Local ‘Habitat’ receives $10,000 donation

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021

Berea-based aluminum manufacturer Novelis has awarded $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties to expand recycling efforts through their “Cans for Habitat” program, according to a news release.

“We are so grateful to Novelis for helping us expand our Can House program. Their generosity will go a long way toward helping us maintain our current Can Houses and place more Can Houses throughout the community,” said Amanda Dube’, the organization’s fund development coordinator. “It will cover materials, labor, fuel, and other expenses necessary to keep the can program rolling along.”

The release states that “Cans for Habitat” provides financial resources to further the organization’s mission while promoting recycling for a healthier environment. Volunteers from Novelis and Habitat for Humanity transport cans to the company’s plant for recycling with the proceeds going directly to the famed housing organization.

In addition to using the funds for Can Houses, Novelis is allowing a portion of their gift to help build a home on Lincoln Street in Winchester for the Chaney family. The home is one of five upcoming Habitat for Humanity homes that will be built on the street, according to the release.

Novelis has frequently partnered with Habitat for Humanity in the past through its Novelis Neighbor Program, according to the release.

In the release, Novelis Plant Manager Ramon Romero said he believes that the life one lives is the lesson that you teach others and that is something that Novelis tries to do by responding to the needs of the community.

Operations manager Mike Sarver said he is excited about the project: “It’s rewarding to see how the community responds to the recycling initiative that helps families realize their dreams of owning a home. For Novelis to play a part in that initiative is one of the reasons we are here”

Households in Madison and Clark counties are invited to collect their aluminum cans and drop them off at one of Habitat’s Can House locations, which can be found online at www.habitatmcc.org/cans.