Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Many Hands
Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Many hands help build a Habitat house! They do not all drive nails, saw lumber, spackle or paint drywall. No many of them are involved in other areas of helping. And, some of them never get to the job site.
Those are the ones I want to address in this column.
I'm talking about the many small groups throughout our county who take on fund raising projects within their own communities or organizations to help build those homes. One such group is St. Paul's Reformed Church in Clear Spring. In November the church missions committee held a high tea to benefit Habit for Humanity of Washington County. Donna Mongan of Clear Spring was the chairperson for the committee which had received a letter from Habitat outlining Habitat's mission and requesting assistance. The committee decided to hold a high tea as a fund raiser.
The event included soup, sandwiches, scones, tea breads, desert, fruit and tea for a cost of only $10 per ticket. It was an elegant affair with women wearing white gloves. White gloves covering those "many hands" that were helping to build a Habitat house!
Another event was developed by a group of students at Hagerstown Community College in the Legal Environment of Business class. They decided to hold a relay event as a class project to benefit Habitat.
These HCC students organized an event they named "Cement Relay". The relay runners carried a bag of cement around the track continuously during the five-hour event. The runners collected pledges per lap and overall donations to raise funds for Habitat. This event was organized by HCC students Luke Buhrman, Cornelius Fibogy, Patrick Wastler, Beverly Pomfrey, Leah Witter, Bryson Cordelli, Timothy McCartney and Corey Lewis. Again, "many hands" were involved. "Many hands" carried a bag of cement, not on a Habitat home job site, but around a track. However, it is another example where "many hands" are helping build a Habitat home.
Perhaps, dear reader, you are involved with a group that could come up with an idea of how your hands could help Habitat build a home. The funds you might raise from an even t away from the job site may not be enough to build a house, but every dollar helps! The success of Habitat is through the strength of its volunteers. Volunteers of all types!
Habitat is always in need of volunteers with building skills, but it is also in need of volunteers to work in many other areas. Locally, volunteers for Habitat of Washington County are the main source of labor to build affordable homes for those in need in our community. The housing needs of the low-income are profound and pervasive. Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity for every family. Of the array of housing needs in our county, none deserves more attention than those involving children. Think about the children who are living in those families, where they are living, and what kind of a future they have.
Yes, Habitat volunteers contribute more than muscle. Creativity, strategy, and technical skills are among the many invaluable traits volunteers bring to the organization. They are needed in places other than the job site. With a minimal staff, Habitat depends upon volunteers of all types. Everyone reading this has some special skill to offer.
Time commitments vary; some volunteers can only spend a few hours a month working on projects. You can choose to volunteer as little or as often as you would like. Remember all volunteer hours you commit are a tremendous help that directly or indirectly result in construction of simple, decent, affordable homes for needy families. But, if you can't volunteer with Habitat, then consider getting the "many hands" in the organizations in which you are involved, to do a project to raise funds for Habitat. Remember a volunteer is a person who believes that people can make a difference...and is willing to prove it!
If you want more information on Habitat's volunteer program, call the Habitat office, 301-791-9009.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.