The time is now if you are looking to volunteer to help a local non-profit whose mission is to provide an opportunity for low/middle income families to own their own home. “In 2013, Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will celebrate 25 years serving the south suburbs,” noted executive director David Tracy.
“Our program is designed to provide an opportunity for home ownership to hard working families who otherwise would live in sub-standard condition. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with zero percent interest, affordable loans. Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. In addition to monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the homes of others.”
Volunteers are needed at all levels of the operation --- to work at jobsites, on committees and at the Habitat ReStore. “At the jobsite we can use anyone age 16+ --- skill is not a prerequisite as our crew is quite adept at training,” added Tracy. In fact, that’s the reason a lot of people volunteer --- to learn how to paint, or cut wood or install drywall.”
“But we also need volunteers who might have some experience with public relations, accounting, or managing an office. In addition, our faith relations program needs some fresh thinking. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community.”
Those who are interested in volunteering can sign-up to work at jobsites or at the ReStore on the affiliate web site (www.gohabitat.net) by linking through the ‘Volunteer Now’ button. Individuals looking to help in other ways should call 708-756-2015.
-Information released by Habitat for Humanity