Volunteers of Richmond Habitat for Humanity offer themselves to benefit and create an impact on the community. It is Habitat’s mission for every man, woman, and child to have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live and in the effort to achieve this, its volunteers have discovered the true meaning of service.
“During my year at Habitat, I saw — and in small ways began to understand — the struggles that families and individuals were facing, right there in my own city,” said a volunteer. It is difficult to see single parent families trying to provide for their children with the cost of rent and food or face the reality that many are forced to live in rundown, mold infested apartments.
When volunteers work together, it is inspiring to see the difference they can make in people’s lives. An hour or even a day of hammering nails or sawing boards is worth seeing the smiles on the faces of those less fortunate or the smile on the homeowner’s face as he is handed the keys to his or her new home. Volunteers help with many projects that range from rebuilding areas struck by natural disasters to critical home repairs for veterans. Sen. Al Franken, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, voiced his opinion on helping veterans, “A safe home that meets their needs is the least we can do for our veterans and their families to repay their service and their sacrifice.”
Volunteers build more than just houses. They build to provide stability to families, a healthy place for children to live, and to help families start over and have the opportunity to have a better life. The effect they have on the community is tangible and lasting.
Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers, on the construction site, at our ReStore and in our office. To see all of the opportunities that are available, visit our volunteer page: http://www.richmondhabitat.org/get-involved/volunteer/