The At Your Service Long Island office recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Suffolk County as part of the At Your Service Day of Service series. Our team was honored to help build a one story house in Ronkonkoma. We had a lot of fun - and we learned a lot too.
Before we suited up, we got to learn a little about the Habitat program from our coordinator, Chris. Habitat has the home recipients participate in a series of classes on finance and basic home repair prior to moving into the home. Recipients work for 300 hours on the home they will be receiving - they call this sweat equity. The program establishes a foundation so the recipients of a Habitat home can successfully maintain and stay in that home.
Through partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Habitat for Humanity gives housing for AmeriCorps volunteers, individuals who serve full time to volunteer at Habitat or affiliates and gain scholarship money to use to further their education at the end of their term. We got the chance to work with 2 individuals from AmeriCorps, (they were in charge of making sure we didn’t get hurt in the process!) and despite the cold, we had a great time and really felt like we were making a difference in the community.
The house itself is going to a Huntington School district security guard, Youlanda Carey. Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club raised $20,000 to support the Habitat efforts and came out to volunteer at least once a week to work on the house that Ms. Carey will be receiving.
This day really encouraged us and made us feel like we were making a difference for this home for a very deserving person. The project is running into the summer so we are hoping to make it back there! (Once the weather gets warmer!)
Thanks to Habitat for having us!!