The building, development and professional renovation industry does more than just build homes. Members of the industry spend countless hours and many thousands of dollars every year giving back to the communities they are working to create.
Among the industry’s many philanthropic initiatives is BILD’s community partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA, the local arm of the well regarded charity that builds affordable homes for low-income families.
The partnership has been in existence since 2003 and has only strengthened as the years have gone by. It’s a perfect fit – we’re both in the business of building homes.
BILD members support Habitat through a series of fundraisers such as athletic tournaments, industry gatherings and more, which raise several thousands of dollars each year.
Proceeds from all of these fundraising efforts help Habitat build homes for its partner families. Each year, BILD is given the privilege of presenting a family with keys to their new home. This year our partner family is the Mohammeds, a family of seven currently living in a rented poorly maintained home in an unsafe neighbourhood.
Many hundreds of members took part in this year’s fundraisers, which included baseball and volleyball tournaments, two golf tournaments and a city-wide scavenger hunt. A cycling event will take place later this year.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year was our annual BBQ In July. More than 600 people attended the social gathering to network while raising money for Habitat. Fundraising was done through ticket sales and a silent auction.
All of these fundraising events are made possible thanks to member volunteers who spend a significant amount of time planning activities, calling sponsors, creating promotional materials and more. Their support is a major contributor to the success of our partnership with Habitat and a testament to our members’ commitment to giving back.
Another way our industry supports Habitat is by volunteering their time on job sites and contributing to the actually building of homes. Whether they are experienced tradespeople or office workers with no construction experience, our members roll up their sleeves and work on one of Habitat’s construction sites.
This year our group spent a very hot August day framing, putting in insulation, placing vapour barriers and installing casement windows in semi-detached homes being constructed on Birchmount Road. It was an incredible experience for them knowing that in just a few months the site will be home to nine families.
Many of our members companies also have their own Habitat build days, and it’s not uncommon to hear of individual volunteers returning to a site for a second or third time. Members also support Habitat by hosting their own fundraisers, donating furniture and or building materials to the ReStore, and providing expertise to Habitat.