It can be hard to decide on which charities to support. This week I decided to have 2 of my personal choices, Children’s Wish Foundation and Habitat For Humanity. Both these organizations are active in the community and you know where your time and/or money are going.
Key Points (Click the timecode to go to that part of the interview)
- [5:25] Who is The Children’s Wish Foundation?
- The Children’s Wish Foundation helps children living with a life-altering illness an opportunity to fulfill their most heartfelt wish.
- We grant 3 wishes a day.
- [11:40] Just thinking about the wish that the child might want gives them a much-needed distraction. it’s not just a wish. It’s a hope for the whole family.
- [14:40] Barnaby story. Barnaby and his family are awesome! He’s up to $3,727 J. His goal is $10,000 by the time he cuts his hair at the end of March!
- [20:00] If you have any special skills and want to help, don’t hesitate to reach out. You don’t always have to contribute money.
- [22:00] Where do people go to find out about upcoming events?
- After you register an event you can find it on our website www.childrenswish.ca. Everything is in the Chapters and Events section.
- [23:30] What are the 4 major events you do every year?
- Heros Challenge – This is a corporate team building challenge. It’s a fun-filled afternoon of challenges where the participants can to spend the day with the child they are helping.
- Savor the moment – Is a food and drink event. We bring together 22 local eateries and wineries with live music.
- Princess Party / Superhero Dance Party – The kids get to dance with their favorite hero. This event is geared for the kids.
- [35:55] Our next guest is Shawna Blanchard from Habitat for Humanity.
- [37:00] How did you end up working with Habitat for Humanity?
- I worked for 18 years with Scotia Bank but as the years went by I started to feel unfulfilled. So I applied to work with HH and have never looked back.
- [41:45] A lot of people don’t know we operate and build in the city of Ottawa.
- [42:00] We help build strength and stability through affordable homeownership.
- [44:10] There is a 7-year wait list to get into social housing. Every family we can help move up out of that system frees a spot for another family.
- [44:50] Because not many people know we operate in Ottawa the wait list is shorter than many would think. We are currently building 16 townhomes in Orleans.
- [46:30] Eligible families have to put in 500 hours helping build the home as ‘sweat equity’ instead of a downpayment.
- [47:00] What keeps people from reaching out to HH?
- Lack of knowledge.
- Fear of living in a neighborhood they don’t want to live in.
- They might think the quality of the home is poor.
- [48:40] Where does the rest of the equity come from?
- After the 500 hours is put in by the new homeowner the rest comes from 100% volunteers.
- [49:25] The mortgage we give the new homeowner is based on their wage. It’s an interest-free mortgage for 20 Years. That’s only 20% of their income and every year we re-evaluate.
- [58:40] How does a Habit for Humanity construction effect property values?
- We often have a town hall meeting with the community to get their thoughts about us building in their community.
- All of our builds are sponsored by big companies and brands, and the buildings are built by professional Architects who are volunteering their time.
- [1:03] How does someone volunteer?
- Individuals can sign up on our website.
- Corporations and groups should reach out to Shawna Blanchard.
Contact Children’s Wish Foundation
Contact Habitat for Humanity