Habitat for Humanity, transforms families and strengthens communities by partnering with volunteers, the community and qualified families with low incomes, by building decent, affordable housing for long-tern home ownership.
Yesterday, I was one of the volunteers helping build one of six homes in Santa Clara. It was a great day. Upon arriving we were given an introduction about Habitat for Humanity and the family who will eventually buy the home. I write eventually because each participant family must put in a minimum of 500 hours in sweat equity before they can receive their home.
Our assignment was to frame one of the home’s. Our supervisor, Brent, patiently walked us through the process. We measured and cut wood for the header’s and wall joists and then assembled them to make the wall. The highlight was when the entire group of volunteers lifted up the wall and nailed it into place.
Habitat’s Santa Clara job site.
Cutting 4 x 4’s for the header supports.
Our volunteer group (Coldwell Banker Los Altos offices)
It’s break time!
If you ever have the time and want to do something that is worthwhile, I strongly recommend going for a day to do a Habitat for Humanity build. You’ll get much more out of it than you think.