Battle River Power Coop participated in the Habitat Camrose Adopt-A-Day program for the third consecutive year on May 9, 2018. Concern for Community is one of the cooperative principles and working for Habitat is a way to honor that principle. As a corporate volunteer, the Coop sent seven enthusiastic employees to the Restore, where they painted trim for a day.

Habitat Camrose is building two duplexes this year, a very ambitious undertaking that requires a lot of community support. These simple, efficiently designed, decent and affordable dwellings will be home to four partner families. The mortgages are financed through Habitat Camrose with affordable payments and 0% interest. Each partner family contributes 500 hours of “sweat equity” to the project, and additional labour and other support comes from Habitat staff, community volunteers and government agencies.

Habitat for Humanity has a positive impact on both the partner families and the communities where they live. According to a recent news article by Habitat for Humanity, Canada, home ownership “…has long-term benefits for the larger community, with every Habitat home generating $175,000 in social benefits.” An immediate benefit for partner families is that they can build equity in a home instead of paying rent. The community benefits from the strength, stability and independence of the new homeowners. One of the Camrose partners told us that she is looking forward to having a clean back yard where her child will be able to play.

The Battle River Power Coop staff volunteers were unanimous in supporting Habitat. They said they learned a lot about the process of becoming a partner family and they enjoyed working alongside soon-to-be home owners. Habitat Camrose was enthusiastic too. Our work crew put two coats of paint on 2255 running feet of trim- a significant contribution to this year’s build!