The Nissan Canada Foundation, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, awarded a $60,000 grant to Habitat Vancouver Island North (VIN) used to acquire a brand-new Nissan TITAN full-size pickup truck.
The Nissan TITAN will be replacing a 22-year-old vehicle used by Habitat VIN that had over 850,000 kms, and will contribute to the Foundation’s ongoing efforts of building safe and affordable homes for deserving families from Bowser to Port Hardy, B.C.
“We were ecstatic when we received the news that Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North had been selected to receive the vehicle grant as we’ve been applying for the program since 2016,” said Tom Beshr, Habitat VIN’s director of development. “Countless volunteers, staff, and resources are required to build affordable homes for families on Northern Vancouver Island, and the dependability and capability of this new TITAN will certainly help create efficiencies with our home build projects.”
The Nissan Canada Foundation accepted proposals from 50 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada, who were asked to demonstrate their relationship with local Nissan dealerships, and ultimately how a new vehicle would help them better serve deserving families in their community.
Habitat VIN celebrated their TITAN vehicle delivery twice, at two of the dealerships that supported with the application – North Island Nissan and Comox Valley Nissan.
“The Nissan Canada Foundation’s vehicle donation program provides an opportunity for us to further support our Habitat partners across Canada in a meaningful way and provides them with a reliable vehicle to build safe, affordable homes in our dealer communities,” said Steve Milette, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “We’re excited that for the first time ever, the vehicle grant has been awarded to a B.C. recipient and will help Habitat Vancouver Island North serve more families in their community”.
Previous recipients of the vehicle grant include Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga (2016), Ottawa (2017) and Newfoundland (2018).
The Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North foundation was founded in 2004 and brings communities together from Bowser to Port Hardy, B.C. to help build affordable homes for deserving families, and also operates two ReStores in Campbell River and in Courtenay.
Since the inception of the Nissan Canada Foundation’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2008, more than 1,400 Nissan Canada dealership and head office employees have spent over 9,000 hours volunteering, contributing to 50 home builds from Halifax to Vancouver.
To date, the Nissan Canada Foundation’s contribution of donations and volunteer hours towards Habitat for Humanity Canada has exceeded $1 million, an important milestone for Nissan Canada. In addition to the vehicle donation for Habitat Vancouver Island North, the Nissan Canada Foundation is also the Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga title home sponsor.