Once again, I am thrilled to say that I am going to be part of an amazing group of ladies who volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity- Women’s Build Event. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me or donating to support my build day on Friday May 10th in Toronto.
A few years ago I started to search for something that would inspire me to get involved, a quick search led me to the Habitat for Humanity website. Like many others, participating on a Habitat build had always been on my bucket list. I am not sure if it was lack of time or fear of not having the skills and experience that stopped me from volunteering in the past. Then I saw it- the section for a female only build event! While reviewing the ‘Women’s Build’ I knew that no matter what skills I had, I would be able to fit in and be productive!
I rarely like to do things alone, so I reached out to a few colleagues in hopes that they would join me. Little did I know how many other ladies would be looking for a way to give back and get involved! I was shocked at the response, and came to learn that within industries that are primarily men, there is very little to bring the ladies together. Surrounded with strong, kind, confident women that have a unique ability to balance the passion for their careers while also knowing how to laugh and have fun, it was obvious that there is a need to find time to connect!
The first year at the Women’s Build left all volunteers with a feeling that I can’t put to words, knowing that the sweat and sore muscles helped to build a home for a family in-need was nothing I had felt in the past. Knowing that we can help families gain access to the same comforts that many of us simply take for granted. The build day is always exhausting, but it inspires us to do more and reminds us to appreciate what we already have. Little did I know that in my hopes of giving to those in need, I would get more out of it than they ever could!
During the build day we always have a moment where it dosen’t matter how may emails are stacking up at work, or how sore we were, we realized that we had just put a living room wall in place. Someday soon a family picture would hang on that wall, it would transform into a space that a family would feel proud to invite their friends over. Once filled with insulation and covered in drywall, that wall would keep the cold out, and give another mom the peace of mind that her kids are safe. How could you put a value on that?
It made me wonder what our fundraising will do, what impact it will have? So here is what I found:
$5,000 will pay for an insulated roof and walls so that a family will literally have a roof over their heads
$4,000 will pay for excavation and footings which will ensure a firm foundation for this home
$3,000 will purchase kitchen cabinets for after school snacks and dinner dishes
$2,500 will purchase drywall to provide a place where photos and children’s artwork can hang
$1,500 will purchase a furnace with water heater so children can play in a warm bubble bath
$1,200 will purchase a fridge and stove to provide hot meals
$1,000 will purchase flooring to allow toy cars to race across the floor
$600 will pay for landscaping to allow green grass to cushion cartwheels and somersaults
$500 will purchase interior paint to provide warm colours to brighten rooms
$250 will purchase a window to open and let the fresh air in
$100 will buy wall insulation for an entire room to keep out the summer heat and winter cold
$75 will purchase an door to allow children to do homework in the quiet of their own room
On Friday May 10th, when laying a floor, framing a door or lifting a wall in to place, we need to remember that our powerful group of ladies will contribute to purchasing items off this list and heling to build a home!!!!!
Keelan (Proud Ponytail Power Volunteer!)