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As the snow flew on a Wednesday at the end of January, Twin Cities Habitat staff and AmeriCorps members came together for our annual All Staff Build Day. Habitat staff often help out here and there on various Habitat projects and events throughout the year, but we take one day a year to join forces as an entire organization. And, like most Habitat volunteers, we had some fun and made some memories in the process.

By Bethany Clarke, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Member

Surprisingly, the vans didn’t smell on our twenty hour return drive from Austin, Texas. This was a great relief. You could interpret it as a sign that we’d all taken care to do our laundry or, alternatively, that we had packed our smelliest work clothes at the bottom of our bags.

February 8-12, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s AmeriCorps and Lutheran Volunteer Corps members served with the Austin Habitat affiliate. The trip was an opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities of another Habitat and to spend quality time building houses. The trip occurs annually for the members of these service programs. This year (20) members were accompanied by the National Service Programs Manager, Heather Erickson and Site Supervisor, Rhonda Thorson.

The annual Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity All Staff Build is a day dedicated to bringing our employees, AmeriCorps and Lutheran Volunteer Corps Members  together, and reminding each of us of the importance of our organization's mission. This year's event took place on February 17, at the multi-unit project site in Hugo. These townhome properties, originally donated by the Schwieter family, will eventually be the homes of 33  Habitat partner families.

Did you catch Women Build on WCCO-TV? Check it out. That's some of the volunteers from Mortenson gathered around WCCO Reporter Edward Moody III (we had a great time together at 5am!). The media attention is well deserved. This is the 22nd home that Women Build has built through Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Work on the 23rd will start in South St. Paul this fall.

One of the steps to becoming a Habitat homeowner is to complete sweat equity hours. For those who don’t know, we require our future homebuyers and their families to volunteer 300-500 hours of their time building their own home or volunteering at other sites around the Twin Cities. Through this work, they directly have a hand in building their home and their future.

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