THUNDER BAY – Do you have some time you would like to donate toward a very worthy cause? Habitat for Humanity volunteers gathered on site at the most recent Habitat home build, to help the organization launch a new recruitment campaign earlier today.
Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay is looking for more hands as they embark on their 22nd home build.
Volunteers are the backbone of the not-for-profit organization that has been in Thunder Bay since 1994. CEO Diane Mitchell says, “The volunteers we do have are so dedicated, but we are currently limited with the number of people we have. As the years go by, our pool of volunteers continues to decline, while the need for houses continues to increase”.
“People of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay,” Mitchell continues, “Older, younger, married, single, with or without children – you can become a volunteer. What people don’t realize is Habitat volunteers are building more than just houses”.
Four dedicated Habitat volunteers were on-site today to talk about why they volunteer. Whether it was to stay active after retirement, complete high school volunteer hours, provide unique networking opportunities for their employees while giving back, or to make life-long friends; the volunteers were all very proud to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity team and were all building something other than homes, from the experience.
Volunteer Al Wainwright has been a local volunteer for the last three years. Wainwright shared, “I was sitting at home driving my wife crazy, so she suggested I volunteer and I am so happy that I did. I have learned to use many different types of tools while on builds and have made some great friends along the way”.
Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay also introduced a new member of their team today. Danielle Smith is the new Volunteer Coordinator. Smith will focus on recruiting new volunteers over the next couple of months for the organization. Smith commented, “Habitat is now looking to recruit a larger base of capable and diverse volunteers who can provide skilled trade services, supportive administrative services, and dedicated guidance through committees. Volunteers make such an enormous contribution at Habitat—the donation of their valuable time”.
Habitat volunteers are currently working five days a week building a single-family dwelling home located at 36 Johnson Avenue. This is the future home for the Williams family.
For further information on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay, please visit their website at: www.habitattbay.com.