Someone at Habitat for Humanity must have had a pretty good laugh when they were planning our work day; it was certainly no coincidence this group of technicians was put to work repairing windows. But whether it’s a computer operating system or that piece of glass separating you from the elements, this bunch can handle it.
Divide and conquer! Splitting into two groups, our crew was able to complete a variety of projects in the Mondamin/King Irving neighborhood. While group 1 (Felicia De Piazza, Gerry Shoenrock, Mike Hurt, and Scott Breitman) worked away replacing all of the windows in a 2-story home, group 2 (Anthony Luna, Danielle Cloe, and Douglas Todd) went from house to house working on a slew of projects. From construction to demo, projects completed included landscape edging, building railings for exterior stairs, and demolition of a fire-damaged deck. In total, four separate families were helped by this crew of seven volunteers. Not bad for one day’s work!
Selecting a Charity
With so many organizations to choose from, it’s not difficult to find a partner who fits with you and your company’s values. In particular, Dymin Systems likes to choose organizations which specialize in helping people help themselves. Habitat for Humanity is an excellent example of this philosophy.
What most don’t know is that Habitat for Humanity does not give housing away. Instead, they offer low cost housing solutions to families who qualify for assistance. Qualification doesn’t just mean a minimum income either. Each family who is being helped by Habitat for Humanity first must put in their own “sweat equity” before being eligible to have a project started on their behalf. Eligible families also pay back the cost of the materials and land, that’s what makes volunteer labor so important to an organization like Habitat for Humanity. An estimated $20,000.00 in labor is cut from the home’s cost because of the help provided by volunteers.
What is different about Rock the Block?
Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block campaigns focus on community improvement. Residents in low income neighborhoods can qualify for assistance with Rock the Block which helps with maintenance and repair items like roof repair, weatherization like window replacement, and home preservation/beautification projects like painting.
Are you interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity? Find all the ways to get involved here.