The importance of volunteering goes beyond giving back to your community. It is about enhancing and sharing your skills, building relationships, and changing the lives of not only our Habitat families but yours as well. When volunteering for Habitat Berks, you help low-income families by giving them the gift of a stable place to live. You make a difference not only in their lives but for generations to come. No one knows this better than David Mostow and Ray Himes, two of Habitat for Humanity’s most dedicated volunteers.
David Mostow, who currently works in the wood shop, recalls working with his daughter and her fiance on Tulpehocken Street, said “I was pleased to see them get a lot out of their efforts. This showed me the value in turning young people on to the personal satisfaction of giving back.” David knows firsthand that volunteering can be very rewarding. The self-confidence and sense of accomplishment that comes from volunteering can have a lasting impact on your life.
Ray Himes, who works on the construction crew and recently won the Volunteer of the Year Award, speaks fondly of the crew’s accomplishments over the years. “I’m most struck, every time we’ve completed a new Habitat home. What was once a detriment to the neighborhood, the construction volunteers have transformed into an attractive home that meets all of today’s construction standards.” Ray has been part of the construction crew for several years. He has assisted in demolition, construction of new homes, total renovations, and several other projects that reaped great benefits.
While Habitat is always looking for ways to reward and thank our volunteers nothing compares the the invisible gift of giving back. Volunteers with Habitat have helped provide many families their forever home, we’ve seen a great impact on our community and the volunteers will carry the pride in those accomplishments forever.
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