Renowned American anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The message in this famous quote is the foundation of an exciting new initiative being launched by Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) this spring. ‘Women Build 2018’ is designed to harness ‘woman-power’ to inspire women in the Comox Valley to band together to help raise money and support for Habitat’s 10-unit Lake Trail Road development. Construction of the first four homes is set to commence in April.
Proudly sponsored by the Comox Valley Women’s Business Network, Women Build has two components. The first is a 100 day fundraising challenge (March 23rd to June 30th) where 100 women will be challenged to create teams or individually fundraise $1,000 each. The goal is to raise $100,000 towards building homes with local families. Women Build champions are also encouraged to strap on their tool belts and trade their high heels for steel-toed boots to volunteer on the Courtenay build site from mid-April until the end of October.
“That $100,000 goal might raise eyebrows,” says Habitat VIN’s Community Engagement Manager, Terri Perrin, “but I believe that it is attainable because we live in such a supportive community. And, if you look at it using ‘The Power of 10’, it is not so daunting. If you form a team and ask 10 friends to each donate $10 … and then they each invite 10 more friends to donate $10, you will not only meet but exceed that $1,000 goal in short order. We can do it! Just remember what Margaret Mead said!”
“The next question people ask is, ‘Why a Women Build? What about the men?'” adds Perrin. “We encourage men to join in the fun (and fundraising) too, but we want to make it clear that Women Build is not about excluding anyone, it is about involving and empowering women to volunteer on the construction site, an industry that has been historically dominated by men.”
Women Build 2018 will kick off with a launch party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd at the K’omoks Band Hall located at 3320 Comox (Dyke) Road, behind the iHos Gallery. Both women and men are invited to come out to meet future Habitat homeowner families, learn about the Lake Trail project and volunteer opportunities, and to learn how to get involved in this initiative. There will be a dessert bar featuring treats donated by local companies, ‘Builder Challenge’ games, and door prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The Women Build Launch Party is by donation, but attendees are asked to RSVP at: womenbuildvin.eventbrite.com.
If you are interested in becoming a Women Build champion through sponsorship or by forming or joining a team, visit www.HabitatNorthIsland.com/WomenBuild or contact Terri at 250-218-4952 or email Terri@HabitatNorthIsland.com.