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Have you ever considered volunteering to help build a home through the Habitat for Humanity program?

Response Percent Votes
63% 298
36% 174
Total 472


labmonkey 8 years ago

I might have before I ever donated to them. After donating to them, I never want anything to do with them as they send soliciting junk-mail nonstop until you call them and demand they take you off the list. In the year or so after I donated to them, I bet they spent more that what I donated in sending junk-mail to me. Give your time and money to the Salvation Army instead.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Multidisciplinary you lie like a dog. There is no such thing. When they build these houses, who buys the land the house sits on? Who is the architect? Does someone volunteer to put in the electric lines and such? What about the sink and bathtub and kitchen appliances?

rdave13 8 years ago

Cleo:The lots are purchased by Habitat, all utility infrastructure costs are paid for by Habitat at the same rates everyone else pays and professional services for architecture are at times donated, but most professional services such as electricians and plumbers are acquired at the same rates every else would have to pay. Materials are acquired at the same costs incurred by any other homebuilder. The actual building is performed by volunteers and exisitng "Habitat" families who are required to donate a set number of hours toward construction. Habitat does everything it can to keep costs down, but no one should feel they get a free ride for services.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Multidisciplinary, I am so, so sorry. I was meaning to joke when I wrote you lie like a dog. I didn't really mean it. True I have never worked for Habitat for Humanity, that is why I asked the questions and thanks for the answer I got from someone else. I assure you that I do respect you and the work that you have done for others. So, what do you say? Let's make up and make nice. I'm willing.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Multidisciplinary thank you and Merry Christmas

Sigmund 8 years ago

I tried to donate my time a while back and all I got the run around. Finally after leaving numerous voice mails I was told that unless I worked as a trade person (plumber, carpenter, electrician, roofer, etc.) they couldn't be bothered. I decided then they had plenty of help and never bothered them again.

honestone 8 years ago

I helped with a couple of the homes and the only hammer I remember is the one the family's got for the ceremonial "driving the first nail". It is a good program. No one was turned away because they lacked "trade type" skills in fact sometimes I thought they should have turned a few away but they "wanted to help" and were put to work cleaning up. After the fact bothers me a would be amazed at the number of single parent/income families that within months of moving in...become two income families. I know you can't say that a single mom can't get married while living in this low-cost home but they might monitor the family size when determining payments... A good program all-the-same.

rdave13 8 years ago

Honestone:Good point you raise on changing economic conditions. On the other hand, there have been instances where families have lost their sources of income and struggle hard to maintain their mortgage obligations to Habitat. The "economic" door swings both ways unfortunately. But overall, the families in those homes maintain the properties, fulfill their obligations and provide their children a safe and comfortable home. It is a good program and as all the others, "people" will find a way to game the system.

Godot 8 years ago

I choose to distance myself from anything Jimmy Carter advocates. It is a matter of principle.

Sigmund 8 years ago

honestone (Anonymous) says… "No one was turned away because they lacked “trade type” skills in fact sometimes I thought they should have turned a few away but they “wanted to help” and were put to work cleaning up."Excuse me but you're mistaken. See my post above.

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Godot; get over it. What could you possibly have against a nobel prize winner? He still helps out on the Habitat homefront.

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