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I highly doubt anyone wants me building their house.  I cannot remember ever hitting a nail straight, but I can paint.  I figured my jeans needed a little more color.  Luckily for me, Habitat for Humanity has a tab on their website for people who want to be involved, but have no idea what they are doing: Non-Construction.  Thrilled that I could do office work, retail, or something in public relations, I decided it was time to stop talking and start doing.  It is one thing to say “when our books sell, we’ll donate to charities X, Y or Z;” it is another thing to put my time where my mouth is.

Today was my first day working at ReStore, a retail store that resells items to raise money for the construction materials used in projects.  While this time I spent 2 hours reorganizing the lighting department, they have promised to give me marketing and PR work next time I’m in.  I will get to help write the newsletter and learn about press releases.  So long as I don’t have to hammer anything, I’m happy.

~Eliabeth Hawthorne

To donate to Habitat for Humanity, visit their website here: https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/one/donate.aspx?link=401

For more information on volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitat.org/getinv/volunteer_programs.asp