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Volunteer open house hosted by Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 9:08pm

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity will host a series of mini open houses for individuals interested in learning more about volunteering. Those interested can attend the 30-minute open house that best fits your schedule: 2:15-2:45 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5:15-5:45 p.m. Tuesday or 12:15-1:45 p.m. Wednesday at 1110 Wright Street in Brainerd.

ReStore, construction and office staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Volunteer time commitments start with as little as four hours per month. You will meet friendly and caring people, learn new skills, use old ones, have fun and make a contribution to the community.

Volunteer opportunities range from retail sales, merchandising and customer service in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to working on the construction site to helping with events. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Other opportunities requiring moderate to advanced skills include office/phone work, family section and mentoring, data base and Internet work, fundraising and marketing. Longtime volunteer, Dick Jeub, states, “I find volunteering for Habitat for Humanity very rewarding, especially when I see the family receive the keys to the home they have helped build.”

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization whose mission is to make affordable housing a matter of conscience. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor — “sweat equity” — into building their homes and the homes of others. Families then make no-interest mortgage payments which go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. The organization serves Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties.

The ReStore takes donated home improvement items and gives them new life by selling them to the public at discounted rates. Proceeds from the ReStore go to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to aid in the production of affordable housing in Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties. For more information, call Laurie at 828-8517 or visit lakesareahabitat.org