Hello friends and family! Yesterday, Ben and I spent our Saturday serving with our small group for Habitat for Humanity Chesapeake. If you don't know about Habitat, it is an organization that has been around since the 1970's that builds affordable housing for families in need. Habitat for Humanity Chesapeake has been around since 1982 and serves the Chesapeake Bay area. It is a great organization and you should definitely check out the chapter near you!
Ben and I joined another couple from our small group, Todd and Lindsey (check out their awesome blog here for amazing recipes and DIY tutorials!) in Baltimore to serve Habitat. The other couple in our group, David & Melissa, were supposed to come but unfortunately were too sick :( Just means we will have to do it again! We served in the Brooklyn area of Baltimore with some other volunteers, two Americorp volunteers, and the guy who was in charge of Habitat for the area. We broke off into three groups to work on the three houses. In Baltimore, Habitat mostly does rehabbing the inside of houses instead of building them from the ground up.
Our project was working on installing laminate flooring in the bedrooms of the house. Thankfully it was an inside job! Laying floor was hard work! Most of the flooring was already installed except for the edges and corners of the room. We also worked on repairing some floor pieces that were installed improperly. We worked from about 9am-3pm with a lunch break and it looked like we didn't do much! Most of the time was spent measuring, cutting, fitting, and then redoing it all when it didn't quite fit. Lots of trial and error with the floor boards! But our Americorp volunteer said we did a great job and was really pleased with our work so I guess it was productive! I'd love to go back sometime, especially when it is a bit warmer!
Check out your local Habitat for Humanity and see how you can help! There are plenty of options other than construction in case that's not for you. And don't forget to check out our friends' blog, Todd & Lindsey!