ReStore in West Kelowna in 2013 followed by Kelowna in 2015, Penticton this year and will be open in Vernon in Spring 2019. We have an exciting new […]
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Traine Construction and Development have been supporting Habitat for Humanity Okanagan by donating their labour and materials on a number of build sites and projects over the last few years. From fences to decks, they have done fantastic work for HFHO. They recently came out to help build work benches for Habitat’s new initiative, The […]
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Before my family become involved with Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, the biggest challenge I was facing was living in a neighbourhood where there was lots of drugs use. My kids were scared to go outside and yet I couldn’t save for a down payment to buy a home. I heard about Habitat from a friend […]
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Do you have a need for decent , affordable housing? Do you have the ability to pay for and maintain a home? Is at least one person in your family employed year-round, full time? Can your family complete 500 service hours within two years? If this sounds like your family, go to our website at […]
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
We rely 100% on the generosity of donors. Every donation goes directly to building homes and serving families because administration and fundraising costs are completely covered by our ReStores and every Habitat Home = $175,000 in social benefits.
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Ken and Carol Finlayson have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s West Kelowna ReStore for 5 years. They moved here from Alberta and were looking for volunteer opportunities. The ReStore seemed like a good fit for them. Ken helps with shipping and receiving and Carol helps with merchandising. “We have met many wonderful people during […]
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December 14, 2018 0 Comments
The UP Project, a new Habitat for Humanity Okanagan initiative, is yet another avenue for our organization to raise vital funds to supply safe, decent and affordable housing right here in the Okanagan. Through various methods of up-cycling, the UP Project will add value to the generous product donations we already receive from the community. […]
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November 14, 2018 0 Comments
Is your school participating in the Meaning of Home contest? A fun and educational essay contest that can help give back to our community. We’re asking students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 what home means to them for the chance to direct one of three $25,000 grants to a local Habitat build. Simply visit […]
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