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It’s thirty degrees on a Saturday morning. I’m warming my hands over a built-in space heater in a trailer in Danvers, Mass. I stop to bend down and pick at the caulk dried to my boots. Myself and another volunteer, Nora, have caulked almost every window in this side of the two family home we’re working on. This is Nora’s sixth Habitat build and my first as part of the Habitat for Humanity chapter here on campus. Nora, myself and two other Emmanuel student volunteers piled into a van early this morning to give our time and participate in this Habitat build.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Habitat for Humanity, it’s a non-profit organization that helps build affordable housing for families in need. Habitat prides itself on building sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing for qualifying low income families.
During our lunch break I take some time to sit on the back steps of the house. I can finally see this empty shell all coming together-the house, the yard, everything these families will soon come to enjoy and the memories that will be made here. To think that these volunteers, myself included, could help make some of these things achievable with our own hands is very gratifying. This feeling trumps the feelings of exhaustion and frigid air I feel around me. It felt so nice to come together with strangers and be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
Want to be a part of Emmanuel’s Habitat for Humanity chapter? There are two more builds left for this semester! Build Dates are on Saturday April 20 and Saturday April 27. For more information, come to one of the meetings every Tuesday at 7pm, located in room G09 in the library.