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Great-West Life staff busy building homes

Volunteers helping build Habitat for Humanity home

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A Habitat volunteer helps direct a section of housing into place at a build in Riverbend earlier this summer.

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Nearly 200 Great-West Life employees have traded the comfort of their desks to pick up hammers, saws and drills to help build a Habitat for Humanity Manitoba near their corporate office.

The volunteers began constructing their sponsored Habitat home at 248 Langside St. on Aug. 17 and are expected to continue until Aug. 30 (excluding Sundays). The foundation was dug and the site of the build was prepared last month, organizers say.

Great-West Life staff also joined organizers at the St. Boniface-based Habitat’s annual Blitz Build last month, which raised the company’s collective total to 300 employees who have volunteered their time at Habitat build sites this year.

"Habitat is a terrific way to be out giving back in the neighbourhood in which we work. When 40 or 50 people get together and they’re rowing in the same direction, the results are amazing," said Brad Fedorchuk, build volunteer and vice-president of group underwriting at Great-West Life, in a news release.

Great-West Life has been a longtime supporter of Habitat and first became a home sponsor in 1993 when the Jimmy Carter Work Project came to Winnipeg.

To learn more, visit www.habitat.mb.ca.

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