Our Chapter knew from the beginning that we had a goal to work with local charity groups to give back to our New Hampshire Communities. This year, we started early and were able to connect to the Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity and get signed on to work at a duplex home that construction had just started on. We had no idea what we’d be doing that day, just that we needed to come in appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
When we arrived, we were told we’d be building and raising a 64 foot wall (in 2 pieces) for the face of the building! It seemed like an impossible task, but after some brief lessons on how to hammer in nails, we dug in and got to work! It was amazing how quickly things came together with so many hands working on the task.
The best part of the day was learning about how Habitat for Humanity works with their partner families, to help them get into affordable housing AND being able to work with like/civic minded people who want to lift up those who need it in our community. This project will go on for close to a year so we hope to go back after the first of the year (2018) to work on the inside…possibly to do some painting.
I’m so grateful to Bonnie Garceau of Harmony in Your Home, Elizabeth Polansky of The Styled Home and Pam Tiberia of Spruce Interiors for taking time out of their busy schedules to donate their time & energy to such a worthy cause. The bonus in all of it was that the RESA chapter members got to have a great team building day in the process.
If other chapters are interested in working with Habitat for Humanity, it’s as easy as contacting the local volunteer coordinator in your area. They will send you all the information that is needed and get you signed up as soon as possible. They are a non-profit, so fundraising is a big part of what they do so RESA Chapters could also get involved in supporting those efforts as well.