Saturday, March 19, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 18.03.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
All Hands on Deck for Orillia Donation

Orillia volunteers, ReStore staff and regional office staff got together last weekend to load furniture donated by the fine folks at the Orillia Rodeway Inn. A truck coordinated with Orillia Fast Freight transported the goods from 33 hotel rooms to our regional ReStore Distribution Cnentre for sale across the region. Thank you Orillia Rodeway Inn and Orillia Fast Freight for your support of our ReStores!

Photos were taken by Orillia Chapter volunteer Carmen Agius

In This Issue:
* All Hands on Deck for Orillia Donation
* From the CEO's Desk
* South Almaguin Fundraiser
* Volunteer Spotlight
* Putting the FUN in Fundraising
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build bydonating online or joining our Women Build Team. Find out more by contacting usor calling (705) 646-0106 x205.
* 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 Community!

Amongst the growing list of projects we have on-the-go across our region, a larger portion of my week was focussed on Women Build planning. I am incredibly enthusiastic about this project, the team coming together and the opportunity for the whole community to partake in something special.

Let's take a detour for a moment to explore why I think a Women Build is such an extraordinary concept. One word: feminism. Now, I know some of you probably just balked or scoffed or even stopped reading. The word feminism is misleading and, unfortunately, has many misconceptions surrounding it. The true definition of feminism is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.

Reviewing the national statistics, less than 15% of build site volunteers on Habitat for Humanity construction projects are female. However, 50%  of all Habitat for Humanity volunteers are female (ReStore, office, committees, etc.). Why the gap? There could be any number of reasons and there probably isn't just one reason. In my mind, the real challenge is how to bridge that gap.

"It doesn’t matter what measurement is around our thigh, it matters what you put out into the world. It matters how many times a day you smile, and are you good to the people in your life. Are you good to the people you work with? Are you good to your family and your friends? Are you good to your community? Those are the things that make a person beautiful." - Sophia Bush

Feminism is about equality in all things for both sexes. Women Build is not about excluding men. It's about engaging women and providing opportunity to learn, grow and prosper. Women Build is about engaging the community, sharing skills, creating partnerships and having fun while we're at it.

Working on our plan for Women Build this week, it became abundantly clear to me how unique this project is. Across our region, our Chapters are managed by strong, talented volunteers; men and women. Our ReStores are operated by strong, talented staff; men and women. Our regional office is handled by strong, talented staff; men and women. Our builds should be no different.

Our Women Build this summer is not to be missed! If you want to take part, get in touch by email or by calling (705) 646-0106 x205.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

I have a dear friend who happens to be female and who happens to have a year up on me. A number of years ago, while comparing notes from the road, we agreed our 40s was a time of growing comfortable with ourselves, our 50s a time of growing militant about it. When you’ve accepted the less-than-perfect you for who you are, it gets nothing but easier to thumb yer’ nose at those who don’t.

Our conversation opened my eyes to the waves of maturation I now see rocking my peer group. A few years ago for instance, seemingly overnight, more and more friends were opting for retirement, not at all because they were financially secure, but because they were feeling an urgent need for life to be more than a nine-to-five tether to a pay cheque.

Of late, I notice I’m finding warmish humour in the sorts of human behaviour that once would have driven me crazy. If conversations with my friends are to be believed, they’re noticing similar blessings befalling their lives. I guess acceptance of our less-than-perfect selves also makes it easier to accept less-than-perfect others.

The evolutionary nature of life has been on my mind this week as a staffing change has taken shape – one that a younger version of me would have described as unusual; one, this version of me, sees as entirely fitting.

Donna Godfrey has served as our Director of Development and Communications since August of last year. Being somewhat of the same vintage as me, Donna has also come around to the firm conviction that life and therefore work should generally be fun. To that end, Donna will take up a new role on Monday as Assistant Manager of our Orillia ReStore.

Anyone who has had contact with Donna will understand my excitement with having her upbeat energy in a leadership role as we gear-up to move the Orillia store to its new location for early July. I think it’s just as easy to appreciate why the prospect of dealing with the public all day strikes Donna as fun. We wish her thanks for her contributions to HFHOGN to date and best of luck in her new role.

Have a great week…and have some fun!

Volunteer Spotlight

Brenda Crewson has been a super star volunteer at the Bracebridge ReStore since January 2016. She is friendly, hard working and always willing to lend a hand. Last Friday, everyone at the ReStore had the pleasure of meeting her outgoing son Cameron. Cameron was thrilled to see his mom volunteering in the ReStore and was eager to help bag customers purchases and organize merchandise. Brenda and Cameron are most definitely a dynamic duo and we hope to have the pair return to help out again soon!
Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Fundraising can be a difficult job. Triumph, anxiety, nerves, failure and success are all in a day’s work. So when we came across this article, it seemed fitting to share.

What’s the best fundraising advice for nonprofits in 2016?

I hope fundraisers will make 2016 the year they really get into their donors’ heads and hearts. Start really talking to donors in their donors’ worlds, not their own.  To talk about the cause on the donors’ terms — which means meeting your non-experts where they are, not trying to educate them first. Your fundraising really takes off when you stop trying to make fundraising make sense for yourself and your colleagues and instead aim at real-life donors. This means make everything you say simpler and more emotional. This is a difficult step to take, but the sky’s the limit once you make it your rule to meet donors where they are! —Jeff Brooks, Future Fundraising Now

Master, truly master, the tenets of what it means to be donor-centered. Donor centricity goes beyond throwing a few ‘you’s’ in your web copy. It goes to a deep love of humanity and the partners who make your work possible. —Pamela Grow, Pamela Grow Consulting

Change the story you’re telling yourself about your fundraising efforts. You’re not bugging people or “begging.” You are giving people an amazing opportunity to invest in something they care deeply about. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and ask them! —Marc A. Pitman, Fundraising Coach

Thank the donors you have. Tell them specifically about what their gifts have made possible. Make them feel something and ask them to do more. Grow your relationship with the donors you have before you look for new donors. The grass isn’t greener! Love the one you’re with. —Rory Green, Fundraiser Grrl

Source: The Nonprofit Hub

If you're a donor, how do you want to be recognized? How often do you want to hear about your donation at work? Let us know!
Save the Dates

We have several events already scheduled for this year, run by our Chapter Committees and third party groups. So mark your calendars or contact us to get involved!

March 19th - South Almaguin Fundraiser, Concert and Dessert Night featuring the Fern Glen Fiddleheads. Admission by donation. Birchdale Community Church starting at 7 p.m.

June 11th - Band on the Run in support of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

June 16th - Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club

June 23rd - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

June 24th/25th - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

June/July - Women Build Bracebridge

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
Quote of the Week

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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