Work on project won’t cool down

Habitat for Humanity plans to work on Huth Avenue home over the winter

Crews work on the foundation of the Habitat for Humanity home on Huth Avenue.

Though cold weather is starting to set in, Habitat for Humanity organizers are hoping they will be able to continue working on their latest Penticton project through most of the winter.

“We are behind where we hoped we would be. We hoped we would have more done by the time winter sets in,” said Lynn Popoff, president of Habitat’s South Okanagan chapter. “Once the backfilling is done, then I think it is going to go fairly quickly and hopefully there will still be some days that are going to be OK for working.”

Volunteers have been working on the Huth Avenue property for the last couple of weeks, braving the cool weather to get the backfilling done around the foundations, so work on framing the house could begin.

Popoff is also grateful for the support the project is getting from the business community: people like Nikos Theodosakis of Theo’s Restaurant, who helped keep volunteer spirits up by providing a hot lunch on one of their work days.

“A hot lunch in the middle of a cold day was terrific. It was really good of him,” said Popoff.

Popoff said their project manager, Barry Chickloski, thinks they should be able to take advantage of warm days in order to keep working.

“Our plan is to try to work through the winter. Barry keeps reminding us that it’s not northern Alberta,” said Popoff. “Not steadily, it’s a matter of choosing the better days. It is a bit of a problem that we have to organize our volunteers and then cross our fingers for the weather.”

As the frame goes up and the home takes shape Popoff expects volunteer enthusiasm will build, especially as the fundraising for the project begins to take shape as well. She said they have had good news on that front too, with the future looking promising for the three grants they have applied for so far.

“The first one we applied for was a Habitat Canada grant for green builds. We applied for $15,000 and got $15,000,” she said.

They also collaborated with the Habitat chapter in Vernon and the Kelowna affiliate to put together a valley-wide grant proposal, aimed at hiring a fundraiser to work for all three groups.

“It was a $25,000 grant and we were successful with that one as well,” said Popoff.

Habitat completed the interviewing and hired Jacki Wlodarczyk last month, and Popoff said that Wlodarczyk is already getting to know the affiliates and what their needs are.

“I think that is going to help us a lot — to have a fundraiser; somebody who is really good in that field.”

A third grant request, to the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., is still going through the review process, and Popoff said it looks promising.

“We were notified that we made it to stage two and they will make a decision in early December,” she said. “If we are successful with that one, then we are batting three out of three, which would be amazing.”

Closer to home, Habitat has other fundraising ideas in the works, like a class at Pen High that is in the process of making a decision on whether they are going to build a playhouse or a tool shed for the group.

“We can do some sort of raffle or lottery in the spring with that,” said Popoff. “There are quite a few things like that in the works.”

 

Just Posted

SOWINS receives $1,000 from Wednesday Night Ladies Club

The money will go to support the society’s Transition House and other programs

Okanagan hosts Mexico for soccer

The Okanagan Masters League won both matches against their Mexican counterparts

Ogopogo and Shuswaggi aren’t the only lake monsters to have legendary status

While both have legend status in the Okanagan-Shuswap regions there are said to be more

Penticton students take aim at bullying with Be Kind initiative

The initiative aims to replace Anti-Bullying Day with year-round activities.

Security footage shows grab and go of cash in Penticton business break-in

Marla Black is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into Winemaster

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Athlete of the Week: Finn Tolley

Finn Tolley is the Penticton Western News/Canadian Tire athlete of the week

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Epic overtime battle, big turnout for memorial night to late owner of Okanagan hockey team

The KIJHL’s Kelowna Chiefs hounoured Grant Sheridan with a win in the team’s home-opener

Most Read