Team One recently participated in our first-ever build day with the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has always been an important part of my life. I served as chapter president in high school where we built four homes over the course of two years. I strongly support the organization’s efforts to operate under a “hand up” instead of “hand out” mantra. Each partner family must first meet needs criteria, but also volunteer a certain number of hours working on Habitat homes, called “sweat equity;” a crucial element to the program as it creates a sense of pride and ownership for the partner family.
15 Team One-ers arrived early on a Saturday morning and immediately went to work painting the exterior of a house and demolishing interior walls. We were working on a “rehab home” in LA, a main focus for Habitat for Humanity in 2012. By lunch, we had completed most of our scheduled tasks, so we started framing up new interior walls and transporting materials over to another nearby rehab home. By early afternoon, we departed the build site one important step closer to providing a safe and comfortable home for a partner family.
I highly recommend spending a day on a Habitat for Humanity build site. Not only do you volunteer your time for a good cause, you also bond with your fellow comrades AND learn useful construction skills. We plan on coordinating future build days, but if anyone would like to volunteer individually or with a small group of friends, please visit http://www.habitatla.org/.