ACTS of LOVE & KINDNESS: Building a community with Habitat for Humanity and whistling while I worked!
This past Friday, February 14th, as part of energi PR’s Acts of Love & Kindness, I had the opportunity to trade in my high heels and business attire for steel toe boots and casuals to support Habitat for Humanity – an organization I have grown quite fond of over the past few years.
Habitat’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
The sad reality is that poverty remains such a huge part of our society, so organizations like Habitat that empower families and offer them an opportunity to achieve a sense of stability are at the forefront of change.
I’ve now had the opportunity to volunteer on three different occasions, at three different sites in the GTA with Habitat, and I’m always inspired by the ongoing commitment of its supporters – whether students, retirees, contractors, corporations and even an 80 year-old gentleman! Spending a day-shift with people from all walks of life and sharing learnings, is the definition of community at its best.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience Habitat, locally or globally, I highly recommend it. The rewards of a job site shift are plentiful. From shovelling gravel to sawing wood to installing a door frame to insulating a basement to priming the interior of a house, Habitat has given me hands-on experience and a sense of personal accomplishment in the labour force that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Let’s face it, me and power tools aren’t of the norm, but I can’t help but feel my inner Rosie the Riveter can-do spirit at play when I put on my hard hat and safety goggles and get briefed by my foreman.
Jacqueline Zonneville is an Account Director with energi PR’s Healthcare Practice in Toronto.