Helping incurs debt, while service elicits gratitude. My time spent at Washington County's Habitat for Humanity has left me thankful for the people that I've met and the work I have done. To me, service is about working hard to achieve a certain goal or to further a public deed, but the means to achieving said goal should lead one to connect with those serving alongside me. An example for me was installing a door to connect one side of Habitat's home base to the other. The work was long and I got the job done, but only through asking for help from those around me. I am so very grateful for the memories I've made and the experience I have had here. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to make a difference within the community while also making lifelong friends and meeting quality people.
I volunteered through Appa at Habitat. This experience was exciting, working with my other group members. I was able to help people build bathrooms in their houses. Although the experience is short, there is sure a lot to learn. This experience also connects me with people from other places. Time seems to pass fast because I know that the work we do has value.
Service means the world. It means there is a part of the world in me and I'm obligated to give some of it back. Service is my chance to be in solidarity; it is my time to connect with the community and those who sustain it. This past week has been something special and I've learned so much through service and in turn myself. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. Service means the people and I. We all go through our different struggles, so why not lend a helping hand and grow in return. Thank you so much H4H. I have learned more about why I serve and in conjunction, why I am in the world.
- Justin Sparrow
This is my first Habitat trip, and I've never been more grateful for all the memories I've made over the past few days. Working with Habitat was the highlight because I was able to have conversations with people that were unparalleled. Working with Krystal was an opportunity that I will never forget. I am thankful for the community and for all of the support from the community. Washington County was amazing and will be unforgettable.
I chose to serve for a week in Washington County, Virginia because I care about its people. They are no different from people I know back home, yet they are greatly assisted by our service. I feel that housing is an international human right and that is why I keep coming back to Habitat for Humanity. What they do is something I'll always be behind.
Service to me is driven by the unconditional love of all people. Even the smallest of differences can be made when others are put before oneself. In our journey from Boston to Virginia, we were left inspired by the unforgettable passion and love evident throughout Washington County, beginning with the welcoming spirit of Krystal and the drive of Walt. Although their office is small, the impact of Washington County's Habitat for Humanity is large beyond measure. I am inspired by the selfless love shown by HFH volunteers and staff. The mission of providing for the good of all was clear and I am thankful to have spent the past week witnessing such care, compassion and love.
Boston College '21
I chose to serve with Habitat for Humanity because I feel that I am so blessed as a Boston College student, and using my spring break to serve is the least I could do to give back. Working with Washington County Habitat has been such a rewarding experience. Seeing how much people like Krystal and Walt care about their community was really inspiring, especially observing how much time and energy they are putting into Habitat. Though what we accomplished this week might be small, I learned the importance of taking care of ones community and dedication to helping others.
I have had a lifelong passion and drive to serve others. Habitat has always been an organization that I have wanted to work with, so when the opportunity came for me to spend my spring break volunteering, I couldn't say no. Working on the Glade house the past week has been an impactful experience. I was able to make a lasting impact on Jess's family by helping build her house, but I also received a lasting impact because I learned homeowner skills that I will need in my future. Washington County Habitat for Humanity will always have a special place in my heart because of the incredible workers, once in a lifetime experience, and giving me the ability to help a family in need.
My experience with Habitat for Humanity has been so eye-opening. Doing on the site volunteering has help me understand how much is needed out there. If people would just take the time, even if it was one day a month, to volunteer and help the community, our world would be a different place. Habitat for Humanity was a great experience for learning the basics for constructing a house. That is what is so amazing about this organization. Not only are you giving your time, but you are receiving knowledge that will help you for the rest of your life.