It feels good to give back, and it truly makes me happy knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life. I feel like I’ve made a difference: even if it’s through a small act of kindness by giving to a charity, or volunteering my time for a worthy cause. I didn’t think twice when I was approached by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to help build the frame of a house for a local SoCal family in need. I’ve always wanted to participate in Habitat for Humanity, but I didn’t know how I could help.
Habitat for Humanity has kicked off “Hammers for Habitat,” a nationwide volunteer drive, which organizes 100,000 new volunteers this year. In March 2014, across 10 cities, volunteers came together in the parking lots of Lowe’s stores to help build and raise the walls of a new home for local families.
I attended the Long Beach build event, where the dedication and passion from volunteers was awe-inspiring. Volunteers built a frame of a habitat house for Los Angeles family, Roman Tesfaye and her two children. Everyone worked diligently and swiftly. I couldn’t believe the amount of work accomplished within the first hour – hard work and dedication to help strangers. This was truly an inspirational moment to witness.
Jamie Durie, host of “The Outdoor Room” on HBTV, supported the event by raising a hammer, along with my friends Caryn of Rockinmama.net, and Vanessa of Queenofswag.com. Hammering a nail was harder than it looked, but I did my best. And yes, my nails made it into the home! I then moved over to the painting station, where I painted and splattered pieces of wood which, will be used as a welcome mat for the new home.
Please, don’t get discouraged if you’re not a master carpenter, you will have a skill that Habitat for Humanity can use! These carpentry skills became first hand experiences me for me, as well.
Habitat For Habitat helps families of natural disasters such as Leslie Morris, get back on their feet. She lost her home to Hurricane Sandy. Leslie explains, “To help a family that was really hard hit, it’s such a great thing. It really does renew your faith in people,” she goes on to say, “There are great people out there that want to do good things for people that had some bad things happen to them. Maybe, that will inspire other people to get involved.” Let’s help Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity reach their new 100,000 volunteer goal!
Facts about Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity International:
- Lowe’s recently renewed its commitment to Habitat for Humanity with a five-year, $23.5 million donation that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003!
- Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world, where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976.
- As a nonprofit, Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries, and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.
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