January 30, 2016
On a chilly Saturday morning, the Quarter Fund and friends showed up bleary-eyed to a construction site in Erie to help a family rebuild their house, which was destroyed by the 2013 floods. After donning our hard hats, safety glasses, and work gloves, we received a primer on construction safety and split up into three groups to work on the house’s siding, framing, roof, and weather protection. Our fearless Habitat leaders taught us such valuable life skills as how to use a nail gun, how to climb a ladder properly (which we were surprised to learn is the most dangerous part of construction), and how to climb a scaffold.
During our lunch break, we had the opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and how their programs work. Contrary to popular belief, Habitat does NOT give away houses for free. In fact, one of the future owners of the house we were working on was hammering away right alongside us all day.
Just as the weather forecasts had predicted, the signs of an impending snowstorm became apparent by the afternoon. Clouds were moving in from the mountains to our west and the wind was picking up considerably. It was time to clean up and batten down the hatches, so to speak. At the end of the day, we all stood to admire the progress we had made on the house and walked away from the site feeling like seasoned – albeit sore – construction pros.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, sign up here!