Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit, multifaith-based housing program. Habitat invites people from the broad spectrum of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to work in partnership to build homes and hope with families in need.
The Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins branches of Habitat for Humanity have pooled their resources with groups in Muskoka. A new regional organization has been created called Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 20.05.2016
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Port McNicoll Renovation
The Habitat home renovation in Port McNicoll is almost complete. A family has been selected and has been working hard at their Sweat Equity by completing some of the painting and finishing touches. Their move in date is July 1st!
All of this progress has been made possible by the generosity of a number of people.
Pictured here are Diane, Lydia, Gilliene, Mim, Cathy and our project manager Jeff (with Marg behind the camera).
The Midland Home Hardware Crew generously gave their time and materials. Two of that crew are pictured but many more showed up to help out. A big shout out to Kevin and his staff for making this project so much easier. The house was painted top to bottom in one day!
Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work. Your support makes all the difference!
In This Issue: * ReStore Donations
* Port McNicoll Renovation
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Parry Sound 4th Annual Giant Yard Sale
* Huntsville Firefighters Take on Band on the Run
* Volunteers Wanted
* Orillia ReStore Shopper
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build by donating 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 visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community!
More often than not working for a non-profit requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. I don't mean this in the context of inefficiency, but rather, teamwork gets the job done. As I mentioned in my column last week, a group approach finds different, collaborative ways to a solution.
On Monday this week, that meant a group of staff from our office and ReStores as well as a handful of dedicated volunteers headed to Midland to help with a salvage. I'm certain this falls under "other duties as assigned" on our job descriptions. Through the handiwork of our procurement team, Habitat Gateway North had the opportunity to remove cabinets, fixtures and more from a mall under new ownership and headed for a renovation.
I love my work in the office, but occasionally, it is a great deal of fun to be "out in the field". Stepping outside of one's regular duties gives perspective on all of the roles within this organization. Some heavy lifting (and figuring out how to get THIS cabinet through THAT door) certainly makes you communicate openly with the other memebrs of your team. We reviewed our priorities, broke into smaller crews and off we went to remove screws from slat wall, take out cabinets, load trucks and more. We even left a few of the areas cleaner than we had found them...
Our day at the mall had all the elements of great teamwork.
A Common Goal - We had to work together to move as much as we could in one day. Priority items were first on the trucks and then we kept going.
Celebration of Success - There were a few shelves that were not easy lifting. Getting those onto the trucks was a win for all of us (and we may have clapped a little too).
Award Performance - If a pizza lunch doesn't say reward, I don't know what does!
A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Monday and to everyone who helps out on a regular basis. I can't say thank you enough, but I'll keep trying to.
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
From the CEO's Desk
There are three basic rules in strategic communications: know your target audience, tailor your message to that audience, and deliver it through communications channels to which they’re already paying attention.
Next to finding affordable land, Habitat’s greatest challenge across North America is connecting with “our” families – families who are looking for a hand-up, not a hand-out.On Monday evening of this week, Greg Cowan, our Communications Officer, hosted a focus group session with Family Selection Committee members from across our Chapters. The goal of the session was to develop a profile of our partner family that would help us tailor our message and delivery mechanisms.
My wife Marian, a software design expert, helped facilitate the discussion. What does software have to do with people-ware? Interestingly, one of the things Marian does is develop and maintain user “personas.”
Each persona is a representative amalgam of specific users of the software, and for each there is a contrived name, head and shoulders photo, and detailed background history. Changes to the software, then, aren’t consider from Marian’s perspective or, heaven forbid, the perspective of a computer programmer, but from that of “Sarah,” a 42-year-old legal secretary and single mother of two kids, or “Tom,” a 25-year-old, single records clerk, etc.
On Monday, we focused on developing personas for “Mary” and “Frank,” one representative Habitat partner family couple (there are likely other representative singles and couples). One startling bit of information that emerged is that Frank doesn’t see himself as needing a hand-up, and if he does, he wouldn’t admit it anyway. More likely, Mary sees the benefits of partnering with Habitat and eventually “sells” Frank on the idea.
This is profound from a communications perspective. We’re still noodling over it, but, off-the-cuff, it suggests a campaign aimed not at Frank, but at the men he respects and listens to. Forget newspaper ads and even social media; reaching Frank might be through a five-minute presentation in the locker room of an old-timers’ hockey league or other forums where Frank gathers with “the boys.”
Not at all as an aside: when breast cancer screening first became available, hair-dressers were found to be one of the most effective channels for encouraging women to speak to their doctors about testing.
I’m intrigued by the information that came out of Monday’s discussion. This could be an exciting break-through in HFHOGN’s ability to reach “our” families and in our making a significant contribution within the broader family of Habitat affiliates.
Have a great long-weekend and a great week,
Huntsville Firefighters Take on Band on the Run
Huntsville Forester - ROLAND CILLIERS
The Huntsville-Lake of Bays Fire Department officially kicked off its Band on the Run fundraising efforts on May 16 with a $1,000 donation from perennial supporter Bob Bulloch. This year’s Band on the Run on June 11 marks the fifth time the ever-growing musical-themed foot race has been held, and the fire department and Bulloch have supported it since the beginning.
Fire Chief Stephen Hernen said this year the firefighters would run a set distance based on how much money is raised.
“We call it K for K, so for every $1,000 raised firefighters will run one kilometre with full gear on. We’re hoping for 10 (kilometres) and $10,000 for habitat,” said Hernen.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. Whether you're an individual, corporate team, community group, a small group of friends, with skilled experience or not, there are many different ways for you to volunteer.
We're on the hunt for volunteers to get involved in all aspects of Habitat for Humanity:
We're looking to develop skilled crews to help on our build sites. No experience required - we'll do the training!
Our Chapters in Orillia, North Simcoe, North Bay, Parry Sound, Muskoka and Sudbury are in search of committee members. Have experience on a Board? We'd love to hear from you!
ReStores are a constant bustle of activity and our volunteers assist with everything, from preparing store merchandise and receiving donations to customer service. Safety training and orientation included.
Consider helping out at one of our many fundraising events throughout the year. The time commitment, and type of opportunity vary by location.
Our Orillia ReStore staff were happy to help Indigo when she was into the store this week. Like all of our customers, she seemed to have found exactly what she was looking for. Thanks for coming by Indigo. Your smile made our week!
Don't forget, our 1-3835 Campbell Rd. location has great sales as we prepare to move to our new location at 220 James St. W. in July. You don't want to miss these deals!
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!
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 - Huntsville Build
July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction
July 9th - Grand Opening - Orillia ReStore at 220 James St. W
July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament
August - Women Build Bracebridge
September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
Quote of the Week
"Begin to live as though your prayers have already been answered." - Tony Robbins