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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 13 townhomes at our new Brampton build site. 

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, you will be registered as the team captain for your team. Make sure to share your team page with your friends and family so they too can join your Women Build 2018 team! Creating a team does not mean the rest of your team is registered. Each joining member of your team will need to register their own self in order to participate in the event and on your team.

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 and we will be happy to start your team for you! 

Do I need to register again if I participated last year?
No, you do not need to register again for the 2018 Women Build if you have participated last year in 2017.

Once you have chosen your build day, you will be prompted to enter your 2017 username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, the system will send you an email (using the email you signed up with last year) with your username and a link to reset your password.

Please note:  If you did not participate in Women Build 2017, but have prior to 2017, you will need to create a new user.

I'm having troubles registering online. Is there an alternative way I can register?

Not to worry! You can complete the registration form found under "Resources" and submit to events@habitatgta.ca at your earliest convenience. You will then receive a confirmation email once we have processed your registration. 

Is there a registration fee?
Yes. There is a registration fee of $50 per participant. 

Why is there a registration fee?
The registration fee helps to cover the costs of running this large signature event, which includes 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 directly 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 used to cover 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 the maximum is 10. However, each day has a maximum of 40 people allowed on the build site. 

Can I reserve build spots for those wishing to join my team?
No, you cannot reserve spots for those wishing to join your team. We encourage all Team Captains to ensure that they get those interested in joining the team to sign up as soon as possible so that they don't miss out! 

Can I sign up for more than one build day?
We love your enthusiasm! Unfortunately though, 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 if the system is not prompting you. 

Fundraising

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

Why does it prompt a minimum fundraising goal of $550 when I go to register?
The system will automatically prompt a fundraising commitment of $550, note that this value includes your $50 registration fee, you will be responsible for fundraising $500. 

Why at the time of payment does it indicate a "Maximum Future Payment"?
Maximum Future Payment (Delayed Self-Pledge) indicates the amount that we will charge your credit card if you have not met the full fundrasing minimum by May 31st, 2018. In addition to the $50 registration fee, your fundraising commitment is $500. If you have not raised that amount by May 31st, your card will be charged the remaining fundraising amount -  but will not exceed $500.

However, as you do begin to fundraise, this maximum future payment amount will decrease. If you have met or successed the minimum fundraising goal, then we will not charge your credit card.

To learn more about Delayed Self-Pledge, please visit the "ABOUT" tab. 

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

If I am a part of a team, does each team member need to meet the minimum fundraising goal?
Yes. If you are a part of a team, each member of that team is responsible for fundraising $500 each.

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 of 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 May 31st, 2018.

What happens if I have not reached my $500 fundraising goal by May 31st?
If you have not raised the minimum fundraising goal of $500 by May 31st, we will charge your registered credit card the outstanding amount. You will receive a tax receipt for the outstanding amount.

If I have set my fundraising goal higher than the minimum goal of $500 and do not meet this goal by May 31st, will I be charged the outstanding amount?
No. You will only be charged if you have not met the minimum fundraising goal. If you fall short of your own fundraising, but have met or surpassed $500, you will not be charged.

How long will general donations be accepted for?
We are accepting general donations until May 31, 2018.  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.

However, we welcome the opportunity if you wish to make a personal donation or fundraise in addition to your sponsored spot.

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.

*If you do not have an email in your inbox within 30 minutes of making the donation online, please check spam and junk folders.

Other Ways To Support

How can my company sponsor Women Build?
We are still seeking corporate sponsorship for Women Build 2018, 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 Noah Kravitz, Communications Manager at noah.kravitz@habitatgta.ca or 416-755-7353 ext. 243