Volunteers are the building blocks of our successHabitat for Humanity (HFH) of Douglas County is blessed with wonderful volunteers; without them nothing would happen.
By: By Lori Anderson, Habitat for Humanity, Alexandria Echo Press
Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Douglas County is blessed with wonderful volunteers; without them nothing would happen.
There are many volunteer opportunities ranging from working at the construction site, mentoring a partner family, serving on a program committee, volunteering in the office and helping raise funds to build homes.
Groups coming from businesses, churches, service clubs and organizations report a great bonding experience while they work on the job site. One group volunteer reported, “Working on the Habitat home was a highlight of my summer.”
Individual volunteers often sign on to learn a particular skill they can apply themselves or to help other friends or family members. Other volunteers often repeat at the same stage of construction on each house; it is something they enjoy and have become skilled in the task.
This year HFH will be building homes on Oak Street in Alexandria. The Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home is located at 909 Oak Street in Alexandria. The first build day is May 4. Another new home construction project will kick off in June at 903 Oak Street.
New volunteers and groups are welcome to get involved with HFH. For more information, contact Julie Klopp at (320) 762-4255 or e-mail email@example.com.
A complete build schedule and other volunteer opportunities are available on the website www.hfhdouglascounty.org, click on volunteering, then click on the Volunteer Hub logo. If you are a new user, you will need to register, click on sign in, and follow the steps.
May 21: Drop off for Friends of HFH Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Runestone Community Center (main rink), Alexandria.
May 22: Annual HFH Garage Sale at Runestone Community Center, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 22: HFH Warehouse Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1605 Melvina Lane SW, Alexandria.
May 29: Awake the Lakes with Big Ole – 4th annual Bicycle, Motorcycle and Classic Car Ride for HFH. For a complete schedule of events and list of silent auction items, go to the website www.hfhdouglascounty.org
HFH of Douglas County receives 2010 Best Practices Award
HFH of Douglas County was honored at the 2010 Minnesota Habitat Statewide Conference. The Best Practice Awards Program and Banquet recognized affiliates’ efforts in five categories.
HFH of Douglas County received recognition in Best Practices in Board Development – Training. Board members Steve Hellermann and John Loken accepted the award.
Bruce Regan, board member of HFH of Minnesota, said, “Not only has Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County had the highest number of participants in Habitat Minnesota’s Conferences and Training Program, but this affiliate then returned to the office or board room and began to directly apply their learning. As a result of training sessions attended, they created and implemented financial policies, a new budget process, a volunteer orientation program and formed an Affordability Task Force. The impact has been far reaching.