History and Accomplishments
In 1988, we began working locally with a small group of dedicated volunteers and their desire to eliminate poverty housing in our community. Today, we have served nearly 500 families and have changed the face of many neighborhoods. Through the years, we have maintained our unrelenting determination to offer families strength and stability by offering a hand up, not a hand out. Here is a glimpse of the history and accomplishments that have shaped our past and continue to shape our future.
We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.
None of what has been accomplished so far would have been possible without the support we have received from our generous donors and devoted volunteers. We are so thankful for every dollar and material donated, every ReStore donation and purchase, and every hour of volunteer time invested. As we look to the future, we remain excited about the opportunity to put our Christian faith into action, to be a blessing to future homeowners, to work tirelessly with volunteers, and to continue transforming the communities we serve in east central Ohio.
Investing In People
Since 1988, we have helped nearly 500 families achieve the dream of homeownership. Over 2,000 individuals live in the homes built and renovated by Habitat for Humanity volunteers and future homeowners in east central Ohio. Approximately 1,700 of these individuals are children.
Since Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Canton in 2005, thousands and thousands of tons of reusable materials have been diverted from landfills through merchandise sales and recycling. At ReStore, every donation and purchase helps us build and renovate homes with hard-working east central Ohio families and children. Learn more.
We tithe 10% of each unrestricted donation to build houses in Bangladesh, Poland, and Lesotho – in southern Africa. In 2006, we became only the seventh Habitat for Humanity ministry out of 1,700 to reach the $1 million mark in tithing. In 2016, we were named the top tithing Ohio affiliate.
Giving Our All
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a leader among U.S. Habitat for Humanity ministries. We’ve been named the #1 affiliate in Ohio, and since 1995, we’ve remained in the top thirty Habitat for Humanity ministries in the United States. We take these honors seriously and work tirelessly to honor our mission of building homes, communities, and hope.
History and Accomplishments
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton was born through a small group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about the housing needs of the city’s working poor.
Through much prayer and hard work, the ministry’s first home was completed in November.
Over 1,000 volunteers participated in the first multi-home blitz build, constructing 7 houses in 7 days on Canton, Ohio’s southeast side.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton celebrated its 10th anniversary by building its 100th house.
To celebrate 15 years of ministry, the affiliate framed 15 houses in one week, including the ministry’s 200th home built in Canton, Ohio.
Following over a year of prayer and planning, and months of renovation work by dedicated Habitat volunteers, the Habitat ReStore in Canton, Ohio opened in July on Leemont Avenue. The store served as a fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, and as a way to help keep usable items from ending up in a landfill. Learn more.
Our affiliate was honored to become the 7th affiliate in the nation (out of 1,700) to tithe over $1 million. As a proud participant in Habitat International’s tithe program, we donate 10% of all our undesignated funds to build homes with Habitat affiliates in countries around the world. We continue this important tradition today, as tithe dollars from our affiliate are used to build homes Bangladesh, Poland, and Lesotho – in southern Africa.
The affiliate expanded its service area to become Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, striving to offer hope to families in Canton, Massillon and other areas of Stark and Carroll Counties. The ReStore also expanded and moves to a new location on Cleveland Avenue in Canton, Ohio.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties set and reached a record-breaking goal of serving 30 families in one year.
The affiliate marked 25 years of building hope, homes and community. Through the providence of a motivated seller and several very generous donors, the affiliate took steps toward having all aspects of the ministry under one roof with the purchase of the building at 1400 Raff Road SW in Canton, Ohio.
The affiliate completed a merger with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscarawas Valley, Inc., expanding coverage area to the east central Ohio counties of Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson.
Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties officially renamed to Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio was voted Favorite Volunteer Opportunity in About Magazine‘s Local Faves. Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio was also named the runner up for Favorite Nonprofit.
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity was named the 2016 Social Services Nonprofit “Brand of the Year” by The Harris Poll EquiTrend. Habitat earned the further distinction of being the “Most Loved” and “Most Trusted” in this category.
In March, Habitat for Humanity ReStore merged the Cleveland Avenue location with the Raff Road location to better serve customers and improve the customer experience. Habitat Crew volunteers expanded the Raff Road sales floor by 7,000 square feet and the store expanded its hours.
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OUR MISSION Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed. Mailing address: 1400 Raff Road SW, Suite A, Canton, Ohio 44710.