Whistler Community Services Society has received a cheque for $14,000 from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation to fulfill their wish of building an outdoor extension to the existing Re-Use-It Centre building.
"This extension is welcomed and long overdue as we hope to accommodate the larger items that we just cant fit into the store," said Lorna Van Straaten the Re-Use-It Manger.
The Re-Use-It Centre is working hard to encourage donors to only drop items off during regular store hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Often what happens is people drop off items that cannot be accommodated due to lack of space. With this addition the Re-Use-It Centre hopes to be able to accommodate these larger items and therefore prevent them from entering the landfill; a goal of Whistler Community Services and the Whistler 2020 sustainability team.
WCSS is grateful for the efforts of James Hallisey and Kim Creed of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, along with Whistler Rotary Millennium Club who will be providing volunteer labor to complete the project.
"This project would not be possible without the generosity of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. We are grateful for their contribution towards our cause," said Greg McDonnell, Interim Executive Director.
The Re-Use-It Centre profits go towards funding many of Whistler Community Services Society Programs. Some of which include, the counselling assistance program, emergency assistance program, food bank, youth outreach workers and community kitchens, just to name a few. Any items that cant be used are donated to other charities in the Sea to Sky corridor and the Lower Mainland.
It is clear that the quality of life in our community continues to be a high priority for the Foundation. "The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is so pleased that with this one grant, we are able to effect change on so many levels. The new expansion will help the Re-Use it Centre continue to support many other worthwhile community programs, while helping to encourage sustainability,",said Mei McCurdy, Executive Director of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
Construction on the extension should be complete by July 1st.