Bachus & Schanker, LLC Help Build Habitat for Humanity Home
On Thursday September 9, 2010, a group of nine volunteers from Bachus & Schanker, LLC arrived at the Hillside build sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Colorado (HFHC) in Englewood, Colorado.
HFHC is an incredible organization that provides housing to deserving families in need. HFHC was incorporated in November 1992, and since its inception HFHC has raised over $25 million for local affiliates, funded more than 1000 homes, and housed over 5,000 people.
It was a sunny, beautiful day, and we were eager to get our hands dirty. Fortunately for us there was plenty to be done, and after an orientation and safety meeting from the site supervisors, we were given our assignments which included exterior painting, bending facia (a task none of us knew existed prior to attending) and the most glamorous job of all, rock shoveling.
Our instructor, Trevor, was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It was grueling day of hard, manual labor, but by the end of it we all felt rewarded by our efforts. It was truly an honor to be able to participate in the build and contribute to such a worthy cause which impacts our community in an inspiring way.
Testimonials from this year's Habitat build
Habitat For Humanity helps me to realize how good it feels to have the opportunity to give something to someone else. At the beginning of the day it is easy to forget why we are there, but when you achieve so much in just 8 hours its easily remembered. Though the work is not easy, at the end of the day to see such accomplishments is awesome.
Volunteering for any organization is always a rewarding experience, but specifically with Habitat for Humanity, you are truly able to appreciate the hard work and dedication of those in need. The individuals that are receiving the homes are also working with all the volunteers and are able to share the stories of struggle to triumph.
The Bachus & Schanker, LLC experience was fun! I fascia"ed" most of the day, which as our supervisor Trevor told us, was the best job you could have had. It is interesting to see that Habitat for Humanity builds everything from scratch, no pre-made pieces. Our supervisor was from Australia and seemed to really get a lot out of working for this organization.
I am glad that Bachus & Schanker, LLC volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. I recommend it to anyone who has not yet had the chance to experience it.
I thought it was a good day - this is my fourth habitat build, and you never know what you're going to get going into work-wise. Even shoveling rock, while it wasn't the most glamorous of home-building activities, was all part of the cause.
I had a great day at Habitat, it is such an amazing organization. The intrinsic reward gained from a solid, hard day of physical labor is immeasurable. It really puts in perspective how much work goes into the habitat projects as a whole and how everyone's little contributions come together in a big way. I think being able to participate was a treat, tons of fun, and a great way to build teamwork.
I had a blast working on the Habitat site. It was great to get out of the office with the co-workers and be able to work with them in a different atmosphere. I must say I did not enjoy shoveling rocks (very labor camp style of work), but I can now say I am a master at faciaing.
It's a great event and happy that our firm supports this. I thought it was awesome that the people living in the house were actually there and we were able to work with them. Personally my mind body and soul needed a day of hard day work! It's also made me realize how hard my father has worked to give me a great childhood.
It was a great time to get to know my fellow employees outside of the office, and it's always a joy to help others in a time of need. I think the organization has a good structure in that they dont just hand out a house, but allow the family to participant and give them obligations to continue to take pride in there home. It's very honoring to take part in something so special.