What is Build Love?
Build Love is inspired by the goal to improve lives and strengthen community through meaningful acts of empathy, compassion, and collaboration. It was formed by a group of six Regina based entrepreneurs in 2018 and its goal is to embark on a reoccurring annual campaign.
Eight-year-old Vienna Kennedy who lives with complex mobility challenges from Arthrogryposis, a congenital muscle syndrome she was born with. Vienna relies on a walker to move independently but her home currently has structural barriers that impede Vienna’s mobility, with significant lack of accessibility to the bathroom, and other areas of the home.
How did this get started?
The Kennedy family was originally seeking construction quotes for a bathroom renovation to improve accessibility for Vienna, as a part of the application criteria to request funding from Kinsmen Telemiracle. Superior FD Contracting and Collaborative Construction both received the call to provide quotes. Together they recognized the opportunity to provide a bathroom renovation to the Kennedy family for no cost. The response from local business community was so enthusiastic that the bathroom renovation transformed into a complete home renovation and inspired the formation of Build Love.
About the project
Through major fundraising, community investment partnerships, and hundreds of volunteers, Build Love has stepped up to transform the Kennedy’s home with a major home renovation that will eliminate structural barriers, improve ease of mobility for Vienna, and remain functional as she grows through the years. The renovation begins in September and is expected to be completed by early November.
Who is helping?
Since Build Love was formed, more than 60 tradespeople, contractors, and suppliers from Regina’s construction industry have stepped up to provide more than $300,000 (market value) in labour and building materials, and 130 people have joined Build Love’s volunteer team to help complete this renovation and build love in our community.
How is Build Love helping others in the community?
Construction materials and home appliances that are in good condition will be salvaged and donated to YWCA Regina which provides critical, life-changing services to women and families. In 2017, YWCA Regina shelters and residence supported close to 900 women and children who have experienced homelessness, while its Outreach team worked with over 100 women intensively, and offered drop-in supports to another 94 women.
How can people get involved?
People can help build love by joining Build Love’s volunteer team, making a cash contribution, or choosing Build Love as recipient for community investment. Cash contributions can be made online or cheques are payable to Build Love Project.