Saturday, March 5, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 04.03.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Women Build 2016

In case you missed it, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North's Donna Godfrey joined hosts Steve Brooks and Katrina Scarlett of Spotlight on Bracebridge to speak about the Women Build taking place this summer in Bracebridge. Listen to the interview on Hunters Bay Radio.

Stay tuned for more exciting details on our Women Build in the coming weeks!
In This Issue:
* Women Build 2016
* From the CEO's Desk
* Volunteers at Work
* Fundraising with Donna
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
* Habitat Canada has launched the Brick for Brick Campaign. 1 in 5 Canadian families are living in unstable homes. But little by little, a brick for brick, you can help bring stability to the lives of many children from low income families. Because you're not just helping us put a roof over their head, you're helping us put the ground beneath their feet. For full details on the campaign
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

I was perusing Twitter last night when I came across a tweet that said "What Successful Famous Person Are You Most Like?". So, of course, I needed to know the secret to how I could also be successful and famous and clicked through. Big surprise: there was no real secret in the article. However, its focus was on personality traits and specifically led to a Myers-Briggs type personality assessment.

I took 10 minutes to complete the assessment, answering as truthfully and intuitively as I could. The assessment streams you into one of 16 personality types, in four main categories. My result: The Advocate (INFJ). I read through the description, traits, strengths, weaknesses, with an eerie sense that I was being followed around and reported on. This assessment was on point!

Of course, I was further intrigued, so I continued reading about the other personality types (this was one of those cases where you say you'll be on Twitter for 5 minutes and suddenly, you're down the rabbit hole.) While you may think or feel a personality assessment has no bearing on anything, completing the assessment was an exercise in self-reflection for me. It illuminated why certain jobs made me cringe while others invigorated me.

Reading the different personality traits, I found myself thinking of people in my life, both personal and work-related, summed up by the definitions. While some personalities may clash, we all need a healthy assortment of personalities in our lives. There's a reason you're drawn to the friend you call when you need a pick-me-up or the co-worker you can always rely on to have a new innovative idea.

If you haven't before, I suggest you take 10 minutes to complete the assessment, or one like it. Doing so may show you hidden strengths, possible career paths, maybe even how to be successful and famous. At the very least, it's a conversation starter.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

Some ReStore updates to share, beginning with February being another stellar month for our stores.  To mix metaphors, our sales for the month blew those of February 2015 out of the water and out of the park! Congratulations and thanks to our wonderful team of managers and staff.

It certainly isn’t news at this point that our Orillia ReStore is on the move. But after months of scouting out new quarters and negotiating a lease agreement, the move is now official. We’ll be setting up shop at 220 James Street West, immediately east of “fast food lane” on Memorial Avenue.

Our tentative plan is to do a “soft” opening in the new location on July 2nd, spend the first week working out the kinks, and then do a grand opening on July 9th.

Our new landlord and his crew are busy this week stripping out dividing walls to open up a 9,200 square foot space for us. When we take possession in early May, the walls will be freshly painted and the floor scrubbed down. We’ll then have a couple of months to partition washrooms, a receiving area, office, and lunchroom/meeting space.

After seeing the impact of a fresh coat of floor paint on the appearance of our Midland ReStore, I expect we’ll give Orillia the same treatment before racking it up and filling its shelves.

Much of the initial stocking of the new location will come from Habitat Canada’s national ReStore Distribution Centre in Brampton. This gives us both the opportunity and need to “clear” the contents of our current location. That effort begins in earnest next week.

After initially planning to move sooner than later on the opening of a North Bay ReStore, we’re taking pause to scout alternative and much larger space in Sudbury. With a market ten-times that of Bracebridge, our leading ReStore, a tremendous and thus far untapped northern opportunity awaits us.

I’m counting on our Orillia relocation serving as a training run for a Sudbury move as well as the delayed opening of North Bay.

Have a great week,

Volunteers at Work

A group of our volunteers had some fun at the Bracebridge ReStore this week sorting and packaging cutlery. It's the little things that help make our ReStores look in tip-top shape. And it's great volunteers like Jenny, Rebecca, Cameron, Mike and Sarah who fill our ReStores with laughter, fun, and friendship. Thank you all for all of your hard work!
Fundraising with Donna: Planned or Strategic Giving

I don’t know about you, but I like the term “strategic giving” as opposed to planned giving.  Many prefer “planned giving” as that’s how it has always been known. But you may also hear terms such as deferred giving, legacy giving, or estate giving. Regardless of what you call it, it simply is a method to leave money or assets to a nonprofit of your choice upon death and is included in your will.

It has been said that the reason donors don’t often consider a planned gift is because it forces them to think about death – their death in particular. And then there are those who don’t even know what it is. If you fall into this category, please read on.

Here are a few things to consider about planned giving:
  • To some donors, the idea of knowing their planned gift could continue to support the work of their favourite charity is rewarding.
  • Donor's gifts may be recognized in very special and unique ways within their chosen charity, eg. a Habitat tribute build (based on the gift value).
  • Donors can direct/designate their gift in the area of most interest to them.
  • Donors receive a tax benefit or advantages permitted under government guidelines.
HFHOGN recently joined the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County. That’s the first step!

For more information, please contact Donna Godfrey, Director of Development and Communications at 705-646-0106 x209 or
Quote of the Week

"Change doesn't come in nickels and dimes. It comes in dedication and sweat." - Toni Sorenson

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