APOGLA had an opportunity gain to be part of a human endeavor service project: Habitat for Humanity. It was a great opportunity for everyone who was there to render utmost service and be part of one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world that provides deserving people with affordable, clean and decent homes to live in.Â Habitat for Humanity is also the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States.
We all know there are billions of people around the world with poor housing and millions of people are homeless especially nowadays with the global economical crisis. In the US alone, about a third of the population have housing issues and most of them are due to financial constraint when the payment for a house thru a lender is too much for a low income family.
For everyone’s information as per Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity was founded in Koinonia Farm (Christian Community) in Americus Georgia by Linda Fuller and Millard Fuller in 1976. Past President Jimmy Carter and his wife are longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization’s house-building work and gave the organization worldwide awareness. Also, Habitat for Humanity offers opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing to own a decent home to live as long as they met the criterion that includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income and Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment. They also render 300 to 500 hours on the construction of their home or someone else’s home because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, and mortgage payments are kept affordable. Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 350,000 houses, and has provided affordable homes to more than 1.75 million people worldwide.
Though I know that there were other brethren who wanted to be part of this service project, Habitat for Humanity only allowed 15 volunteers from APOGLA for that day. Fourteen Brothers and Sisters and yours truly of APOGLA participated in this heartwarming service project and there are also other volunteers from the Fire Department, family and another small group who went there as volunteers. Some brethren came in early, before 8 AM, and started working already though the service is from 8 AM to 2 PM. We did outside house painting up to the top of the second floor of the house, landscaping, and sanding on three houses. Everyone worked hard and had a nice time. The Habitat for Humanity Project Manager and Contractor Supervisor saw our enthusiasm and saw how we rendered a cheerful service. They even joined us during our break time; you can perceive thru their action that APOGLA is welcome to render service there in the future.
The Habitat for Humanity Project Manager is looking for APOGLA members to go back there in February or March and continue what we have started, but now in a greater magnitude of volunteers from APOGLA if the weather permits and probably to assist them in their fundraising program in the future.
The service project adjourned at 2PM but we started cleaning up at 1:30 PM.Â During that time everybody was looking at the house and it was mesmerizing to see what we had accomplished on that day.Â But simply, it was just another successful service project.
We are always glad to be of service.
-Eric Aralar DN