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Habitat for Humanity - Middlesex

Kelly Thomas works on a window at the Habitat house.

by Greg Chambers

It takes four things for a Habitat Chapter to be successful. Think four legs of a stool. First is land. You have to have a place to build. Of the five homes we’ve built in Middlesex, only one was built on donated land.

This brings us to the second leg—money. While donated materials and services are critical, there are still a lot of things we need to buy.

The third leg is leadership, since someone needs to develop plans, obtain permits and make sure that the 2x4’s are there on Saturday. The Habitat Board handles this piece.

The piece that makes it all happen is the volunteers. It’s amazing what can be done in a few hours by a team of motivated, but often unskilled volunteers. Volunteers truly are the key!

Last weekend our volunteers were led by Anna Shaw and a crew from Christchurch School. As part of her Oyster Festival Queen project, Anna has been organizing volunteer crews to help non-profits. We read about her efforts in last week’s Sentinel and sent her an email. A few days later her team was on site and ready to go at 8:30 a.m. We finished the house wrap, installed the windows, put sheathing on the end gables, and did half the roofing.

In addition to Anna’s crew, which included her mother Donna, we had a few experienced builders led by building chair Mike Longest.

This Saturday, we will have volunteers from Middlesex Elementary School, the co-workers of our current partner family, led by Evelyn West. MES sent an advance crew to check things out last weekend in the form of the Larson family. Eric was on the roof; Patty installed the windows!

In the coming weeks we are in need of volunteer crews. If your church, work group, or bunch of friends would like to help, call Greg Chambers at 804-832-9496 or email . We need groups of 6-12 people; no experience required.

posted 08.07.2013

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