A message from Mark Havitz:
I’ve signed up to work at one of the local Habitat for Humanity build sites on Thursday, May 9 and am sending this invitation to anyone who would like to join me. We will be volunteering on the last two of 16 townhomes built at 23 Howe Drive in Kitchener over the past couple of years. Niki and I did a day on some other units on the Howe Drive site last year.
It is my understanding that framing for these units will start this month (April) and HFH expects that volunteers will be doing drywall and insulation during the week in question. I chose Thursday May 9 because it fit with my schedule and because they still had 12 volunteer spots open for that day. Now that I’ve signed up, 11 remain. By contrast, many of the days in May only have 4 or 5 volunteer slots still open.
Habitat for Humanity builds are a wonderful way to experience community and community building. No construction experience is necessary. There will be a project manager and some experienced volunteer crew on site to help us do things right and feel safe and comfortable while doing it. I’ve only done drywall once in my life (20 years ago) and insulation about three times, most recently in 2005, so am far from an expert on this part of things. I’m just hoping I can get dirty enough to feel I’ve done my part.
If you are interested, sign up ASAP over the next few days by going to http://www.habitatwaterlooregion.on.ca/
Once there, click on the “How to Help” drop-down, then on “Volunteer” and then on “Build Volunteering” and follow the instructions. I created a group called “Mark Havitz and Friends” which you can type into the Company/Organization box, but I don’t think it’s a required field.
Drop me a note if you decide to volunteer so I have a sense of who’s coming. I’ll keep everyone posted with a bit of HFH background material over the next month so everyone has a good idea of what HFH is about and how things work.
Thanks for considering this!