Years after I was diagnosed with cancer, when I was well enough to participate in building a house with Habitat for Humanity. I am fairly certain the project was not part of a blitz, but I know the experts and volunteers built the house very quickly. Participating in building a house for another person was one of the best experiences in my life. I wish I started before cancer made this difficult for me.
Although there are many reasons why a post about volunteering to build homes belongs in a blog about overcoming adversity, I will describe only a few reasons in this post. I have no doubt I will write about Habitat for Humanity again, and I will include additional reasons in subsequent posts.
- Volunteering, whether or not you are building houses, is educational, informative, heartwarming and a great way to strengthen skills in networking, goal setting, planning, scheduling, performing, evaluating, communicating, and listening.
- Volunteering with Habitat is an opportunity to help people less fortunate than yourself. Although donating money is extremely helpful, donating your time is more meaningful — at least it was for me.