When we at Homestead Custom Carpentry heard about the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity’s Red Deer, we were thrilled and immediately wanted to get involved. We have always had a desire to contribute to the City of Red Deer by fighting poverty in our local communities and building hope for those who need a safe home, and wanted to share the experience with Habitat Red Deer.
The volunteer onboarding process was straightforward and simple. Alyson, Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator, sent us the volunteer agreement forms to fill out along with the information:
· Days and times available for scheduled shifts
· Steel-toed boots required
· PPE supplied (eye wear, hard hats, gloves, safety vests, etc.)
Our Homestead team chose to arrive on a Thursday: we were greeted by Habitat’s Construction Manager Todd Lamoureux, who gave us an orientation, explained the day’s duties (e.g. siding, painting, and decking) and asked us some questions about our construction experience. Todd was thankful to have Homestead’s Brent Purdie and Mike Wark, who are skilled carpenters, along with a handful of other eager volunteers.
Once we were assigned a task, we set to work. As one of our tasks for the day, we were given the job of installing vinyl siding on the north side of the house. Vinyl is an appealing choice for many homeowners, as it is easy to install, requires virtually zero maintenance, and is quite affordable.
At noon, it was a surprise to be greeted with a delicious catered lunch, served on-site in one of the garages we were constructing.
Homestead Custom Carpentry was not the only Red Deer building contractor to volunteer time and skill towards Habitat’s admirable cause. For work beyond the scope of what day-to-day volunteers can handle, other professionals from trades such as plumbing (e.g. Bruin’s Plumbing), electrical, HVAC, metal-working, and drywall finishing also ensured that the finished home was of high quality and met or exceeded building code requirements. Without these individuals and their experience, it would be difficult to complete the project.
Throughout the day, it was exciting to get to know and work alongside the eventual owners of the houses themselves. We were also delighted for Todd to inform us that, because of Canada’s 150th birthday year, Habitat for Humanity has set out to build 150 homes in their #150ReasonsToBuild campaign to end the cycle of poverty and provide local families with affordable housing.
Overall, the experience as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Red Deer team was inspirational, fun, and one that you can’t miss! We hope to volunteer again soon!
Homestead Custom Carpentry http://www.homesteadcustomcarpentry.com/ 403-588-9301