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Last year, over 300 Winter Warriors volunteered with Twin Cities Habitat between December and February. And now it’s time for you to join the charge!

“We sometimes see a small drop in volunteers during winter months,” say Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Shannon Twiss. That’s why the volunteer team created a Winter Warrior campaign in 2017.

So what is a Winter Warrior you ask?

It’s anyone that volunteers three times in between December 1 and February 28. From volunteering at the Habitat office, the ReStore, or even a construction site. You can also easily become a Winter Warrior by gathering five friends or family members for a one-time volunteer day.

Guest Blog by Tom Prittinen
Twin Cities Habitat Summer AmeriCorps Member

 

Hey folks!  As a guest writer for this blog, let me introduce myself: 

My name is Tom Prittinen, and I had the opportunity to be one half of the AmeriCorps presence on the Maple Grove build site this summer.  I am a political science major at Saint John’s University, and plan to graduate in the spring. 

“Always do the right thing,” instructs the big block letters on the back of a t-shirt. It’s early May on a construction site in North Minneapolis and dozens of workers are moving about in matching green shirts with those same five words which happen to be the Ryan Companies motto. They’re the primary sponsor of this home and the kelly-clad workers scattered across the site are Ryan team members. Throughout the course of the year more than 300 Ryan employees (from field staff to the finance team and everyone in between) helped build this two-story, four-bedroom home.

House Month Volunteers are individuals who choose to give a month of their time on a single project. They go through a training class, and get to see the progress of a home for an entire month! How exciting is that?

Not only is it interesting to see how much can be done on a home within that time-frame, but a House Month Volunteer also gets to meet several groups of volunteers that come to help and grow a rapport with the site supervisor and/or AmeriCorps member.

 

Dave and Hannah have both finished their hard work on site, and Bashir is working right now - so we wanted to share a little bit about each of them and what they had to say about their service as a thank you for all their hard work.

Carroll sporting his well-earned volunteer shirt

*photo by Sara Kettering

Most remember 1994 for things like Nelson Mandela, Kurt Cobain, or The Lion King - but to us 1994 means the beginning of our relationship with office volunteer Carroll Rock.

“Carroll is a wonderful man. Not only has he been volunteering his time with us for years, but he also makes the office a brighter place. He is always quick to make us laugh and his humor is contagious. Carroll is the best” says Bryn Ford-Jacoby, Resource Development Associate at Twin Cities Habitat.

You may think of Twin Cities Habitat as a home builder, but that’s just part of the story. Safe and affordable housing isn’t just a one solution problem. Habitat’s Age in Place program is piloting chore services that strive to keep aging, low-income homeowners in their home and communities as long as possible by providing assistance for household chores that require a helping hand. As homeowners get a little older, a little bit of help goes a long way. We recently visited with Teri, who lives in Mounds View, to learn more about what kind of assistance she needed and discovered a small army of hard-working volunteers from United Properties.

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