For me, Habitat for Humanity is like my second family. After seven years I still feel the same enthusiasm as I did on my first day volunteering. The people at the ReStore are caring, friendly and helpful. There are many various tasks to choose from. There’s something for everyone. I found my niche in donations processing and pricing where I’ve had the opportunity to meet many wonderful donors. I never know what treasures or interesting items will come through the door on a given day. Every day is different and challenging.
It’s so rewarding to volunteer beside family members who have been given a lifetime opportunity of owning a home. If you go to a home dedication, you will find it to be truly moving and heart-warming when these families receive the keys to their own home, especially since you know that you helped to make it happen.
At Sanofi we’re committed to meeting critical needs in our communities, which is why we have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest Greater Worcester for the past several years. Not only has our partnership allowed us to support Habitat in providing affordable, safe housing for local families, but it has been a great opportunity for our employees – many of whom live and work in the MetroWest area – to get involved. This has been a favorite volunteer activity of our employees, who can see firsthand the important impact Habitat is making in our community.
I've been building homes as a volunteer with Habitat for over six years following my retirement from a career that had nothing remotely to do with construction. I'm thoroughly enjoying this and it's actually become my retirement career. I've come to know a great group of other "regular" volunteers, most of whom have more expertise and better skills than myself, and are always supportive. From them and from the project managers I've learned a variety of skills that I've applied at home too. When there are groups volunteering from companies or organizations I've been able to help or guide their activities. That's particularly satisfying when I see someone trying and succeeding at something they've never done before. This experience has boosted my own confidence; I've even conquered my fear of heights. It's particularly gratifying meeting and working with the recipient of the house we're building. Every week I learn something new, use cool toys, get better exercise than any gym, and do all that while also getting the satisfaction of helping a family get a home.