HeroWork builds community, literally and figuratively.
We are a progressive and innovative charity that renovates other charities in a way that saves the recipient 80% of the value of the renovation. We do this by turning a standard renovation into a spectacular community-style event in which a wide spectrum of community is engaged, giving participants have a life affirming experience while increasing local leadership capacity.
We call these events Radical Renovations—imagine a modern day barn-raising, where dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers come together with exceptional cooperation and common vision.
There is the “march onto the site” followed by the opening ceremony and demolition. Everyone stops work for lunch and dinner, which is catered for volunteers. The short timelines, close quarters, and cooperative atmosphere bind people together. There is constant excitement and camaraderie. The Big Reveal is streamed live to the volunteers. Plus, we use social media to tell the story of the people and businesses who rise up to make it happen Radical Renovations ripple out goodwill into the community through the example of what can be done when people work together with common vision and good planning.
The HeroWork Program is needed because our non-profit infrastructure is diminished. Neighbourhood halls, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, youth housing—community buildings that make our community strong—are often in a state of disrepair. Between decreased funding and a growing demand for services, most charities struggle to fulfill their mandates with little money left to maintain their buildings. More, new infrastructure is increasingly difficult to acquire and then renovate, leaving communities bereft of facilities.