The first time I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, it was in Columbia, MO as a broke college student who got a speeding ticket and went to court to ask for community service instead of having to pay the fine.
It turned out that the day I signed up to volunteer was a Women’s Build, which meant all of the volunteers on the project were female. I don’t remember many of the specifics from the day, but I do remember I left feeling empowered, and a little bit sore from the hoisting and hammering.
I’ve served on multiple Habitat builds since (including a build hosted by Habitat Young Professionals), and each time I’ve been able to connect with people, build skills and make progress on a project in a way that I don’t always see after a day in a desk job.
We like to shop at the Habitat ReStore and even donated our old kitchen cabinets to make way for our remodel this spring through an amazing kitchen cabinet deconstruction program they have where volunteers come to your door, take out your old cabinets and give you a gift receipt. (!!!) I had to pinch myself, because Joe and I had planned on doing the demo ourselves and the process was so smooth and all I did was make coffee and buy pastries, which the volunteers weren’t even expecting.
Last year, I had the opportunity to go on one of the organization’s bus tours, where I saw various projects and heard from home owners who have benefited from the new builds and remodels that have allowed them to stay in their homes when circumstances were difficult. Earlier this summer, I got to experience a home dedication, which was such a moving way to connect with the families celebrating the completion of their new home.
So when my friend Carrie asked if I would be a team captain for Women’s Build this fall, I said YES! And then I kind of freaked out wondering if I have 15 amazing women who are willing to dedicate a day with me to this cause, and thinking about raising funds to support our build. Affordable housing is a big issue in Des Moines, as it is in so many communities, and I am happy to play a small role by bringing women together around the cause.
Will you join my build? Here are the details —
Who: Rad ladies who know me/read my blog/know someone who knows me/want to put some positivity into the world and learn or strengthen a skill
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 2019 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Drake neighborhood of Des Moines
Will there be treats? Yes! I will bring La Mie and coffee for everyone on my team! What does it cost? Putting muscle into this project is amazing (thank you!) and I’m hoping to leverage all volunteers to help raise funds, too.
Let’s do this together: SIGN ME UP!
Can’t make it but want to give? Please let me know!