Women rolling up sleeves for Habitat for Humanity P.E.I.

Fundraising goal of $100,000 set to help provide home to family

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 22, 2014

Meghan Noel, left, resource development with Habitat for Humanity P.E.I., and Habitat board members Kim Reddin, right, and Kim Horrelt are gearing up for an ambitious new campaign to raise $100,000 to build a home in Harrington for a deserving family.

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Plenty of women power is being sought to get a deserving family into a home they can call their own.

Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. is looking to rally 100 women to help fundraise $100,000 in 100 days before moving on to hammer away at constructing a house.

Meaghan Noel, who is in charge of resource development for Habitat P.E.I., says the fundraising will run from June to September. She has pulled together 100 different fundraising suggestions for the participants in the campaign.

Construction is set to begin in October in Harrington with as many as 100 different women taking turns working under the close guidance of construction managers and journeymen carpenters.

Habitat would like to see women interested in participating in the campaign meet at McMillan Hall at UPEI at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 26.

“Women involved in this build will also have the opportunity to network with other socially responsible women in our community, as well as develop a relationship with the partner family,’’ says Noel.

“Make this summer memorable for one family.’’

Noel says the thought behind having women do all the fundraising and a good deal of the building is because single mothers make up the bulk of applicants for a Habitat home.

Board member Kim Horrelt hopes the new initiative is a success and grows into an annual fundraising campaign. She says tackling a build, from fundraising to construction, is a major undertaking.

Over the years, though, the public has stepped up to help both by donating money and providing free labour.

“Certainly Habitat, I think, rings really strong with people and they can see the benefit and really want to come out,’’ says Horrelt.

“You see somebody with a family and they are trying hard...(it is rewarding) when you see the success and the happiness when people have their own place that they can call home.’’

Habitat PEI is a non-profit organization providing affordable home ownership for Islanders of limited income, so as to empower them to improve their social and economic future.

Families repay a zero interest mortgage with affordable payments based on their income.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has built 41 homes in P.E.I.

To make a donation or to learn more about the organization, call 902-367-3559 or visit www.habitatpei.ca.