On June 15th, 8 of our SEA members sported hard hats, work boots and safety glasses to help out at the Habitat for Humanity site. Habitat uses volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing for families in need, as a way to break the poverty cycle. The families that receive help in owning their own homes also have to donate a specific amount of hours to the build, so we were working along side them as well.
The build site we worked on is nearly complete and it is hoped that the dedication of the houses will happen sometime in August. This meant our day was spent helping with landscaping work, no easy feat as we had to haul the dirt and soil from the center of the build site to the specific houses. Wheelbarrows and shovels were the tools for the day rather than hammers and nails. Others of us helped fix cupboards and kitchen drawers, do clean up on flooring and hook up stoves and refrigerators. Oh and best not forget the weeding, which requires a special ”hip swinging” to get just right. What a laugh! You can view the pictures on our facebook page.
Edmonton has the most active Habitat group , building more houses every year than any other city in Canada. There are sites located all over Edmonton and surrounding areas and the volunteer shifts run from Tuesdays through Saturdays every week. If you are interested in volunteering as an individual then check out their site for information.
A productive Saturday, and a huge thank you to the volunteers! We will definitely set up another volunteer day with this organisation, not only did we have fun but felt a great sense of accomplishment by the end of it. What a great day!