We strongly believe in our communities and work hard to support them through various initiatives. From food and toy drives, community volunteerism to fundraising efforts, our team plays an active role in supporting local issues.
Homes First has been providing supportive housing and shelter for more than 35 years with a focus on the chronically homeless. They were the first and remain one of the largest providers of homes for people with the fewest options in Toronto.
Noble teammates at our head office in Vaughan kicked off December 2020 by donating gifts to Homes First. Gifts were filled with a combination of essential items, warm accessories, and goodies to help support residents through the holiday season and into the winter months. We thank our teammates for their generosity as it will have a meaningful impact on our local community.
Project SHARE serves individuals living in poverty in the Niagara Falls community by addressing the short-term need for food and creating long-term solutions for food security, mobilizing resources in our community and adapting to respond to changes around us.
Noble's Niagara Falls branch team and valued customers came together this past December to support Project Share. Branch Manager Brian Pol launched the “Fill a Bag & Get Noble Swag” campaign that provided individuals with Noble branded swag for donations of food, toys and/or cash. One and a half barrels of food and toys were collected as well as $400 in cash which went to the purchase of an additional two barrels of food. This food drive will continue throughout the winter.
Fife House is Canada's largest provider of supportive residential programming and housing services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House has 190 units serving more than 300 residents, and another 300 clients are supported each year in Fife House's Homeless Outreach Program. While this is significant, it is estimated that the Greater Toronto Area has 18,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and these are only those individuals who are aware of their status. This represents approximately 25% of all cases in Canada. Today, Fife House provides 80% of the dedicated supportive housing available to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto.
A fully integrated approach to housing and health care, Huntley Transitional Housing Program addresses the complex health and social needs of this highly marginalized client population. The program aims to improve care and outcomes of clients and significantly reduce preventable hospital and shelter stays through the provision of wrap-around, client-centered supports, that increase quality of life and client capacity to live independently in our community.
Noble representatives were in attendance as the Fife House Foundation proudly announced the opening of the Huntley Transitional Housing Program. Located in a newly renovated historic facility on Huntley Street, the program welcomed its first clients in late August, 2019. The Huntley Transitional Housing Program is an innovative approach to providing support for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are in, or are entering, the City of Toronto's emergency shelter system. The 20-bed facility provides crucial housing, clinical care and intensive case management supports, focused on the successful transition of clients from shelter living into supportive or permanent housing solutions.
Noble sponsored a third of all in-kind building product donations for this project, including plumbing fixtures and heating and cooling equipment. Recognizing the scope and importance of this project, we partnered with some of our manufacturers -- American Standard, Fujitsu and Rheem -- to increase product donations and overall level of sponsorship.
Design For Hope
Design for Hope was built on a mission to give back with the goal to help and support a family in need by renovating their home and providing a calm, safe, and functional environment. Led by Stacey Cohen Design and with the help of over 75 trades, vendors, and volunteers, the team will provide a fully redesigned home for a family in need within the local community. Noble is proud to be involved and will be donating plumbing products to help with the renovation.
The project focuses on a family that has experienced hardships and daily challenges and are in need of new hope and a fresh start. The Nikolic family lives in a 1,500 square foot brick bungalow with three bedrooms and one bathroom. Hilary and Mark Nikolic have three boys; the oldest Alex who attends University and their twin boys James and Eric who are 22 and were born autistic and developmentally delayed.
The twins are both non-verbal and the severity of their symptoms have resulted in many damages to their home. Hilary and Mark have spent all their savings and time to ensure that the boys get the care that they need. They’ve had to refinance their home a number of times over the years to pay for services and repairs to keep their home somewhat inhabitable. Both parents had to give up some of their goals to manage the boys and they are only able to spend little time together as a couple. Stacey Cohen Design has started a GoFundMe page (here) with the intention to cover the expenses related to this renovation and to help the Nikolic family pay off their mortgage. The goal is to provide the Nikolic family with a calm, livable and functional home to help instill hope for their future.
Introducing the Nikolic family:
We're almost there! Putting the finishing touches on the Nikolic family home:
It's the home stretch countdown!
Noble Futures Award
In partnership with the George Brown College Foundation, Noble established the "Noble Futures Award" entrance scholarships in 2013 which are awarded to deserving students in the Plumbing Techniques Program and the Construction Techniques (HVAC) Program.
Students learn about the tools, materials, equipment, and methods used in the Plumbing & HVAC industries and gain practice in estimating materials and labour costs. Both hands-on programs benefit anyone planning to enter Apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.
In 2018 Noble donated $30,000 to continue funding this worthy scholarship. The donation was marked by a ceremony at George Brown College on April 18th and at Noble's 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event on June 22nd.
Noble is proud to support this foundation and future members of the trades industry in Ontario.
Habitat for Humanity
Noble is proud to support the Habitat for Humanity organization through building material product donations. The donated materials are used to aid in building projects and are also sold through Habitat for Humanity ReStores. These retail spaces offer high-quality building supplies, home furnishing, appliances, and décor to the general public.
The ReStore is at the heart of Habitat for Humanity's ability to operate and grow as an organization. The ReStore is able to sell items to help cover overhead costs. All financial donations then go directly toward home builds. The ReStore also allows for the purchasing of products that may be out of reach for many low-income families.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Since 2008, Noble has been a proud supporter of this initiative which funds the work of leading cancer research centres like The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.
Every year, the Noble ‘Plunger Heads’ team participates with a focused vision on raising awareness about and funding cancer research. With the support of our friends, family and other stakeholders, we pride on ourselves on being one of the largest contributing companies in Canada.
Congratulations to the Team Noble "Plunger Heads" on being inducted into the The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Ride to Conquer Cancer Hall of Fame. In the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "Your efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of your fellow citizens are deeply appreciated."
The 2018 ride took place on June 9th & 10th and Team Noble raised more than $26,000. Collectively, the 4,555 participants raise $18.3 Million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Visit Ride to Conquer Cancer for more information.
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