When approached with a chance to help out a family in need and the community of Indianapolis for Habitat for Humanity, we jumped at the chance! The day started off with a threat of rain and a very muddy job site in front of us. I was a little skeptical what we would be able to get accomplished under these circumstances. I can say without a doubt that we not only accomplished a lot but we accomplished far more than I anticipated.
With a team a willing and capable individuals, it was amazing how quickly things began to take shape. The majority of our group had previous experience in the construction field which gave us the chance to help others who had not. We were able to focus on separate areas and apply our expertise which allowed the some of the less experienced folks to work on things they felt comfortable with. Before I knew it, we were eating lunch and had made some serious progress. We had fully installed a new gable on the roof, felted a little less than a third of the house, knocked out a large portion of the gutter board installation, finished installing the Tyvek and put in a new window.
By the end of the day, the house was dry and looked noticeably different than when we had arrived that morning. It was nice to know that we were helping a family out by stepping outside of the day to day which we all tend to get lost in. We were all tired at the end of the day however, that only added to the since of accomplishment that we all felt as the day came to a close.
Thanks to John Galligan for putting together a team of friends and clients who were very determined to knock out as much as possible in a day! With a little guidance for from our Habitat for Humanity job site leader, the day turned out to be nothing short of a success.
I encourage everyone to step outside their box for a good cause. Look up your local Habitat for Humanity contact and volunteer! They are always looking for folks of all skill levels to help out with builds. It was work and we were all very tired however, that was completely overshadowed by the sense of accomplishment we all walked away with at the end of the day. Pay the opportunities that you have been granted forward, you’ll be glad you did!