Volunteer Day for Habitat for Humanity


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Have you ever wanted to volunteer to work on a Habitat home? Yup, me too! A few weekends ago I got my 2nd chance (You can read about my first unique opportunity here.) It was a cold and rainy day, so we were delegated to some indoor tasks. We worked on a “recycled” Habitat home that was built in the 90′s but the owner moved on (hopefully to bigger and better accommodations.) It was sold back to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, who gets first dibs on homes they have built. The house is in the process of getting new paint, new fixtures and new flooring. I spent the day installing door handles on all the doors while the rest were on painting duty.

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Meanwhile, Mark, Adam & Drew looked over the checklist and decided what needed to be completed. These guys were dedicated and lots of fun to work with.

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Mark told us about the Honduras house that some of the local volunteers will be working on this spring. When Habitat of Wake County fundraises for a new house here, they reserve approximately $4,500 of the funds to build a home in Honduras. That’s what you call a twofer! Two houses for the price of one. It’s amazing to me how little it costs to build a house in Honduras!

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The house was a little chilly because there wasn’t heat, but we kept warm by staying busy and by chatting. Sweet smiling Danielle organized our group.

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Chad (from Shop Yellow Hammer), is the master DIYer who can paint with two brushes in one hand! I really need to talk him into writing a tutorial on that for you.

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Andrea kept warm in front of the work lights…

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… and by painting door trim.Andrea_painting

Amy was a painting hurricane and Drew…well he’s good at holding the paint bucket for Amy! Just kidding, I just caught them in a funny picture.

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See, Amy can handle both her brush and 5 gallon bucket!

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Andrea and Adam striking a pose.

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Gwynne painted window trim and more that day.Gwynn_painting

It felt really great to give back by working on this Habitat house. And I also enjoyed meeting a few other local bloggers:

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Have you volunteered anywhere recently? Do tell! Want to volunteer to work on a Habitat House in your area? Learn more here.

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Comments

  1. Good for you! I’ve only volunteered with H4H one time. It was interesting and exhausting. We were painting and roofing, two things I never did at the same time before.

    • Sounds great but exhausting! Would love to be involved but haven’t found anything like that here in Brisbane!

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