/R E P E A T -- Over 600 women to build on 29-home development and complete six homes by Mother's Day/

Habitat for Humanity Toronto will host hundreds of female volunteers from across Canada over their four-day Women Build Blitz.

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Beginning Thursday May 5th, Habitat for Humanity Toronto's second Women Build Blitz will bring over 600 women together over four days to volunteer to build safe and decent homes with families currently living in substandard housing. The Blitz will run from Thursday May 5th until Sunday May 8th, 2011 at the 4572 Kingston Road build site near Kingston Rd. and Morningside Rd. With an ambitious goal of helping to build 29 townhomes for Habitat for Humanity Toronto's Partner Family Homeowners, Women Build participants are eager to get started.  The Blitz will end as the keys to six homes will be presented by volunteers and donors to the new homeowners.

"The Women Build is more than just a building project" says Neil Hetherington, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.  "It's a movement that is creating community inspiration and radical change."

The Women Build Blitz promotes women as leaders and provides an opportunity for them to show off their construction and building skills.  It encourages spirit, empowerment, solidarity, fun, learning and a whole lot of pride in working with a family to build a new home. "Everyone is really excited and looking forward to getting started on Thursday," adds Hetherington. "Our volunteers, donors and staff are itching to put on their steel-toes and start swinging their hammers at the single greatest undertaking that Habitat for Humanity Toronto has had in this city."

Close to the Goal of $200,000
Habitat for Humanity Toronto is thrilled with the achievements of their Women Build partners, though they still have a little further to go as they are still over $30,000 short of our Women Build goal of $200,000.

Daily Highlights - there's something happening every day!

  • Thursday May 5th - Launch of the Women Build Blitz with exciting celebs and politicos in tow such as actress, model and tool guru Mag Ruffman and Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley.
  • Friday May 6th - Single-mom Partner Family Homeowner Akuobioma Okorie will put in a good day's work towards her sweat equity hours.
  • Saturday May 7th - Supermodel and Women Build Ambassador Monika Schnarre will build alongside volunteers and Habitat Toronto homeowners.
  • Sunday May 8th -Six Habitat Toronto Partner Family Homeowners receive the keys to their new homes in a Dedication & Key Ceremony to culminate the 2011 Women Build.

Women making a difference for other women
Sadly over 50 percent of single mothers in Canada are living below the poverty line and when women live in poverty, so do their children; 3,269 children stayed in Toronto shelters in 2009, a 20% increase in one year. With nearly 30 percent of Habitat for Humanity Toronto's Partner Family Homeowners being single mothers, it's clear that the housing crisis deeply affects many women in our city. The good news is that initiatives such as the Women Build generate thousands of new supporters to increase Habitat Toronto's ongoing build capacity. As many as 50-70% of the volunteers will be supporting the organization for the first time, therefore having tremendous potential to increase the affiliate's build capacity after the event.

Since Women Build became a Habitat for Humanity International program in 1998, Women Build volunteers have helped to construct more than 1,400 homes in more than 30 countries around the world. In Canada, the Women Build Program has completed 49 homes to date.

Habitat for Humanity Toronto's 2011 Women Build Ambassadors:

Alana De Gasperis
Alex Nikolajev
Alexandra De Gasperis
Ani Bogovic
Anita Dong
Christine Bentley
Diane Lee-Clemons
Natalie Longo
Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley
Jane Pepino
Jennifer Valentyne
Kaaren Whitney-Vernon
Councillor Karen Stintz
Lindsey Deluce
Marissa McTasney
Mag Ruffman
Melanie Cammalleri
Monika Schnarre
Patricia Lovett-Reid
Rose Reisman
Pamela Schott
Susan Hawkins
Sylvia Chrominska
Burgundy Brick Foundation
Burgundy Brick Foundation
Burgundy Brick Foundation
WINC Founder and Chair Project Manager, Kaneff Group of Companies
President, McDonnell Haynes
News Anchor, CTV News at Noon and 6:00 p.m.
Recording Artist
Burgundy Brick Foundation

Senior Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
LiveEye Host from Citytv's Breakfast Television
President & CEO, Youth Culture Group
Councillor for Ward 16 and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission
Remote Host/Anchor, CP24
President & Founder, Moxie Trades
Comedian, Actress and Television Host
Burgundy Brick Foundation
Model, Actor and Television Host
Senior Vice President, TD Waterhouse Canada Inc.
Author, Caterer, Media Personality
Director of Strategic Sourcing, BMO Financial Group
Past Habitat for Humanity Toronto Board Director
Group Head, Global Human Resources and Communications, Scotiabank

For more information about Women Build, please visit www.torontohabitat.ca/womenbuild
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Toronto, please visit www.torontohabitat.ca 



SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Toronto

For further information:

To attend the event or schedule an interview, please contact:
Joanna M. Dwyer
Acting Director, Marketing & Communications
Habitat for Humanity Toronto
416-755-7353 ext 228 Cell: 416-436-4970 or 416-436-4190

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