Friday, March 8, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Experience

If you don't know by now, I'm really big on volunteering.

Because I'm a non-driver, much of my volunteer experience has been virtual while here in North Carolina. But I have done a ton of hands-on volunteering in my life, as a mom and before motherhood.

I had an incredible opportunity a few weeks ago to volunteer with some DIY bloggers on a Habitat for Humanity home in Wake County.

We were reassigned due to the weather, so all of our work wound up being indoors, and much of it was painting and cleaning. Which, to many of my fellow volunteers, was probably not very exciting, but for someone like me who can't remember the last time I picked up a paintbrush that wasn't child-friendly, it was pretty cool.

Thanks to Brittany, of Pretty Handy Girl, I have some pictures of my handiwork.

We had supportive Habitat leaders on-hand to tell us what we needed to do, even if it looks like we were just chatting it up. It's weird to pose with a paintbrush in your hand, in my recent experience.

More interesting posing here. 

And, at last, hard at work again!

I have to give a huge shout out to Danielle, of 2 Little Superheroes, who coordinated this entire event. I met Danielle the DAY OF when she did me the hugest favor ever and picked me up to bring me to the house we were working on. Crazy, right? Oh, how the bloggy universe works. 

Here's a shot of her getting down and dirty, too!

All in all this was a fantastic experience. Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is always in need of volunteers, and would love for you to reach out to them for more information on how to participate in an upcoming event. Check out their website by clicking here:

Get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Lastly, I'm excited to share a picture of the entire crew. We were a small bunch, but we were able to help and that's what matters most.

If any local friends would like to participate in something like this, I'd love to help out. Maybe as the weather warms up we can work on something outdoors, or do some gardening for a house or community. Ha! Yes, I did just say that ... me and my black thumbs and all ...

And if you're not in the area, check out the national Habitat for Humanity website to find a nearby location.

Consider taking some time soon to help an organization in need of extra hands. It will make you feel incredible and remind you that sometimes giving of your time means more or as much as donating a few dollars can.


  1. AW! Look at you out there doing good. I absolutely love it. Habitat for Humanity is such a wonderful organization. Love your pictures. A beautiful person doing beautiful work! :) --Lisa

  2. What an amazing way to donate some of your time. My Dad (now 70) Helps to build houses while he is wintering in Florida in the winter. I am humbled and proud of you both!! Clapping!

  3. How awesome Andrea! Looks like it was a lot of fun! I love volunteering too & it makes you feel really good helping others out :)

  4. Oh awesome experience. You make a cute painter. I used to do habitat with my work and it was rewarding.

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  6. What fun! Being that I don't recognize any of the people in this picture, I totally would have done this!

  7. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. My father-in-law has worked with Habitat for Humanity for many years, in many countries. I hope to one day take a long trip with my family and him.

  8. It was great meeting you too Andrea! I had to laugh because I wrote my post already and totally forgot to publish it ;-D. It will go live tomorrow.

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  10. This is awesome! Good job!

  11. You are such an awesome soul. I would love to do something like that but I'm what you call a putz. Ain't no body got time for digging nails out of there feet.
    Kidding. I would do it if my back wasn't such a jerk

  12. I love that you do this. I haven't done something along these lines in a long time. We have something called Christmas in April in Chicago where companies have crews that go out to seniors' houses and fix them up/make them safe, and I used to be in charge of that for my company. LOVED doing it. And I need to get back to it - thanks for the reminder :)


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