As a woman, I was hesitant to volunteer for "construction" of a house, regardless of the cause. In talking with others, I was told that Habitat Pinellas understood that not all volunteers are experienced and that their house leaders were patient and able to teach novices (including me) how to be productive on the build site. Needless to say, I volunteered, and I am so very glad that I did! Our house leader just happened to be a female, so my comfort level grew almost immediately. I started out bending a lot of nails and was tentative in using a hammer. But before long, I was actually putting more nails in wood studs than not! I was even trained on the use of a "T-nailer" and got to use this tool extensively. But there was more to the adventure of volunteering than just the training and accomplishment of building a house for a struggling family. I met and worked alongside the homeowner candidate whose house we were building and got to learn about her, her family and her situation. It's amazing how close any of us could be to needing support and so comforting to know that an organization like Habitat exists to provide that support. I volunteered on this project several more times and got to know other volunteers and be a member of a really productive team. In just a few short weeks, the house had gone from a shell to complete. And I helped! But the most touching part of the project happened after the build was complete. I attended the dedication and, with tears in my eyes, hugged and congratulated by friend and new homeowner. What a marvelous expeerience! I highly recommend that everyone step out of their comfort zone and give volunteering for Habitat Pinellas a try. I believe you will find the experience well worth your time.
I have been involved wirth Habitat-Pinellas for over 5 years. Through my eyes I have witnessed God's work in action on many occations. This organization is built with a team of winners. They are also "Pacesetters" in green building design. I work for Progress Energy, and can attest to Habitat-Pinellas being the first builder in our county to build 100 percent ENERGY STAR Homes. This is not easy as a third party must certify each home. This means the homeowner will enjoy low energy while living in thier home. Most of these families can't afford to waste money, and energy cost keep rising. I attend most every home dedication, and I'm very proud to be part of such a wonderful group of people. I give this group 5 stars, and there is no end in sight.
I started doing some volunteer work at Habitat Pinellas about 18 months ago, being somewhat retired from Corporate America. I had been exposed to Habitat in Columbus Ohio when our Rotary Club worked on completing a couple of homes for Habitat there. I had served for many years in Big Brothers Big Sisters and wanted to make a contribution to the wonderful work Habitat does for deserving , needy individuals in our community and across America.
I have found their leadership to be focused and engaging, and a group of achievers that are having a real impact on housing needs in Pinellas County. They are improving the quality of life for many. The process of managing the equity contributon of those deserving families, is very memaningful for our community.
I spend a few hours each week at the retail " ReStore" operation where the staff efforts are focused, and the center is an effective focal point for community donations that contribute to the achievement of cost effective housing. In addition, the center makes a strong community statement with "recycling" in a very meaningful way.
It has been rewarding in my small way of assisting the community by working with this excellent organization.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is an outstanding place to dedicate your time and money. They offer a "hand up" not a "hand out" to individuals and families stuck in substandard housing. The efforts you make provide an immediate impact in our community by providing safe, decent affordable housing to deserving families. I love volunteering with this organization!
Habitat Pinellas is a collaboration of hard working dedicated poeple who care the community and serving those in need.