Friday, September 30, 2016

Habitat For Humanity

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Hello, from the Northwest Metro!

I wanted to share a little about a volunteer opportunity that all of us at City Wide Maintenance of MN partook in. On this past Wednesday, our entire office joined together with Habitat for Humanity, to help build a house for a family in need.

The house was located in St Paul, in a old neighborhood, that we believe will benefit from having a new house on the block. It was a very cool experience, as we learned more about Habitat for Humanity, the work they do, the people they help, and the neighborhoods they help. We received a little backstory on the lot where we were building the house, the neighborhood, and the neighbors themselves.  It was interesting to hear all the steps that are involved and the people these project affect.

Upon completing our safety training, we broke into 3 different crews: one crew was siding the house, one crew helped set up scaffolding, and another crew worked on framing and flooring punch-list items inside the house.

We quickly learned who had a knack for construction projects within our office, and it gave us an opportunity for some healthy competition!  Together, we made some great progress on the house and did our part in helping a family get one day closer to having a place to call home.

Overall, this was a great experience, as most volunteer projects are! I thought it was particularly fun because we got to use power tools and build stuff!  I would highly recommend taking part in a Habitat project if you are looking to volunteer, because they do a great job in providing help with one of the biggest financial hardships many people face.

Cheers and have a great fall!