Pictured above are Weyerhaeuser Making Waves Volunteers: (back row) Andrew Rauch-partner family volunteer, Tony Ramm, Bill Mann, Ian Feldsted, Jennifer Valliere, Doug Stangier, and Mitch Webber.
(Front Row) Brad Farguhar, Lana Bru, Jennifer Armstrong, Judy Paynter-Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and Jen Rauch and Melissa Bradley-partner family volunteers.
It took four years, thousands of volunteer hours – 500 by each family that would soon inhabit the homes – and more than $23,000 in a Weyerhaeuser OSB product donation. The result? Fifteen 2-storey Habitat for Humanity duplex units in Edson, Alberta. See the ceremony where each family receives the keys to their new home via YouTube.
This project was critical to the Edson community due to the escalated cost of homes and lack of rental accommodations for local families. Weyerhaeuser has an OSB mill in Edson, and its mill manager Tony Ramm was key in ensuring the project’s success. According to the Habitat for Humanity Project Leader Karen Adams, Weyerhaeuser offered a “tremendous partnership in helping to fill the Edson housing gap.” In addition to the product donation, Weyerhaeuser contributed $16,000 from the Giving Fund and Making Waves grant programs.
And Edson is not the only place in Alberta where Weyerhaeuser is supporting Habitat for Humanity. A similar project in Edmonton received a product donation of Trus Joist® TJ®-Insulated Rim Board, a product designed especially for cold, Alberta winters.
Weyerhaeuser gives back to the communities in which its employees live and work. In 2013, Weyerhaeuser contributed $25,000 to various organizations throughout Canada. Examples of other receiving organizations include the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department, Junior Forest Wardens in Buck Creek, the Thunder Bay Cancer Society, and the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club in Grande Prairie. To learn more about Weyerhaeuser’s giving programs, click here.