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Upcoming events

September 24, 2011

Sandwich run (Wed, Sep 28, 5-7:30pm)

A sandwich run is an outreach activity during which we make bagged sandwiches and walk around downtown Toronto to deliver them to the homeless. Our main goal will be to try to interact with them and destigmatize homelessness.

There will be a $5 donation for the run to go towards buying the ingredients for the sandwiches. If you are able to help buy ingredients for the sandwich run, please let us know by indicating it on the sign-up form. You will be reimbursed for your purchases.

Our sandwich run will follow this schedule:
5:00pm: Meet at the Terrence Donnelly Centre (CCBR) Black Room to make sandwiches. The centre is located on 160 College Street, and is denoted as DC in the campus map here:
5:45pm: FREE pizza dinner
6:30pm:Sandwich run (please dress accordingly for the weather, as we will be walking around the downtown area)

We will finish around 7:30PM with a short debriefing.


Habitat for Humanity Build (Sat, Oct 1, 8am-4pm)

Location: 327 Dixon Road (Etobicoke)

Minimum $40 donation (originally $50)
 EOH will be subsidizing $10 off the required minimum $50, so that volunteers going with Eyes of Hope will only have to fundraise/donate a minimum of $40.  A pizza lunch will be provided.

There are only 5 spots, so please sign up quickly! Please sign up at

We will send you a confirmation email to confirm your spot before the build, which will include a waiver form that must be signed and brought to the build, a confirmation letter about the build day, a pledge form for the $40 minimum donation (if you wish to use it), and directions and parking pass if you will be driving to the site (though the site is TTC accessible).

Habitat Week (Oct 3-7)

Habitat Week will be a chance to:
– bring awareness to the good work that Habitat for Humanity Toronto does.
– do some fundraising, indoors and outdoors (weather permitting)

 EOH will run Habitat Week in collaboration with the UofT chapters of Take Action! and Habitat for Humanity @UofT

We need volunteers to help out!  The following schedule includes what volunteer activities there are.

 Mon-Thu, 9:30am-2:30pm
SS hall & BA lobby
– Information booths
     1) about Habitat for Humanity
     2) in BA, there will be pictorial and verbal displays of past volunteers at build events and families who benefitted from HFH Toronto’s work (Habitat Exhibition); volunteers will explain about the Exhibition to passersby
– Indoor fundraising (Snacks & Signatures)
     1) Having people sign wooden beams that will be put into a Habitat house
     2) Selling HFH Toronto bookmarks
     3) Selling baked goods / samosas.
– Help bake for the bake sales

Tue, 9:30am-2:30pm
SS patio
– Outdoor fundraising (Hammers and Messages)
     1) Run a hammering booth, where people can hammer a nail for fun for a small donation! We hope that this will encourage people to approach us and ask questions about Habitat for Humanity 🙂

Volunteer sign-up: (We need 3-5 volunteers/shift)
And don’t worry if you aren’t exactly sure what HFH does – we’ll have a briefing session for all volunteers on Thu, Sept 29 at various times (time and location TBA) so you can learn first! As well, learn some basic hammering safety skills! 🙂 Volunteers will be contacted by phone/email to confirm their shift the week before Habitat Week.

 Please feel free to email with questions.

Eyes of Hope open meeting (Mon Sep 26, 7pm)

While we had a General Meeting this Monday, we do not intend to have regular “general meetings”; rather, we will have monthly “open” meetings where people interested in helping planning events or have new ideas and suggestions can attend.

Our first meeting is next Monday, September 26, at 7PM. Location TBA. Please sign up here:


2010-2011 Habitat for Humanity

March 9, 2011

This past school year, the University of Toronto chapters of Take Action! and Habitat for Humanity joined up with Eyes of Hope to help fundraise for the UofT Habitat Home. Together, we organized Habitat Week and UofT Talent Explosion.

Both events raised a total of $1000, which was matched dollar for dollar for a total of $2000 raised for Habitat for Humanity. $1000 went towards HFH Toronto and $1000 went towards HFH Haiti.


During Habitat Week (which took place the week of Oct. 4) students around UofT could learn more about Habitat for Humanity, and brought more attention to the UofT Habitat for Humanity Campaign.

Different events took place, including:
– Habitat Exhibition: The exhibition contained pictorial and verbal pieces related to HFH Toronto, depicting the effects this organization has had on volunteers and the families.
– Hammering Nails and Signing Messages: For a small fee, participants had the opportunity to hammer a nail into wooden planks, as well as write a message of support on 2×4 beams which were used to build HFH homes
–  Habitat Speakers: HFH staff, volunteers, and families explained the impact HFH has.
Sandwich Run: to end the week!


UofT_Talent_ExpUofT Talent Explosion featured some of UofT’s best talents, competing for cash prizes. The event was held on the evening of March 4, at the George Ignatieff Theatre. Audience members also got the chance to win a raffle as well.

In the end, a bharatanatyam number won the competition and the $150 prize (which the winner promptly donated back to the campaign – thank you!).

Hopefully we see many more talented acts (and you!) at the show next year!