by Sandi Austin

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.” – Albert Schweitzer

   Nothing feels better than knowing you had a hand in making another’s world a better place. The upcoming Habitat for Humanity Build Day is that chance for you to make a difference.

   Habitat for Humanity is in the process of wrapping up its Poplar Grove development with the final three townhomes, one of which is the Apostle Build home.

   The Apostle home is supported by a group of area churches, with both the financing and the physical construction. That’s where the Heart of Longmont UMC family can step in and help with the April 6 build day.

   “We’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity for nine years,” said Jan Timmons, who is leading the volunteer project. “We need to continue supporting them.”

   Although construction experience is a plus, it’s certainly not required of the volunteers. The only requirement is that volunteers must be at least 16 years old. As you work alongside other volunteers, onsite construction supervisors will be there to provide the necessary tools, offer instructions and answer any questions.

   You won’t need to bring supplies, unless you have your own tools that you feel comfortable with. In that case, it is suggested that you put your name on them in case they are misplaced.

   You are encouraged to bring gloves and safety glasses, if you have them, as well as your own water bottles and perhaps some snacks. Lunch will be provided. Appropriate attire is suggested, of course. Close-toed shoes are a must at a construction site, as well as clothing you won’t mind getting down and dirty in.

   Depending on the stage of construction, volunteers will be doing framing, siding, insulation, drywall installation, painting and finishing work, or landscaping.

   According to Rebecca Shannon, Outreach and Volunteer Manager for Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, they hope to finish the Poplar Grove construction in June or July. The next local project is the building of two handicapped accessible cottages on Marshall Place, with the next Apostle Build home to be in Dacono.

   If giving hope to a family in need and working with other volunteers appeal to you, we’d love to have you onboard! There is a sign-up sheet at the Hospitality Desk for up to 10 people. You can also sign up for the April 6 Build Day at and use the reservation code: ABHOL. After you register, whether it be online or at the Hospitality Desk, you will receive an email containing full details.

   Habitat for Humanity thanks all volunteers – past, present and future – for helping local families achieve their dream of homeownership.

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