Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Your Commitment Can Help!

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Your Commitment Can Help!

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is a volunteer-driven organization. It welcomes people from all walks of life to join them as they build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with God and families in need. Though the vast majority have no construction experience or building skills, volunteers are involved in most phases of construction. By working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, the volunteers experience for themselves the joy created when a family is able to realize their dream of home ownership.
Habitat volunteers contribute more than just muscle. Creativity, strategy, and technical skills are among the many invaluable traits volunteers bring to the organization. With a minimum staff, your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate depends upon volunteer committees for support with projects like Site Selection, Family Selection, Construction Skills Training, Public Relations, Fund Raising, and Faith In Action. Habitat also offers opportunities in its Re-Store, a volunteer-run building materials recycling center scheduled to open soon.
Habitat invites volunteers to help them build, assist in the office work, work with the Re-Store, serve on committees, and help with special projects that benefit the organization. Time commitments vary. Some volunteers are able to dedicate a day or more each week, and others spend just a few hours each month. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, you can choose to volunteer as little or as often as you would like. All of these positions are a tremendous help that directly of indirectly result in the construction of simple, decent homes.
Individual wishing to volunteer, or seeking more information, may call the local Habitat office at 301-791-9009.
In addition to individual volunteers, Habitat is thankful for those businesses, both subcontractors and material vendors, that sign up to work on one house a year or every other year. There are local plumbing firms that provide material and services. Local masonry companies help by providing a house foundation; electric companies donate the labor for wiring a house; and flooring firms provide wall-to-wall carpet. Habitat needs more businesses to make this type of commitment in order to keep the houses affordable.
A Habitat for Humanity house is not large, so the time or material donation is reasonable. It is a three bedroom, one bath home of approximately 1,100-square feet. Currently there is a need for workers and materials in several areas including plumbing, electrical, excavating, drywall, heating and air conditioning, and grading. Any supplier or subcontractor interested in donating material or services may contact Sherry Cooper, Executive Director, at 301-791-9009, or at hfhwc@verizon.net.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.