Habitat seeks more volunteers to finish fourth build

Lisa Goudy
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The Bennett family helping dig the first hole to their new home.

Habitat for Humanity needs more volunteers.

“We’re just finishing up our fourth build and we’ve kind of had a lull in volunteers and are just looking to get the word out to get more individuals and/or companies involved in a work day,” said Jennifer Dominguez, co-chair of Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw. “This tends to be a hard month (for volunteers).”

Dominguez said Habitat for Humanity has been running with two to three volunteers each day when there is a maximum of five volunteers per day.

“(Volunteers) are extremely important. We could not run the program without volunteers. That’s how we’re able to provide affordable housing is through volunteer hours,” said Dominguez. “So our volunteers come in and they do everything from erecting walls and putting up dry wall and things like that.

“Right now our house is in lock-up phase, so that’s good, especially with the weather being chilly. We are working indoors.”

Currently, some of the jobs volunteers are doing on the home include painting, laying flooring, putting on trim, hanging doors and other indoor work.

She said there is a dedicated group of between 10 and 12 people that help out on any given day at the home located at 907 Ominica St. E. Mosaic also sends a group of four volunteers each week to help out.

The build days are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch provided by Habitat for Humanity. She said volunteers could come out even if they are only able to commit to half a day such as from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We’ll never turn volunteers away because they can’t commit to the whole day,” said Dominguez. “I think that’s probably one of the misconceptions: if they can’t come for the whole day that we just don’t need their help and that’s not true.”

Volunteers aren’t required to have any experience. She said 90 per cent of the volunteers have no experience when starting to work on a project and then walk away with some experience at the end of a project.

“It’s a great way to come out and learn a new skill,” she said. “We have a site supervisor on hand who is always helping and guiding.”

She added Habitat for Humanity tries to get homes done before Christmas, but “as with most projects, things fall behind.”

If the organization has the maximum number of volunteers each day, the house will be finished by the end of February.

“We did take off time for the Christmas holidays,” said Dominguez. “We’re hoping with people gearing back to send their kids to school and kind of getting out of holiday mode and getting back into work mode that they would be willing on days off to come out.”

To volunteer, call Dominguez at 306-591-6148, email habitatmoosejaw@yahoo.ca or go online at habitatmoosejaw.ca.

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Organizations: Habitat for Humanity

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