Saturday, May 31, 2014

Join Me! Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity GTA #WB2014 #PGMom

Things are gearing up for Habitat GTA's Women Build 2014. Caroline and I have had lots of emails and even an in-person meeting with the Habitat and P&G organisers to set our plans in action. We are now ready to announce a few more details of our participation, and to share everything you need to know in order to get involved with our build! You know, just in case you'd like to come join us, or support our fundraising efforts :)

We will be participating on the first day of the build in Scarborough, Monday, September 15. This is a full day commitment, from 7:30am-4:00pm, and the build site is at Brimley and Lawrence.

Know what's awesome? You don't need any experience to be able to participate. The crew leaders will teach you what you need to know and will assign tasks appropriate to your skill level. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Even safety boots! All you need to bring along is your enthusiasm and a great attitude. You may also want to wear something you don't mind getting dirty. Like, real dirty. Just in case.

Women Build 2013
I am just starting to recruit for my personal team, and am super hoping to get a team of 10 great women together, ready to take on this challenge. Do you think you're up for it? It'll be fun! (And tiring, yes. But, fun!) If you are available and want to join in on September 15, you can follow these steps to register as a member of the Raising My Boys crew:

To join my team, visit the Raising My Boys Team Page, and click on "Join Team."
Select the option "VIP Reservations: Toronto." (next)
Select "RESERVED: Raising My Boys." (next)
Read and accept the waiver. (next)
You will see that you are joining this team. (next)
Fill in your contact information to register, or register with Facebook. Whichever you prefer!
Follow through the final details and email me at if you need any help.

Then you can share the link to your personal fundraising page via your social channels or by email. Online donations are super easy for your sponsors, or you can collect money in person (cash or cheque) and enter the details online to keep track.

As our team is sponsored by P&G, team members will not be required to raise the usual minimum of $500 each. However, I am asking that all of my team members do at least some fundraising, without the stress of having to meet a minimum level. Let's see how much we can bring in for this worthy cause!

Did you know that 100% of donations go directly to building the homes? All administrative costs of Habitat are covered by Re-Store sales.

This year's GTA Women Build has a goal of raising $1 Million and helping to build 33 simple and affordable homes, breaking the cycle of poverty for 33 families in need.

Here are some more images from my build last September at the Acme II site: WW - #WBTO w/linky. That was not a typical build day, due to the weather. But in spite of the rain and mud, my crew had an amazing time. The energy on the build site is so positive and uplifting. We all knew we were there doing something really important for local families in need.

When I got to attend the Key Dedication ceremony this week, I was so honoured to be able to meet the family now living in the home I helped to build. When their 12 year-old daughter came up to me to say a personal thank-you, my heart may have burst just a little. My contribution to their home was quite small in all honesty, but everyone who had a hand in the construction and fundraising played a crucial role in giving this lovely family a safe and welcoming place to call home. It meant a lot to me to see the real people benefiting from the work of Habitat and to experience the wonderful community among the partner families living in this development. That experience really brought it full circle and only served to deepen my commitment to this organisation.
Aren't these homes lovely? They are even nicer on the inside. Habitat homes are quality, comfortable, and spacious.
So, come join me!!! We will have an amazing day in support of an important cause! Unleash your inner Super Woman! 
I know she's in there!

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