The first Build Jared and me showed our skills with the hammer by helping to build a storage shed while Jeff helped out on building storage shelve for the shed. We also got a chance to show our painting skill to. Overall it was a fun experience and pretty soon the house will be finished and a family will be able to move in.
Teamwork – it is important to use team work when building things such as houses, sheds, and shelves. If you do not work as a team and follow the leader, your chances of succeeding in your goal are slim. There were times when it took more than one person to accomplish moving or lifting things. It was obvious the task oriented people were working in more of a team than those that were interested in socializing. Like Jarrod mentioned earlier, some people didn’t have a desire to be there. Such as a few girls who were more interested in taking pictures of themselves holding hammers.
This seems to be one of the most common issues when dealing with groups of people. Since taking this class, this specific situation has become a lot more apparent. It was almost as if someone got me to see the large elephant in the room.
It was very important for us to listen to the leaders that were there volunteering as well. Seeing how they had more experience in construction than we did, it was essential that we followed their instructions.
As I mentioned in the opening slide, Habitat for Humanity offers a unique experience for people to interact with others who may not be of the same race, sex, or religion. The people I was helping build shelves with consisted of one white female, one African American female, and the white male volunteer leader. We worked very well together and enjoyed each other’s company throughout the work day.
The individuals who qualify for a house have made some payments toward the home and have showed that they will use this house as an opportunity to better their future. The parents, in some of these cases, will now be able to lead their children toward better lives. To conclude, we now know that we were building more than just a home for someone, we were helping build a future.
What is Habitat for Humanity?<br />Nonprofit Christian Housing Ministry<br />Founded by Millard and Linda Fuller<br />People from all races and religions come together to build for those in need<br />Have built over 350,000 houses internationally <br />
How it Works<br />Volunteers and Donations<br />Not a giveaway program<br />
Activity and Purpose<br />Lends a helping hand to those in need<br />Depend on others for labor on houses<br />Globally active in providing temporary and permanent shelter to those in need.<br />
Fighting against Homelessness<br />The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations<br />In the United States alone, 95 million people have housing problems<br />
Habitat Houses<br />.<br />Simple.Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.<br />Decent.Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.<br />Affordable.The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses<br />
Mission Accomplished<br />Build a Shed<br />Build shelves <br />Various Construction <br />
Leadership Observations<br />Team Leadership<br /> -Working together for a common goal<br />Sit back and Watch<br /> -Passive leadership<br />
Observations Cont.<br />Leadership initiative <br /> -Willingness to work hard<br />Multiple jobs at the same time<br />Desire to be there Vs. Have to be there<br />