An accomplished cabinetmaker in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, Lyle Harrison owns and operates Wolf Creek Cabinets, which he established approximately 20 years ago. Lyle Harrison also supports a number of charitable causes in the Lacombe area, among them Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds houses through a network of 1,500 local affiliates throughout the United States and abroad.
Among Habitat for Humanity’s numerous volunteer programs is the Global Village program, which provides the opportunity for individuals to construct affordable shelter in destinations around the world. Partnering with local communities, Global Village volunteers learn about poverty housing and Habitat’s mission to eradicate development challenges around the world. The transformative experience provides volunteers with ample opportunity for rest and free time while interacting extensively with the local culture.
Program costs vary depending on location, but each payment includes accommodation, food, and in-country transportation, as well as a donation to the host country’s Habitat for Humanity program.
Pulling support from more than 1,500 local affiliates scattered across the country, Habitat for Humanity works to build housing for those in need. The entity encompasses more than 70 national organizations across the globe and assists more than four million people. It relies extensively on help from volunteers and supporters, one of whom is Lyle Harrison. The founder and owner of Wolf Creek Cabinets in Lacombe, Alberta, Lyle Harrison provides financial contributions to bolster the Habitat for Humanity mission.
Habitat for Humanity hosts an annual conference, Habitat on the Hill, in Washington, DC, where attendees gain knowledge on issues pertaining to the group. Participants can also network with others and learn about affordable housing opportunities from the organization. Speakers at the 2014 conference will focus on such critical topics as energy efficiency, foreign aid, and housing for veterans.
Those who attend the Habitat on the Hill event can come to specific workshops and meetings in Congressional offices. The event in 2013 saw more than 250 homeowners, volunteers, staff, and board members take part in more than 300 meetings with politicians in Washington.