JANUARY 2008

Habitat for Humanity affiliates compete in monthly can recycling challenge

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Cans for Habitat program launched a monthly challenge earlier this year for Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the United States. Each month, from June through October, the Habitat affiliate that recycled the most aluminum cans per capita was awarded $5,000.

During the five month time period, 70 Habitat for Humanity affiliates participated by reporting their pounds on the Cans for Habitat website. An impressive 189,600 pounds of cans were recycled, generating more than $137,500 from recycling proceeds. This is in addition to the money awarded each month by the Cans for Habitat program.

The winning grant affiliates are: Webster Habitat for Humanity, Springhill, Louisiana; San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity, Alamosa, Colorado; Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Grand Island, Nebraska; Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Oswego Habitat for Humanity and Habitat, Oswego, New York; and Habitat for Humanity of Austin County, Bellville, Texas.

In addition to the monthly challenge, the Cans for Habitat program will be giving a “winner takes all” $30,000 grant prize to the affiliate that recycles the most pounds of aluminum and demonstrates the best overall marketing and media outreach for their local program based on their 2007 recycling efforts. This grant will be awarded in early 2008.