Habitat for Humanity to receive $75,000 from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

PERU Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Clinton County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is the recipient of a $75,000 donation made by the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made May 9 in a press release from Harriet Burrell, president of the Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Burrell stated the funding will support the organizations mission to eliminate substandard housing in Clinton County by providing economically disadvantaged residents with "simple, decent and affordable housing." The donation will be used to build the next Habitat house in the northern tier of Clinton County as a legacy to Wyeth, its commitment to give back to the community and the Wyeth employees who will volunteer their time to help the Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity team build this new house. "This is an amazing gift to the people of Clinton County," Burrell stated. "Wyeths donation will fund the construction of a brand new house in the Rouses Point area as well as help fund other housing projects internationally." "It is with heartfelt gratitude that I offer thanks to Wyeth for their significant contribution to our cause," she continued. "Never before in our nine-year history has one organization single-handedly made such an impact. To help show our gratitude, our board of directors has agreed to build our next house using these funds in the Rouses Point area." An official presentation ceremony will be held Monday, May 12, at the building site of the current Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity home on Hill Street in Keeseville. The presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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