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HeroWork Program Society

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HeroWork builds community, literally and figuratively.

We are a progressive and innovative charity that renovates other charity buildings in a way
that saves the recipient approximately 75% of the value. We do this by turning a standard
renovation into a spectacular community-style event in which a wide spectrum of the
community is engaged, giving participants a life-affirming experience.
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, the demolition, and
a block party. Everyone stops work for lunch and dinner, which is catered for the
volunteers. The short timelines, close quarters, and cooperative atmosphere bind people
together. There is constant excitement and camaraderie. The Big Reveal is streamed live
onto monitors so all the volunteers can see the astonished look on the clients’ faces. 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.

HeroWork 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.