Recycling is always for a worthy cause - helping the environment. But what if you could help your community in other ways in conjunction with recycling? Well, you can! There are several wonderful volunteer opportunities that provide us with exactly that chance. Wow, how's that for a one-two punch?
The Aluminum Association has officially introduced a CANS for CAUSES program, which began on January 1, 2009. CANS for CAUSES is designed to support ALL organizations in their effort to recycle. CANS for CAUSES will be a resource tool for groups like Habitat for Humanity, Schools, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lions Club, Rotary Clubs, YMCAs, Hospitals, College and Universities, PTAs, etc.
This program is a great way to involve your kids, teens, church group, classroom, your entire community in an activity that benefits a very worthy cause. This program also helps kids get involved in volunteering and community service at a young age. Give kids a chance and they'll prove that they can easily recycle and volunteer. This can help them gain a better understanding of community needs and create a firm foundation to grow into socially active and responsible adults.
Some facts about the Aluminum Association's previous program, "Cans for Habitat", where they partnered with Habitat for Humanity:
|There are currently more than 600 Cans for Habitat affiliates participating in the program.|
|To date, approximately 11.3 million pounds of aluminum cans have been recycled - an equivalent of $4 million dollars raised by and for Habitat affiliates as part of the Cans for Habitat program. That equates to 88 houses!|
|If every American recycled one can today, Habitat could build 56 homes tomorrow.|
|Americans recycled $800 million worth of cans in 2003 - just one percent of that figure could build 160 Habitat for Humanity homes! Every can really does count!|
|Habitat for Humanity International estimates that more than 3.5 million families are in need of simple, decent housing in America today.|
If you have another cause that you would prefer to work for, simply coordinate a community recycling drive that would benefit your organization. For more information on how to set up a recycling drive, please take a look at the Newspaper Recycling section of our site.
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