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Grand Island Habitat for Humanity Hosts Shredding Event on Sunday | Grand Island Local News

Do you have old documents to shred? Donate them on Sunday to Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity.

GI Habitat is hosting a paper shredding fundraiser at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Harrison St., Grand Island, from 3-5 p.m.

For the event, GI Habitat is partnering with the Nebraska Region Thrivent Member Network and the Arbor Day Foundation.

Thrivent will donate $10 to GI Habitat for every vehicle that brings paper documents, up to four bank boxes, for shredding on Sunday.

And for every vehicle that participates on Sunday, Arbor Day Foundation will plant two trees in the Nebraska National Forest.

The funds will benefit GI Habitat programs and services, GI Habitat executive director Alyssa Heagy told The Independent, in particular GI Habitat’s current project, House No. 111.

“The maximum amount Thrivent will donate is $750, and that would cover the cost of the two exterior doors,” she said.

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The partnership opportunity is “exciting,” Heagy said.

“I’ve only been here since July, but Thrivent is one of the first partnerships and relationships I’ve ever entered into, and their support of Habitat in the Nebraska area and nationally is phenomenal,” a- she declared. “You don’t see that from many large companies.”

Grand Island Habitat Executive Director Alyssa Heagy said she was thrilled to partner with the Nebraska Region Thrivent Member Network for a Sunday paper shredding fundraiser that will benefit GI Habitat projects and the community of the Grand Island area.

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GI Habitat continues to collect aluminum cans at its various drop-off points.

Funds from the cans go to GI Habitat projects and allow the local nonprofit to compete for national grants.

“Cans now cost up to 90 cents a pound. It’s a huge boon for us,” Heagy said. “Ace Hardware just got 422 pounds for us on Thursday, and I’m so thrilled.”

There are five aluminum can donation sites on Grand Island: Pump & Pantry at Highway 81 and North Capital Avenue, Highway 281 and Stolley Park Drive, Shady Bend Road and Bismarck Road, at South Locust Street and at Ace Hardware on Third Street.

There are also donation drop-off sites in Aurora, Cairo, Central City, Chapman, Doniphan, St. Libory, St. Paul, and Wood River United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity offers 0% interest home loans to applicants.

To qualify for the program, individuals must be low-income based on household size. The need for “decent and affordable housing” is also taken into account, as well as the desire to be a partner.

“All of our home loan applicants, in order to receive a home, must complete 500 hours of volunteer work,” Heagy explained.

For more information about Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity’s services and volunteer opportunities, visit www.gihabitat.org.

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