Service Projects: Community Building With Habitat for Humanity and Libby’s
Service—I had the opportunity to go with Mom It Forward to the Habitat for Humanity build here in Utah this last weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up to help for this project. Before we began, the general contractor for Habitat and Libby's rep helped us understand what Habitat for Humanity does for families. They are not giving away homes for free but are providing homes to families at cost and are financing the mortgage at zero percent interest. This not only makes the home more affordable for families, but also gives them some equity in their new home when they move in.
The thing I loved the most about this program is that the family that is receiving the home is required to work at least 200 hours of service for Habitat before they can close. The contractor said that he gets to know the families very well and loves seeing what this type of service does not only for the new homeowner but also for the hundreds of volunteers that help him every week. I felt privileged to be able to do my small part to help this home reach its completion.
I was fortunate to work along side of a few of the Mom It Forward community members. I loved getting to know Lindsey from @therhouse, Cariann from @ohsweetbasil, Darin from @busymommymedia, and Karina from @karinawetzel. Working together in our community not only helps others, but also stregthens our friendships and support for each other.
Iya from @LibbysTable was also right there with us. Libby’s partnered with Fresh Market to collect non-perishable items October 2-22 at all 16 Salt Lake Valley locations. They encouraged shoppers to stop by and donate their non-perishable items to help Habitat for Humanity families make mealtime a reality. Visit GetBacktotheTable.com, @LibbysTable, or Facebook.com/LibbysTable for a variety of recipes and tips for making mealtime even easier!
When the homes are completed, Libby’s will provide each home with a pantry stocked with Libby’s products to make simple, easy meals for the family, a dining table for six to have a place to enjoy a meal together, and place settings for at least six family members. This is incredible! What a great way to help families realize the importance of family meal time!
I loved being a part of this Habitat for Humanity build and will definitely provide service again for their organization. I think it is important to find ways to serve in our community and with Habitat building an average of 5 homes a year in my city, I know there will always be a place where I can make a difference.
What service projects do you enjoy doing? What can you and your family do this year to help other people in your community?