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Cans for Habitat celebrates 10th anniversary with new grant program designed to reward more Habitat affiliates

ARLINGTON, Va., and ATLANTA (May 24, 2007) — In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Cans for Habitat announces a new grant program open to all U.S.-based Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Over the past 10 years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country have been implementing local can recycling programs with the proceeds going to help build homes in partnership with families in need as part of Habitat’s mission. This new grant program provides the opportunity for affiliates to not only reap the benefits of record-high values in aluminum, but also to earn a monthly grant starting this summer and continuing through the fall.

Since 1997, approximately 17 million pounds of aluminum cans have been recycled through the Cans for Habitat program, generating $6.3 million that has gone toward the construction of Habitat homes.

“We are very proud of the efforts of the affiliates involved in the program over the past 10 years,” said Patrick Kelly, program director for Cans for Habitat. “The affiliates have been able to turn aluminum cans into homes for families in need while also helping the environment and we want to do all we can to continue to find ways to reward their outstanding efforts.”

Starting in June, Cans for Habitat will be awarding monthly $5,000 grants to the Habitat affiliate that recycles and reports online the most pounds of aluminum cans. This new grant program will allow Cans for Habitat to reward many well-deserving affiliates for their efforts and gives affiliates a chance to receive money for their programs throughout the year.

There will also be a $30,000 grant prize awarded at the end of the year to the affiliate that recycles the most pounds of aluminum and demonstrates the best overall marketing and media outreach for their local program.

Aluminum recycling has been a successful endeavor for Habitat affiliates. In 2006 alone, participating affiliates recycled almost 500,000 pounds, generating about $400,000 in revenue. To support these recycling programs, the aluminum industry provides services and program materials to more than 1,000 participating affiliates nationwide along with donating close to $2 million in grants. The program provides affiliates with recycling bins and banners, marketing materials, and public relations assistance.

All interested Habitat affiliates are welcome to participate in the 2007 grant program. For more information on Cans for Habitat and how to sign up, visit

About the Aluminum Association
The Aluminum Association is the trade association for producers of primary aluminum, recyclers and companies that produce semi-fabricated aluminum products. The association also welcomes suppliers to the producer industry. Based in Arlington, Va., with offices in Detroit, Mich., the association provides leadership to the industry through its programs and services. These aim to enhance aluminum’s position in a world of proliferating materials; increase its use as the “material of choice”; remove impediments to its fullest use; and assist in achieving the industry’s environmental, societal and economic objectives. Member companies operate about 200 plants in the United States and many conduct business worldwide. For more information, visit

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit