Discover your Inner Contractor

By

John Blombach

Want to learn some marketable skills?  Snatch up the tool apron.  Grab a hammer, a square and a level.  Let’s build something and change somebody’s life.  Volunteerism is alive and well at Habitat for Humanity. Discover your inner contractor!

The college has a partnership with several community organizations to provide service learning experience for students.  I’ve just completed a stint with Habitat for Humanity.  It has been a life changing experience for me as well as those underprivileged families who will receive the benefit of the homes we are building.

Habitat has experience in home building.  They have built over 300,000 homes around the globe in the last 30 years.  They have developed more real estate than Donald Trump.  Simple, decent, affordable housing is the most basic human requirement for life.  Habitat and its sponsors offer alternative solutions to this ever growing need for basic shelter.

Habitat for Humanity builds houses around the world according to the same guiding principles:  A world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.  Advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Habitat for Humanity NCM offers a hand up, not a hand out to hard-working, low-income families seeking affordable homeownership. Simple, decent, affordable homes are built or rehabbed in partnership with families, donors and volunteers who share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

What are habitat houses like?  Simple, decent and affordable.  Habitat houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.

According to Habitat.org, Habitat houses in the United States are typically built using wood frame construction and home designs reflect the local climate and culture.  Efficient building methods and modest house sizes make the homes affordable. Habitat houses may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space for a three bedroom home.

Habitat for Humanity is a community-funded organization — a community that includes our Habitat homebuyers. The work of Habitat for Humanity would not be possible without the unwavering support of our generous corporate sponsors, local business and volunteers.  Most are the brands you know.  Our corporate partners work hand-in-hand with us to provide decent, affordable shelter to families in need.

If you wish to make a difference but don’t want to don the work boots, come work in the Re-Store or office.

          Plan your Spring Break now; no experience necessary, on the job training.  Learn all the ins and outs of building and rehabbing homes.  Find your inner celebrity!  Maybe you will be the next star on Reality TV’s Flip or Flop!