Saturday, August 22, 2009

Habitat for Humanity

Last Saturday Scott and I volunteered to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. It was an awesome experience that we hope to do again soon. The house was only about 15 minutes away, but it was "across the railroad tracks...". This lot was known for years by the Oxnard police because it was a drug dealers headquarters. It took many years to get the land taken over by the city and then transferred/given to Habitat for Humanity (I don't remember the exact process but it was not quick and easy). I think what is so amazing about this home as well as other homes built by this organization is that about 90% of the people who help construct these homes have no idea what they are doing, this includes Scott and I. The day we were there they were working on putting up the siding. I quickly became the queen of caulking, while Scott quickly understood the entire process and was "leading" our little group. It was really amazing to think that we woke up on a Saturday morning and by the afternoon we were fully skilled at putting up the siding on a house. Would we be as quick and efficient as a construction crew, no, but can we do it, YES! While we were there we were also asked to donate money to FoodShare (This was a fundraiser event tied into the work day for Habitat for Humanity). This is an local organization that provides food to families/individuals that can't buy food. Some interesting facts: they are partners with about 150 organizations, they feed about 41,000 mouths a month, with every dollar donated they can get about $7.15 worth of food! How amazing is that?! Scott and I donated $50 dollars, which is about $350 dollars worth of food they will be able to get from their partnerships with various organizations. The house will be complete in October, we hope to be able to go and work on the house again and see the ceremony when the house it finally given to the family.







1 comments:

megan said...

that's awesome! i'm very impressed!

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