Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are Habitat for Humanity, Ability in Bloom, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties partners with first time homebuyers in our community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. They build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, and firmly believe that affordable housing plays a critical role in creating strong and stable communities.

Since 1987, Habitat has built 23 homes throughout Tompkins and Cortland Counties, along with completing dozens of repair projects for income-qualified homeowners. They carefully select qualified buyers based on their need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  Habitat homebuyers complete 350 Sweat Equity hours, working to build their own and other Habitat homes, and taking homeownership and financial training classes. Upon completion of construction, Habitat homeowners purchase their house and pay an affordable mortgage. These mortgage payments are used to fund the construction of future Habitat homes.

Habitat keeps construction costs down by utilizing volunteer labor and partnering with contractors and vendors to obtain discounted and donated materials and services. Volunteers of all ages and abilities, from across the community, help build homes. Volunteering with Habitat can function as a unique opportunity for corporate team building, youth community service, or just a chance to pick up some construction and home improvement skills. H

Habitat is currently building on Slaterville Road in Ithaca. This three-home build marks the largest project in the organization’s history, as well as the first chance to rehabilitate an existing home.  Upon completion, two new, three-bedroom homes will sit alongside a rehabilitated 1840’s Greek revival-style farmhouse. Volunteers are on site building every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and new volunteers are always welcome!

GreenStar is pleased to be a part of supporting Habitat for Humanity and their mission!

Are you involved with a not-for-profit organization that might benefit from this program? Apply to be a recipient here.