County Paramedics Build with Habitat for Humanity

Cobourg, ON – August 7, 2013 – Northumberland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will join forces with Habitat for Humanity for the second year in a row to build homes for local families in need.

Sponsored once again by Zoll Medical Corporation, 18 EMS staff, including Deputy Chief Craig Jones, will volunteer their time and expertise between August 8 and 9 to the Habitat for Humanity Northumberland build taking place at 354 Alexandria Drive in Cobourg. The triplex will house one family by the end of 2013, and will ultimately provide residence for three families.

"Northumberland County EMS are honoured to once again contribute to the important work of Habitat for Humanity," says Tarmo Uukkivi, Chief, Emergency Medical Services, County of Northumberland. "We are committed to serving our community, and appreciate the opportunity to be part of a project like this that will have a positive impact on the lives of local families."

Volunteer labour is one of the cornerstones of Habitat for Humanity, which has been operating in Northumberland County since 1998. Thanks to a combination of sponsorship, donations and the valuable work effort of volunteers like the Northumberland County EMS, the organization is on track to completing its 41st housing unit in the County by the end of 2013, including 30 homes in Cobourg, 6 in Port Hope, 2 in Brighton, 1 in Cramahe, 1 in Warkworth, and 1 in Alderville.

The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to break the cycle of poverty by enabling eligible individuals and families to build and buy quality affordable homes. Families contribute 500 hours of volunteer work as the down-payment on their home, which they then purchase from Habitat for Humanity based on:

  • Interest free mortgages
  • Mortgage payments set at 25% of gross income
  • Homeowner training and support services

"Habitat for Humanity provides a vital service for families in the Town of Cobourg and surrounding regions," states Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier. "This build is particularly remarkable as Habitat’s first project in the County officially championed by the local faith community. The Town of Cobourg congratulates the individuals and groups contributing to this initiative. We also applaud the County EMS team for their dedication to residents and for advancing the great work initiated by the faith community."

For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, contact Laurie Carrol at (905) 373-4663 ext.28.

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