In recent years, the Saskatoon ALSO group has begun spending time even closer to home with organizations that run on volunteers – camps. This year, four of our five days have been spent at camp.
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Also Alabama has been a busy crew. On Tuesday it was already hot and humid as the bus pulled up to the Habitat site. Our day started off with a brief introduction to Habitat with the volunteer coordinator Ariel. She explained to us that they don’t give away homes for free and that the potential homeowners had to pay a down payment of sweat equity before construction would begin on their own future home. Sweat equity means that they have to work off part of their own house payment in volunteer hours. After they work a certain number of hours Habitat would begin work on their home. Then our site supervisor, John, sent a group to paint a house across the street with Marcy and showed the rest of us what we’d be doing with the house. Some got up on the roof to finish it and the rest of us stayed down to finish nailing the plywood to the studs. The second day at Habitat, we went to a new site. We were greeted by an empty concrete slab and bundles of lumber. By the end of the day, we almost had all the walls and framework up! It was exciting to see how much we could accomplish in one day! On our third day, because of rain (… and we mean rain!) we were disappointed that we could not go back to that site and finish what we had begun. Instead we moved to a 3rd site where we did tiling and painting. When the weather cleared up a crew went on to the roof to wrap it in waterproofing rolls of material.
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After a great night of sleep, being woken up by the soothing sound of Jim’s voice (Mikwan…) and a delicious breakfast, made by our very own Linda, we continued the work of packaging soup mix. Given our experience from the day before we felt confident in our jobs. Even though we were tired past work we were able to maintain a quick pace of 2,600 servings a minute.