Humble Hero’s

Many people spend their lives disengaged from the people in their community. Volunteers and sponsors of HeroWork are dedicate an exceptional amount of effort to strengthen our community. So I say, “Let’s shout out that we are making a difference. Stand proud for the big or small things we do. Not so others will look at us, but so others will be inspired by us and make a difference, too!”

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Threshold Housing TV Video Series!

As part of HeroWork’s ramp up to the Citizens’ Counselling Centre’s Radical Renovation, we are releasing the second installment of our 2015 Rad Reno video series. We are excited to make available for everyone the magic that was the Threshold Housing project for youth at risk of homelessness. Watch and be amazed once again with this 4 part original TV broadcast. And please share so that others may be inspired by the power of community!

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Online Rad Reno Videos Series is Here!

This is the first in HeroWork’s online video series showcasing our past Radical Renos and our current one for the Citizens’ Counselling Centre. This post is an online exclusive of the Mustard Seed video series. Watch and follow the restoration of their important building from start to finish in this 5 part broadcast TV show.

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HeroWork and the Citizens Counselling Centre: Maintaining the State of the Heart

[“Story and photos by Anne Maclean.”] Brenda Wilson, Executive Director of the Citizens Counselling Centre (CCC), looks around the centre’s main office. “This is action central,” she says. Wilson is looking forward to HeroWork’s renovation of the centre’s office and counselling spaces. The renovation, worth approximately $150,000, includes new paint, new flooring, a complete overhaul…

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Community Hero: Reuben Butterfield

Reuben Butterfield, of MicroBrand, is responsible for the HeroWork Contractor Directory, which our contractors, designers, graphic artists, and all other service-oriented sponsors. He worked for two months to design and build this directory…which is why he is our first community hero.

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A Broken Life Rebuilt: A.K.A. The Importance of Counselling

In this post Paul Latour shares something very personal–a trauma. Like many others, he needed a counsellor’s help to find his way through. It is but one small story compared to the greater story of the Citizens’ Counselling Centre. Nevertheless it is important to speak up, remove the stigma, and remind people that we all need help from time to time.

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HeroWork Leaders

It’s been just over two weeks since we announced the project for the CCC and I’ve got to tell you my mind is whirling with all the things that happened—it’s hard to keep track. These past two weeks have been about getting the whole project up and moving. To do that the highest priority has been to build teams of leaders. Without leaders who are willing to step up we wouldn’t get very far.

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HeroWork’s 2015 Spring Project!

It is with gratitude and open-hearted pride that I stand up and and shout, “WE’VE GOT ANOTHER PROJECT!!” This one will be for the Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre.

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Storytelling Volunteers Needed

HeroWork needs volunteers to help market our program. We need social media managers, writers/interviewers, and graphic artists. Please read and share this post. It explains the ins and outs and specifics on each role.

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Seven Possible Projects, One to be Chosen

Last week was exciting because Kent McFadyen and Paul Latour investigated seven possible Radical Renovations. It was amazing to see so many great people and worthy causes. The sad part is we can’t do them all.

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Birthdays, Heroes, and Bottle Drives

“But this year instead of having a big party as she had in the past, she decided do a bottle drive for HeroWork. A go-getter, she called all of her friends who would have come to the party and enlisted their support.”

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Under the Hood of HeroWork

We want to do Radical Renovations with 1/2 the effort and 1/2 the prep time. That’s why we are lifting up the hood of HeroWork and getting into the mechanics. Because of the success of our crowdfunding campaign there is a whole range of mechanics we’re working on. Contractor Directory and Mobilization Last year our contractor directory…

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Could this be our Next Project?

The Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre is the latest organization to put in an application. They assist adult members of our community to attain socially and psychologically satisfying lives by providing quality, accessible, volunteer counselling services.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I am struck by all of the people who support and believe in HeroWork. Victoria is an awesome city, but the tribe of HeroWork is shines brighter still. Thank you to everyone who contributed and to those who could only spread the word. It takes us all doing what we can to change things in this world.

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New Project Applications; Last Days to Help

I’m excited, because HeroWork will be accepting formal applications for new projects starting this coming Monday. If you know of a charity that needs a renovation for a property they own, let them know pronto. We are hoping to decide on our next project early to mid Feb.

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Mudge House & Fund-a-Reno

Charities that need renovations come in all sorts and sizes. Fro example, Mudge House is a heritage building on Dallas Road near the breakwater. It’s also a half-way house for men who are transitioning back into society. This may not seem important to some, but these men are making an earnest effort to rebuild their lives while in a building that is a 100 years old and looks like it. Watch this simple on-shot i-Phone video to get a small glimpse.

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HeroWork Needs Heroes

It’s actually a bit difficult to ask for help for yourself. But I’ve got to be courageous and unabashed. After a million dollars of projects we’ve proven ourselves as capable of making a massive difference for community and charities that need rebuilding. I can’t stress this enough: HeroWork–the organization, the people, the cause–needs your help.

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All Wrapped Up!

After a long and inspired road, HeroWork hands over the keys to Threshold Housing. Job well done!!

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Global National News

HeroWork was featured on Global National News! How cool was that?

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The Big Concrete Pour

Kent McFadyen explains the big concrete pour for Threshold Housing–one of the last major components for their Radical Community Reno.

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