This week’s featured volunteer opportunity focuses on an organization dedicated to building hope for families in need: Habitat for Humanity. At first, the motto “building houses, building hope” didn’t mean much to me. But having worked with and built houses for multiple families now, I can honestly say the work HFH does truly changes lives. Families are not given a house, like so many people think. They work one-on-one with the organization, the volunteers, and the program to successfully change their lives and build a home for their family.
I was lucky enough to have a student-driven chapter at the undergraduate college I attended. This student chapter worked closely with the HFH affiliate in town to coordinate build projects for families in need.
Getting involved in the build process is incredibly rewarding. No experience is necessary, and HFH affiliates always have trained individuals on site to help you. Everyone has a talent that can be utilized in HFH. My favorite thing to do is paint. If I’m not doing that, I like to snap photos and manage our local group’s media page.
There are so many facets to the organization, aside from just building houses. Those not inclined to working with a hammer and nails can get involved by volunteering their time in any local office, by organizing fundraisers, by generating publicity, or by getting involved in HFH’s legislative work. All of this information can easily be found on their website, under “Get Involved”.
Whatever facet interests you, I encourage you to get involved with HFH. Together, we help end the devastating cycle of economic hardships. Together, we can build hope.