Family Home Overhaul
is all about celebrating people who give to their community. We decided to ask some of the HGTV designers, renovators and builders who worked on Family Home Overhaul what charities and non-profits are inspiring them to give. Click through to see a world of possibilities for giving back to our communities. Watch Family Home Overhaul Sundays at 10pm on HGTV Canada. Stream HGTV Canada anytime with the Global TV app and on STACKTV . HGTV Canada is available through all major TV service providers.
The views, thoughts, and endorsements expressed by each person featured in the article, belong solely to each person interviewed, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Corus Entertainment, or any of its affiliates, directors, officers or employees.
“I’ve been a volunteer at Casey House in Toronto for around ten years now, serving on the foundation committee and assisting with fundraising initiatives. Casey House was established in 1988 in response to the AIDS crisis. At the time members of the design and building communities volunteered skill and service, money and time to get it built. My work there today feels beautifully linked to both my LGBTQI family and my design family. Our Casey House clients are a never ending source of inspiration to me; teaching me courage, patience, perseverance and the joy of living life in the moment. It has been the most important and valued experience of my life.” Tommy Smythe
“I’ve been a long-time supporter of the Nature Conservatory of Canada. I believe in its mission to conserve nature in all its diversity and safeguard the land and water. It’s my feeling that we have a responsibility to hand over a biologically rich world to the next generation. In my opinion there is no wealth without health, and our personal health is just as connected to the lands as is the plants and animals that we share it with.” Sebastian Clovis
“I think that Food Banks Canada is doing some of the most incredible work, keeping food on the table families right now – that’s one of the biggest challenges many are having… I have also been a supporter of SickKids hospital since I came to Toronto over 20 years ago. I think the work that they do is magical when you talk about superheroes, those nurses, doctors, and that everyone in that building, they’re very special… I think Habitat for Humanity, the work that they do is also so powerful. I could go on and on.” Cheryl Hickey
“I work with and support Shelter Movers, an organization that helps women and children flee abusive households. I also work with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga in their Revive centre; a green initiative where we upcycle furniture to sell in the Habitat Restore for profit to help fund more builds for families in need. I’m looking forward to a future with a longer list of charitable partners.”
“There are two charities that my wife and I are big supporters of. The Daughter Project and Black Moms Connection. Both of these charities are amazing and serving people that desperately need help.” Joey Fletcher
“We support our church community that reaches many different organizations from Feed the Need Durham to The Daughter Project, a non-profit that helps rehabilitate young women from sex trafficking. I am a big believer in community, that we are better together than apart.” Dave Kenney
“I love the arts and anything to do with supporting kids. One of my favorite organizations is The Theater Bug in Nashville, TN. They are doing great things to continue to bring arts to the community. The arts made a huge impact on my childhood and the Theater Bug tells the best stories. The kinds of stories that make you want to be better. Do better. The organization is dear to my heart and if you are ever in Nashville TN, you need to check them out. It’s not your traditional kids’ theatre. In fact, it’s some of the best theatre that I’ve ever seen.” Kortney Wilson
“I’m a big advocate for Habitat for Humanity and have participated in a number of their builds. I love that they are locally funded and provide homes within the community they’re in. I also love to encourage youth to consider the trades, so over the years I have been a huge supporter of Skills Canada’s initiatives and participated in a number of their events.” Kate Campbell
“I’m a puppy mum, to my Moose, and I have a big soft spot for all animals. My fur community extends to donating to the Ontario SPCA Humane Society and have also spent time helping in shelters. Every little bit helps!” Mia Parres
“Causes that are very close to my heart that my family and I support are women and children’s shelters, mental health awareness, and our community food bank.” Sarah Keenleyside
“One of the most important things in life is to share our love. Love comes in the form of time, money, acts of kindness and donations for me all the time. Causes that affect me and tug at my heart strings are MANY right now and I will not call on the places that I support specifically because I do not want to remove the magic of giving or persuade others to do as I do. But I give to monthly causes – it is also important to also give of your time and items you may have laying around the house. If you do not use it, lose it! Help does not always come in the form of money. It can also be a garbage clean up in your hood or just simply helping out a stranger in a moment. Just help. Serve. Support where it flows. It is all about spreading the love!” Tiffany Pratt