Imagine being 16 years old and living on your own, going to the food bank for your next meal. Imagine being pulled out of class to be told your only parent has died as you realize that you have no one else to lean on. Imagine being only a teenager and already in over your head with drugs and crime. This is a reality for far too many youths in the Greater Moncton Area, and these dark scenarios are not nightmares: they’re a daily reality.
Introducing Build for the Future, an innovative partnership launched today between the Greater Moncton construction industry and United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick. Founded by Martell Custom Homes and LuMar Electric Inc., Build for the Future was created with one goal in mind: to raise one million dollars to help local youth reach their full potential.
“At Martell Custom Homes, we aspire to be a catalyst for a sustainable community,” says Pierre Martell, President and CEO of Martell Custom Homes. “Our support of United Way is a perfect way for us to put this vision into action, supporting social programs that address immediate needs and create solutions for the long term.”
Members of the local construction industry has pledged to the United Way to contribute $1 million over 10 years to create meaningful long-term impact. These funds will support essential non-profit agencies and programs for youth in our local community. With the financial commitment of the construction industry’s leaders, the community will be able to build essential programs; moreover, the construction industry has the potential to inspire hope by building strong, supportive relationships.
In addition to its Founding Partners, Build for the Future launches today, on Giving Tuesday, with eight additional executive members who have all committed to raising $10,000 or more each year for up to 10 years. The program also includes an Ambassador Membership, which invites engaged members of the construction industry who are committed to donating money, time, or resources to support United Way partner agencies in support of the initiative’s goals.
“We are truly grateful for the extraordinary leadership and dedication from the Build for the Future team,” says Debbie McInnis, CEO of United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick. “The pandemic has amplified the existing need in our community. This partnership will deliver critical resources to enable lasting change. This is inspiring work.”
Build for the Future Executive Members include Acadian Construction, Atlantic Windows, Fundy Pros, Home Hardware, LuMar Electric, Martell Custom Homes, Premier Plumbing, Ritchie’s Flooring, Spitfire Designs, and TriForce Roofing.
To learn more about the Build for the Future initiative, to get involved at the Ambassador Level please visit www.buildforthefuture.ca. To donate to the United Way Campaign, please visit https://gmsenbunitedway.ca/donate-now/.
Publicist, Crystal Richard & Company Inc.