On an unusually hot September morning, a group of our Volunteering Leaders labored with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County to build a house for a single mother with three children in the historic Northwood section of West Palm Beach.
The backbreaking work facing the LPBC Habitat Build Team -- Rick Sartory (2014), Chris Barry (2015), Laureen Hunter (2001), and Cathy Noel -- on September 12 was exhausting – involving toiling in the broiling sun on top of a scorching hot roof.
But it was well worth the effort, as Laureen explains here:
As a commercial real estate broker, I had recently worked with the executives of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County as their representative to locate and negotiate terms for their new 32,000 SF Habitat ReStore, education center and warehouse location, which just opened on Lake Worth Road at Military Trail.
After experiencing the dedication and commitment of the Habitat leadership team, I wanted to experience first-hand the true purpose of the Habitat for Humanity program—helping to build a home for a deserving family in our community.
Little did I know that our team would be up on the roof in 95+ degree heat laying shingles! Actually, Rick and Chris did the difficult work on the roof while Cathy and I handled the duties on the ground. The rest of the team for the day, which included Habitat staff members, other dedicated volunteers, and the mother and daughter of the family whose home we were building, all worked together smoothly and made good progress.
It was great to be a small part of the Leadership Palm Beach County community outreach program. I look forward to similar hands-on volunteer activities in the future….hopefully during the cooler months of the year!