GI Area Habitat for Humanity raises thousands with aluminum cans

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - There are lots of things you can do with an empty aluminum can, but the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity has an idea for you.

Ace Hardware in Grand Island is one of three drop-off locations for the GI Area Habitat for Humanity's "Cans for Habitat" program. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

When you finish your pop or energy drink, you can recycle your empty aluminum can at one of 12 drop-off locations for the GI Area Habit for Humanity.

It's part of the organization's "Cans for Habitat" program, which they've been doing for about 18 years. Habitat brings the cans to Kramer's Auto & Iron Inc. who then writes them a check per pound of aluminum.

"What we're able to do is recycle the recycling money into projects that we're building. We need money to be able to pay for construction materials on all of the houses that we build," said Dana Jelinek, executive director of the GI Area Habitat for Humanity.

Over the course of a year, Habitat raises anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 through their recycling program. Throughout the years, they've collected more than 36 million cans, and raised more than $900,000.

"All those cans together can make a huge impact on our community. It really kept our affiliate afloat during some of those leaner years early on, and now it just supplements what we're able to do in the community," Jelinek said.

You can bring your aluminum cans to Ace Hardware in Grand Island, Pump & Pantry along Stolley Park Road in Grand Island, and the Pump & Pantry in Doniphan. For more locations near you, you can call the GI Area Habitat for Humanity at (308) 385-5510.