5. Volunteer With Habitat For Humanity

Posted at November 3, 2010 by 4 Comments

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Are you looking for an experience that you are guaranteed to never forget?  Then challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before.  I did just that and ended up working on a Habitat for Humanity Build in Washington DC!

Why was this a challenge for me?

I am as clumsy as they come.  Yet there I was hammering away on the frame of a home like I did this for a living.  A few hours, and hundreds of nails later, we had laid out the entire framework for the first floor of a new home.

Help our neighbors

From their site: At Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., we believe that all our neighbors deserve safe, comfortable homes they can afford – and there’s no better way to build our communities than to all lend a hand.

I really couldn’t have put it any better than this.  I truly enjoyed my time working with the folks at Habitat for Humanity.  They were patient in teaching first-time volunteers and made the day a truly enjoyable and uplifting experience.  Because the new homeowners are required to also work on their home, chances are the homeowner-to-be will be there working right next to you.

Think about that for a second.

In real time, you’ll be turning your effort and hard work into making a better life for the person hammering away right next to you.    This was truly a great feeling and I have to admit that I think I got more out of this experience than I gave.  I really do hope you get out there and help another DC resident this year.


Multiple spots in DC:  You can volunteer as a group or as an individual, and they have builds all year round.  Have a blast!


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4 Responses to “5. Volunteer With Habitat For Humanity”

  1. rohan says:

    Just testing comments.

  2. nigel says:

    I’ve done this and it was really a lot of fun. Very fulfilling experience.

  3. matthew says:

    how do you sign up?


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