West End United Methodist Church member, Bill Farris is always learning. Each time he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity he learns something—how to swing a hammer, use a saw safely, measure accurately…and it’s fun! He describes a day with Habitat as seeing “ants on crackers”—in other words, a swarm of folks busy helping to create a home.
“Don’t think you can build a house? Join a Habitat group and see what you can accomplish,” Bill challenges everyone. Not only do volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, but also, they can use their existing skills, including painting, landscaping, and even cleaning up, to finish out the construction. Men, women, and older teens can be part of the team, and the time commitment is flexible.
Listen to this short interview below to find out more about Bill's experience volunteering at Habitat for Humanity!
Habitat For Humanity
An ecumenical Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity provides the life-changing opportunity for people to own affordable quality homes. Habitat family members participate in learning about home ownership and then invest “sweat equity” as they work alongside the volunteers. They too are gaining new skills, and they are also acquiring the dignity of seeing what their own work has achieved and an appreciation for the belief in them exhibited by the commitment of so many volunteers.
This year’s build by West End United Methodist Church is the 15th consecutive year (plus one earlier) that the congregation has worked together—volunteering and fundraising—to build a home. Typically, more than 50 members, like Bill Farris, volunteer. Additionally, other church members, usually through Sunday school classes, provide lunches for the eight days of construction. Sign up for this year’s build will be in Reed Hall in August. The tasks are listed with the dates, so volunteers can choose what suits them best.
Our church partners with other United Methodist churches for supplying both volunteers and the funds needed for the construction. WEUMC needs to raise $20,000 this year toward the cost of the house, and recently, we’ve been able to give another $800 as a housewarming gift for a washer and dryer for the family. Fundraising for our share of the build has begun already.