It's a new year (yay!) and we know that for some of you, that means setting new goals. Whether you’re in the throes of a new health regimen or hoping to travel abroad, we’re here to help. At Habitat for Humanity, our work is based on the principle of providing a hand up, so we’ve taken four popular resolutions and explained how volunteering with Habitat can help you achieve them!
Give Back/Volunteer more
This one is pretty easy to figure out, right? Volunteering your time to Habitat for Humanity is truly seeing community transformation in action. Whether you're on a build site or in a ReStore, you're likely to run into a family in the process of becoming homeowners and working on their sweat equity. And it all comes full circle when you attend the home dedication to see a Habitat family receive the keys to their new home.
Bonus Benefit: Recent studies have shown that the more time you give to volunteering, the more time you feel you have yourself!
Spending a full day on a construction site is usually a work-out. Depending on the day, you could be lifting trusses, hanging drywall, shoveling dirt, throwing sod, or painting entire houses. Ask anyone who’s volunteered on a construction site with us before, you leave ready for a shower (and feeling pretty good about the work you did)!
From a Corporation for National & Community Service report: “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health… those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”
The ReStore is Habitat's discount home improvement outlet. Individuals, businesses, builders and remodelers, etc., donate unneeded building materials, cabinets, appliances, hardware, flooring, lighting, and other supplies, to the store. Those donated items are then sold at the ReStore with every penny in earnings going to Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka to help build more homes.
When you volunteer at one of our ReStores, you’re helping us recycle more than 927 tons of material each year.
Did you know that Habitat for Humanity has a Global Village Program? You can volunteer internationally on a team to build decent, safe, and affordable shelter alongside members of the community you’re in. You’ll also learn about poverty housing, development challenges and Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help eradicate them. To get more information about our next trip, sign up here!