Fusion Homes employees make a difference
Fusion Homes employees recently came together to participate in its first Community Involvement Initiative that saw its 50-plus staff members spend a day doing hands-on work in the community.
“Fusion Homes has been a huge supporter of the communities where it builds from the inception of the company, supporting countless organizations with both financial and volunteer support,” says Samantha Sutton, Fusion Homes’ Director of Marketing who headed up the community involvement project. “Our employees voiced a desire to do something different; to come together and give back to the community by rolling up our sleeves and participating in a project that we could take a step back from at the end of the day and really see that we had made an impact.”
The group was divided in two and participated in revamping the Elizabeth Place Women’s Shelter and the Stepping Stone Men’s Shelter, both located in Guelph.
At the men’s shelter, tasks included cleaning and painting the interior of the house, which created a much lighter and brighter space, installing new carpet throughout the entire house, updating both washrooms and landscaping the yard. At the women’s shelter, an amazing new playroom for the children was created in a space that was previously cold and uninviting. Additionally, the washrooms were repaired, a new washer and dryer was provided and a variety of exterior work helped freshen up the outside of the shelter.
“The results of this project were amazing,” Sutton says. “Our group worked tirelessly to complete the renovation projects and the staff and residents of both shelters were thrilled with the results.”
Many thanks to all of the local business who helped make these projects possible:
- Sarmazian Bros
- North Pole Trim & Supply
- Ceramic Decor
- GE Mabe
- Dulux Paints
- Future Shop
- Tammy Girard’s Painting
- Barzotti Woodworking
- Moen Canada
- Home Depot
- Klearview Window Cleaners
Habitat for Humanity – Wellington County
Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build focuses on promoting women as leaders and providing them with an opportunity to learn new trades and skills. A Women Build project includes all of the benefits of a regular Habitat for Humanity Build, but encourages women to get involved in what is otherwise a male-dominated industry.
Fusion Homes recently sponsored the Habitat for Humanity Barbecue and Fun Fair, and donated $1,500 towards t-shirts for the volunteers to wear for a local Women Build project.. Funds raised from the event helped to purchase building materials for a project. Because of Fusion Homes’ support of Women Build, hundreds of volunteers will learn new skills, gain confidence and will be empowered to contribute to their community.
The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s MRI & More campaign will result in better equipment and, ultimately, it will improve the care for more than 180,000 residents within the Guelph General Hospital’s catchment area. It is also anticipated to reduce waiting times for those using the hospital’s services.
Fusion Homes generously donated $30,000 in support of the MRI & More Campaign. The campaign proceeds of will be used in three ways: to pay for the new MRI machine, to create and Emergency Mental Health Unit, and finally they will help Guelph General Hospital become the Regional Centre for Vascular Surgery.
Jessica’s Footprint: A Walk in the Park
Jessica’s Footprint: A Walk in the Park is a fundraiser that contributes to the research at Sick Kids Hospital toward the treatment for paediatric brain tumours. This fundraiser was inspired by Jessica Durigon, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at six months of age; she only lived two days past her first birthday, but continues to make a huge imprint on cancer research.
Since 2005, Fusion Homes has generously donated to the Sick Kids foundation on an annual basis. Over the past six years, more than 9,000 people have participated in A Walk in the Park and have raised over $1.3 million for cancer research at Sick Kids.
Nicolas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation
The Nicolas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation was set up shortly after Nicholas passed away in February 2007. Since its inception, the foundation has been able to donate the hockey nets and safety signage at all of the outdoor rinks in Guelph. The foundation has also installed new playground equipment for Rickson Ridge Public School and reading carts for those children who may not have access to books at home. Additionally, the Foundation sponsors the Grand River Conservation Authority and Severn Callus Suzuki to discuss the environmental issues that will impact future generations.
Fusion Homes has committed to donate $2,000 a year for the next five years. This generous donation will support the Lambden Family Hands of Hope campaign, which is dedicated to building the downtown skating rink and waterplay area in front of Guelph City Hall, or Nick’s Pond, as the community amenity is affectionately called by many.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area
Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area (BBBSOLA) is a non-profit organization that enriches lives and supports the development of a strong and healthy community by connecting kids with mentors. They value individual potential and know that every child needs and deserves a role model. BBBSOLA offers a variety of programs to support children and youth. They make a proactive investment to help children grow-up happy, confident, healthy and safe.
Fusion Homes has donated $25,000 over the past five years to help support BBBSOLA with the goal of giving many boys and girls the opportunity to build relationships with a stable role model and consistent friend, helping to enhance their self-esteem and build confidence.
Children’s Health Foundation
For more than 80 years, the Children’s Health Foundation had generated over $38 million for Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. Crosby’s Challenge for Children is an event hosted by the Children’s Health Foundation, inspired by Crosby Cullinton who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just one-and-a-half years old. He and his parents presented the Children’s Health Foundation with a dollar-for-dollar matching gift and that’s when the Crosby Challenge began. The Challenge engages sponsors, donors and patient families throughout Southwestern Ontario. In 2010, Crosby’s Challenge for Children’s raised $836,279.
In 2011, Fusion Homes generously donated $5,000 to the Crosby’s Challenge for Children; the funds have contributed to providing specialized care, equipment and diagnostics at Children’s Hospital – the Hospital of Hope, where visits are made by 85,000 babies, children and youth each year. The donation has also furthered the scientific journey of hope at Children’s Health Research Institute.
The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington was originally created to provide funding for important programs for children not-in-care identified by the Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington. The Foundation’s reach is currently much broader and includes a number of agencies within Guelph and Wellington assisting families and children in need.
Each year Fusion Homes sponsors a hole at the Fore Kids Golf Tournament. Over the past 15 years proceeds from the Fore Our Kids Golf Tournament have supported the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington in helping children in need attend activities such as summer camp, sports and music lessons. Since the tournament began in 1996, more than $150,000 have been raised and distributed to children in need.
Fusion Fun Zone
For the past five years, Fusion Homes has provided the “Fusion Fun Zone” at a variety of community events, whereby a bouncy castle and face painting is provided on behalf of the company for the kid’s enjoyment. Some of the community events include: West Willow Woods Neighbourhood Picnic, Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Picnic in the Park, and the Brant Avenue neighbourhood Annual Adventures Day Camp Carnival.
Summerside Annual Canada Day Event
Fusion Homes generously donated $7,500 over the past two years towards the Summerside Annual Canada Day Event in London, Ontario. More than 3,000 people enjoyed the Canada Day Celebration in July 2011 alone; Meadowgate Park was filled with bouncers for the kids, as well as face painting, music and a visit from a Mounted Police Officer. Fusion Homes’ donations have funded both the provision of bouncy castles and games for kids and the fireworks display.