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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About Women Build

Is there a minimum age?
Yes. The minimum age to participate is 16. If you are under the age of 18, you must obtain parental or legal guardian consent before completing the online application. Also, a parent or guardian must be present to electronically consent to the terms and conditions.

What are we building?
We will be helping to build 50 stacked townhomes at Pinery Trail.

Do I need construction expertise or experience?
No. You do not require construction experience to participate. Our talented volunteer Crew Leaders will show you the ropes.

Do I need my own equipment?
No. We will provide you with a hardhat, boots, tool belt, gloves, safety vests, safety glasses and tools.

What should I wear?
We build in rain, snow or shine, so dress for the weather and wear layers that you can add/remove. Loose, comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty is recommended, as are extra socks to ensure your boots fit well. Long pants are required. 

If you have your own work boots, you may bring them to wear, but they must have a steel toe. We will have boots on site for you if you do not have them.

Do I need to be a woman to build? 
Women Build is our event that focuses primarily on including and empowering women. We welcome everyone to come together as a group to support the work of Habitat GTA during this event while focusing on the empowerment of women. 

Registration (Individuals & Teams)

I’m ready to sign up! What do I do?
On womebuildgta.ca, click the tab, “REGISTER TO BUILD”. From here, you will be guided through the sign up procedure.

How do I set up a team?
On womenbuildgta.ca, click the tab, “TEAMS”. From the drop down menu, choose the second option, “Start Your Own Team”. From there, you will be guided through the sign up procedure. Once completed, both you and your team page will be registered for Women Build 2017.

Please note that when you create a team, you are automatically made Team Captain. If you would like a different member from your team to be Captain, please contact events@habitatgta.ca.

I signed up as an individual but would now like to start a team. What do I do?
Please contact events@habitatgta.ca indicating what you would like your team name to be and your fundraising goal.

Do I need to register again if I participated last year?
Yes, you do need to register again for the 2017 Women Build.

Why is there a registration fee?
The registration fee helps to cover the costs of running this large signature event, which include event exclusive t-shirts, food, tents, safety gear, administration, and data processing; we try to keep these costs as low as possible by working with sponsors. This fee ensures that the donated funds go to building homes.

Are registration fees refundable? Can they be transferred to another participant?
No, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do registration fees apply towards the fundraising minimum?
No, registration fees do not go towards the fundraising minimum as they are directed to covering costs associated with the event.

Are registration fees tax receiptable?
No, CRA guidelines determines registration fees are not tax receiptable.  

Can people from the same team build on different days?
Yes, people from the same team can build on different days.

What is the minimum or maximum number of people per team?
The minimum number of people on a team is 2, and there is no maximum. However, each day has a maximum of 100 people allowed on the build site. If you have a team of 10 or more and would like to ensure availability for all team members on a single day, please contact us at events@habitatgta.ca to have spots reserved up to 2 weeks.  After two weeks, if you have not registered, the spots will be released.

Can I sign up for more than one build day?
We love your enthusiasm! But unfortunately, we only allow individuals to build on one day during Women Build because of the high demand for spots.

I can’t log in because I have forgotten my Username or Password.
Please contact us at events@habitatgta.ca.

Fundraising

What is the fundraising commitment?
The minimum fundraising commitment is $500 per participant.

How will I raise the $500 minimum?
Email us at events@habitatgta.ca or visit the ‘Resources’ page on womenbuildgta.ca or ideas and tips.

Do we accept donations online?
Yes. On womenbuildgta.ca, click the ‘Donate’ button located in the top right hand corner of the page.

Do we accept donations by mail?
Yes. On womenbuildgta.ca, we have a printable donation form in the RESOURCE section. Print and Mail this form in with your cheque. Please do not mail cash.

If you send donations through mail, please ensure you include the participant’s name and email address you wish to make the donation towards.

Is there a minimum donation amount?
No, there is no minimum donation amount.  If you or your supporters make a donation online, gifts over $5 will receive a tax receipt.  If you make a donation through mail, only gifts over $20 will be receipted.  This is to help us reduce our administrative costs.

Can I collect cash and cheque donations?
Yes. If you are going to collect cheques or cash donations, record their contact and gift information on the Pledge Form found under the ‘Resources’ section the website. Bring the sheet, cash and cheques with you on your build day in an envelope.

When must I have my $500 fundraised by?
You must have your minimum of $500 fundraised by the date you have chosen to participate. An email will be provided 3 weeks prior to your event date indicating the outstanding amount.

What happens if I have not reached my $500 fundraising goal by my chosen participation date?
Rarely participants are unable to make their minimum $500 fundraising goal. In this case, participants are able to make a donation to cover the outstanding amount of their minimum fundraising goal upon day of event registration. You will receive a tax receipt for the amount donated.  

How long will general donations be accepted for?
We are accepting general donations until September 30, 2017.  However, you must have at least $500 of your fundraising goal by the date you build.

Do I have to fundraise if my company or organization is sponsoring the event?
No. As a sponsor of the event, a certain number of build spots have been allocated for your company or organization. Additionally, registration fees and minimum individual fundraising commitments do not apply. 

Tax Receipts

Do I get a tax receipt for making a donation?
Yes. Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area provides tax receipts for all gifts made offline over $20. If you make your gift online, all gifts over $5 will receive a tax receipt by email.

When will Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area send out tax receipts for Women Build donations?
If you donate online, you’ll receive an electronic tax receipt shortly after you donate. Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area will issue tax receipts for offline donations over $20 within 2 to 3 weeks of the gift date.

Other Ways To Support

How can my company sponsor Women Build?
We are still seeking corporate sponsorship for Women Build 2017, as well as swag for our gift bags and fundraising incentive prizes. We offer great recognition and corporate engagement opportunities. If you think you can help, or would like more information, please contact Emily Delaney at emily.delaney@habitatgta.ca 905.868.4642 x 31.

How do I become an Event Assistant volunteer for Women Build?
Event Assistants are needed to help ensure a good build day for our Women Build participants. You can help with registration, lunch, set up, tear down and more. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at events@habitatgta.ca.

How can I help promote Women Build?
You can spread the word by including Women Build in your social media updates, company newsletter, website, and through word of mouth. We also recommend sharing the event poster found under the “RESOURCES” tab on the website.

Who do I contact for media inquiries?
For media enquiries, more information, photographs and/or videos, contact Joanna Dwyer at Joanna.dwyer@habitatgta.ca or 416-755-7353 ext. 259