Cannon Foundation Awards Grant to Our Towns Habitat
CORNELIUS, NC—Shoppers and donors at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores will soon notice improvements to the stores, thanks to a grant from The Cannon Foundation. The Cannon Foundation has awarded Our Towns Habitat nearly $50,000 to fund equipment, store upgrades, and camera systems as well as facilities maintenance.
“Generating funds to build nearly five houses a year, Our Towns Habitat ReStores are a vital part of our mission to serve low-income, working families with homes they can afford,” explained Our Towns CEO Chris Ahearn. “Thanks to this generous grant from The Cannon Foundation, we can enhance the productivity of the stores as well as security for our volunteers, employees and the products community members donate for sale.”
The Cannon Foundation grant will enable the ReStores to add shelving to better display donated items. While one in four items sells in the first two days, the extra shelf space will allow staff and volunteers to display remaining items attractively and safely to prevent breakage. In addition, equipment like hand trucks and dollies will enable staff to safely move donated product, and new shopping carts will make it easier for shoppers to fill their baskets with treasures.
Our Towns ReStores receive approximately 350 donations per week. A new camera system will help the stores protect those donated items from theft, helping the stores raise more funds for the affordable housing mission.
“It’s essential that we continue to provide a positive experience for ReStore shoppers and the donors who bless us with their gifts of gently used furniture and household items. We are grateful to The Cannon Foundation for helping us care for our facilities so we can continue to care for families in our community,” Ahearn added.
About The Cannon Foundation
The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by Charles A. Cannon, President and CEO of Cannon Mills Company. The Foundation continues his philanthropic legacy by funding capital and equipment projects for organizations across Mr. Cannon’s home state of North Carolina.
About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1988, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns Habitat performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues. Sales at the organization’s ReStores in Cornelius, Mooresville and Statesville help fund the mission, including nearly five houses last year. To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.org.
NOTE: News of Davidson also features Our Towns Habitat on our “Meet the Need” page so you can find out what you can do to help.