Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is Accepting Plywood Donations
When the plywood that is temporarily boarding up businesses eventually comes down, it can be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be repurposed on construction sites.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a not for profit organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing for working families, many of whom are front-line workers. They promote homeownership as a means of breaking the poverty cycle. They currently have two build sites underway, one in Richmond, which will house 12 families, and one in Mission, which will accommodate 19 families.
Full sheets of wood are ideal, with 4X4 being the smallest size they can accept. Plywood with paint or graffiti can still be used by their social enterprise called ReStore. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity accepts donations of residential, discounted or returns of building supplies and home decor, which are sold in their ReStores. The revenue flows back into the projects to build more homes. When you make a wood donation to Habitat for Humanity, you are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of your donation.
The initiative of donating storefront plywood in Vancouver began with https://10star.ca/ president Justin Elton, who started putting up posters to redirect wood from the landfill toward Habitat for Humanity.
The DVBIA wants to support this initiative by coordinating efforts for scheduled pick-ups of donations when businesses re-open. If you are interested in donating, please contact Gavin at email@example.com.