Around the nation habitat of many groups work with communities and residents to build homes. The Copper Country Habitat for Humanity is not different. Over the years the group has helped several families in the region become homeowners. The group also works with residents in the Keweenaw Peninsula to provide necessary structural repairs so homes remain livable. As well as working to build wheelchair ramps for homes with people in need of improved mobility access.
“They help us to build, as well as two new things. Well, we’ve always done critical repairs, but we just got a 500,000 dollar grant to work with the MIHOPE grant for the next three years. We’ll be doing critical repairs for 20-plus homes in the six-county area. In addition to that program, we are building ramps for people. we took that program over. And we’ve done three this past year.” – Steve Cadeau, Executive Director, Copper Country Habitat for Humanity
Copper Country Habitat’s Executive Director Steve Cadeau, says that the group works with a variety of grant programs during the year. However, grant funds do not always cover the non-profits programs. Adding that that’s where giving Tuesday with Copper Shores has been able to make a huge difference for them.
“It’s very important. We have two re-stores and all of the profits from the re-stores go toward building the houses. But houses, like this last house cost 125,000 dollars to build. So giving Tuesday is roughly one-fifth of that/ And our other fundraisers are another one-fifth. That only makes about three-fifths that have to be raised by the re-stores. And that’s not counting critical repairs and ramp building.” – Steve Cadeau, Executive Director, Copper Country Habitat for Humanity
Giving Tuesday with the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation last year raised over 650,000 dollars from individuals in the community and from friends of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Annually the foundation has provided a match sum to add to the day of giving’s total. Adding up to over 2.7 million dollars spread throughout the copper country over the past six years. Find more information about Giving Tuesday with the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation here and more about the Copper Country Habitat for Humanity here.