When Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (VIN) put out the call for t-shirt sponsors for their latest build in Campbell River, two north Island businesses were quick to respond. Hub International Barton Insurance Brokers and Courtenay-based Sunwest RV each donated $1,000 towards the cost of the build t-shirts. To acknowledge their generosity and support, their company logos are featured on the back and sleeves of the colourful shirts.
“Hub International believes in giving back,” explains Courtenay Branch Manager Dorothy Tolsma. “We support the work that Habitat does in the community. Several of our clients were involved with the most recent build, so it prompted us get involved.”
“For over 30 years, Sunwest RV Centre has been about bringing our local families together and we are passionate about our local community and local charities,” says sales manager Kevin Kelly. “We are happy to be involved with Habitat for Humanity as they do an incredible service for the local community. It is what Sunwest RV Centre believes in, and we are proud to be involved with such a great organization.”
Since its first build in 2006, Habitat VIN has made a tradition of producing build t-shirts for volunteers and staff. It is a fun way to celebrate each build and to engage local businesses as sponsors, which helps cover the cost of the shirts for over 600 volunteers that work on each build. Many volunteers have worked on multiple Habitat VIN builds. They proudly wear past (and current) build shirts, as a testament to their commitment and effort, and as a badge of honour to declare that their gift of time changes lives.