For Immediate Release
March 1, 2024


UPDATE: March 22, 2024

We regret to inform you that due to forecasted high winds and heavy rain, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the “Shiver for Shelter” event scheduled for March 24, 2024.

Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and after careful consideration of the weather conditions, we believe it is in the best interest of all participants to cancel the event. We understand the disappointment this may bring, especially after all the excitement and anticipation leading up to this day.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who have shown incredible support for Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia and our mission to provide affordable housing and support to families in need. Your dedication and enthusiasm have been truly inspiring.

Although the event cannot proceed as planned, our commitment to our mission remains unwavering. We encourage you to stay connected with us and explore other ways to support our cause. Your continued support is invaluable and makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause and appreciate your understanding during this time. Please stay tuned for further updates and opportunities to get involved.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Launches “Shiver for Shelter” Event to Secure Vital Monthly Donors, Backed by CanadaHelps Matching Campaign

Staff, volunteers, and board members will brave the chilly water at Lake Banook on March 24 to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing

Dartmouth, NS – Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Shiver for Shelter” event, scheduled for 2:00 PM on March 24, 2024. This innovative fundraiser aims to secure vital monthly donors in support of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia.

Taking place at Lake Banook, the Shiver for Shelter event will see participants, including Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia staff, board members, volunteers, and community supporters, brave the chilly waters of Lake Banook in a cold-water dip. The event serves as a powerful statement of solidarity for families in need of safe and affordable housing in Nova Scotia.

“We’re excited to launch the Shiver for Shelter event and rally our community in support of affordable housing,” said Donna Williamson, Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “This event not only raises much-needed funds but also aims to secure sustainable monthly donors, providing a reliable source of funding for our projects.”

The goal of the Shiver for Shelter event is to secure 50 new monthly donors at a minimum donation amount of $20 each. Monthly donors play a crucial role in Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s ability to plan and execute housing projects, ensuring that families have safe and stable homes.

The Shiver for Shelter event coincides with CanadaHelps’ Make It Monthly campaign, which will take place throughout March. This campaign provides an opportunity to amplify the impact of your donation, as CanadaHelps will donate an additional $20 for each new monthly donation of $20 or more. Existing monthly donations that are increased by $10 or more will also receive an additional $10 donation from Canada Helps.

“The Shiver for Shelter event is not only about raising funds and awareness for affordable housing but also about leveraging opportunities like the Make It Monthly campaign to maximize our impact,” said Williamson.

“We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and by becoming a monthly donor, individuals can make a lasting impact on the lives of families in our community,” added Williamson.

Participants and supporters can get involved by becoming a monthly donor, spreading the word about the event, hosting their own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, or sponsoring a participant. Opportunities to participate in the cold-water dip are available but limited due to the safety and logistical constraints of the event.

If the fundraising goal is met, Williamson has pledged to take part in the dip alongside other participants.

“We invite the community to join us in this meaningful effort to support affordable housing,” said Vanessa Jones, Director of Fund Development and Communications at Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “Every donation, big or small, makes a difference in the lives of families in need.”

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia also recently announced a new home build in New Glasgow. Families interested in applying for homeownership opportunities can find an expression of interest form available on our website at

For more information about the Shiver for Shelter event and how to get involved, please contact Vanessa Jones at (902) 448-7543 or or visit

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About Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has partnered with families in the province to build more than 75 safe, quality and affordable homes, with help from donors, volunteers and community partners. We are part of a network of 46 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Canada and hundreds more across more than 70 other countries.

For more information:

Caleb Freeman

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia


C: 902-225-6315

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