Team members from Onix’s Toronto office recently used their annual volunteer day to help Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area with their Pinery Trail project. The project’s goal is to provide townhome-style housing for 50 families.
“Over the past few years we’ve volunteered with the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. It was the team’s decision to really get hands on this year and help build homes for Habitat for Humanity,” said Jeff Telford, Onix Country Manager for Canada.
Terry Chambers, Onix Senior Solutions Consultant and coordinator for this volunteer opportunity added, “While it’s nice to go back and volunteer with organizations we’ve worked with in the past, we were anxious to roll up our sleeves and help Habitat for Humanity. They are a great organization and the Pinery Trail project will help so many families. It’s the largest building project in the organization’s history, and we are honored to have played a small part in the future success of this endeavor.”
Onix Outreach, an accredited 501c3 non-profit organization is the charitable giving arm of Onix. Its mission is to provide assistance to the underserved in our communities. Each Onix employee is allowed one work day during the year to volunteer with an organization of his or her choice. Some volunteer individually when their schedule allows; others, like Onix’s Toronto office team coordinate their volunteer day so that they can spend it working together outside the office.
The team spent their time completing the interior of a home, performing tasks such as identifying areas of damage, sanding, puttying, painting, finishing the spaces around drainage in the laundry room, vacuuming, cleaning and mopping. Onix was also involved in sanding, painting and hinging doors onto several of the townhomes. As the day drew to a close, the team received praise from their supervisor on site, saying they “were one of the best teams” she had worked with “due to the attention to detail” — and “The team accomplished more in less time than many teams.”
The Pinery Trail project is the first Habitat GTA build to use a new, denser build form of "back-to-back" stacked townhouses featuring 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom units. The project is being built in three phases and will house 50 low-income working families by 2019. In Habitat for Humanity's unique model, these families will become homeowners by paying a no-interest mortgage, capped at 30% of their annual household income, and, in lieu of a down payment, each family contributes 500 “sweat equity” volunteer hours toward the construction of their home and other Habitat homes. Click here to check out a live construction camera and keep up-to-date with progress at Pinery Trail.