In its third round of desk distribution, Habitat Bergen is donating 40 student desks to students who attend the Dr. John Grieco Elementary School and the Dr. Leroy McCloud Elementary School in Englewood on Saturday, February 13, 2021 between 10 and 12 noon at the Habitat Bergen ReStore, located at 121 Carver Ave in Westwood, between 10 am and noon.
“We are so delighted to help these children improve their learning environment,” said Teri Capparelli, Habitat Bergen ReStore Director. “This is a unique way for us, including volunteers and corporate partners, to literally pay it forward during the pandemic. Children need a dedicated space ensure that they can be as academically as possible.”
“Many children learning remotely do not have access to an appropriate learning environment,” said Roxanne Camejo, Vice President and Community Development Officer of Lakeland Bank and Board President of Habitat Bergen. “Thankfully, we have volunteers willing to build these simple desks that will have a profound positive impact on a child’s learning experience.”
The initiative began in December with a distribution of 10 desks. In January, the program gave away 20 desks, and this upcoming event will distribute 40 desks. The volunteer group building the desks call themselves “The Greyheads.” They are comprised of retired handypersons who volunteer frequently on Habitat’s build sites, as well as in a variety of other capacities. They generously donate their time and talent to build these compact, simple desks that ultimately help a child remain focused while learning remotely at home during the pandemic.
The hard costs for building each desk is approximately $35—help Habitat build more desks! Donations can be made at www.HabitatBergen.org.
Habitat Bergen was founded more than 26 years ago and has built 28 homes for hard working families throughout Bergen County. Habitat believes that access to safe, decent, and affordable housing helps families break the cycle of poverty. Habitat Bergen’s current building project is a three-bedroom, single family home that will be made available to a qualified veteran family in 2021. The Desks 4 Homes initiative supports both local children in need of desks, while raising important funds to help the affiliate reach it’s mission of building decent homes for low income families.
“Never has it been more important to have safe and decent home in which to shelter in place,” says Maureen Cameron, Habitat Bergen’s Executive Director. “One in six households spend more than half of their income on shelter, which forces them to forego other necessary expenses like food and health care. We want to change hearts and minds and provide more low income families with decent housing.”
For more information about Desks 4 Homes contact Teri Capparelli at 201-446-9246 (mobile) or [email protected] or visit habitatbergen.org.
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County is to provide decent, affordable homes for hardworking Bergen County families. We join in a common goal with other affiliates of this international organization to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat builds or rehabilitates simple, decent, homes and sells them to low income families through a zero-interest mortgage. Habitat is a people-to-people partnership, which joins together all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. For more information visit www.habitatbergen.org or contact Maureen Cameron, Executive Director at [email protected]
Desks 4 Homes – As recipients of the ReStore’s Desks 4 Homes program, these triplets now have a dedicated space to learn at home!