The dream of affordable homeownership will become a reality for more local families thanks to
the generosity of businesses and bidders in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.
Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s first annual #BidtoBuild Online Auction exceeded
the organization’s expectations. It raised over $25,000, making it one of Habitat VIN’s most
successful fundraising initiatives to date.
“It was a risky time to hold any kind of fundraiser, particularly something we had never tried
before, but we needed a way to make up for revenue lost due to Covid,” explained Pat
McKenna, Habitat VIN’s executive director. “We weren’t sure if businesses would be able to
donate, and we weren’t sure if people would be open to bidding. The overwhelming support we
received from the community has been emotional for everyone on our team.”
The money raised will go towards their two current affordable housing projects, where they plan
to build three more homes in Campbell River and two more in Courtenay by the end of 2020.
In addition to raising money for their affordable homeownership program, Habitat wanted to use
this auction to highlight local businesses. Before reaching out for donations, they first gained the
support of the Campbell River and Comox Valley Chambers of Commerce and the business
associations in Downtown Courtenay, Comox, and Downtown Campbell River, who in turn
shared the opportunity with their network. Temprite Climate Solutions and Cloutier Matthews
Chartered Professional Accountants came on as presenting sponsors, and the Comox Valley
Record and The Eagle 97.3 as media sponsors.
The positive response from bidders and donors already has the Habitat team planning next
year’s online auction. They have even had several additional businesses reach out to commit to
donate to #BidtoBuild 2021.
McKenna encourages people who want to support Habitat to sign up for monthly giving or to
visit their recently-reopened ReStores in Campbell River and Courtenay. Visit
habitatnorthisland.com to learn more.