Habitat with Avera

Posted Aug 24, 2015

Habitat with Avera

Blisters. And blood. And mud. Oh my!  These were some comments I heard when I asked our wonderful volunteers from Avera what they thought of their experience after this Habitat build. The crew from Avera claimed to be amateurs, but

they were so eager and worked like pros!

In recent days, Sioux Falls received over 3 inches of rain, so the house lot we worked on was extremely muddy.  Our task for the night was to hammer particle board to the gable, then staple the house wrap and nail Styrofoam board on top of that.  This involved many tools rarely used before by some of us, and so our construction education began!  The volunteers jumped right in as we used Skilsaws, chalk strings, construction knives, ladders, scaffolding (yes, scaffolding!), hammers and nails, and staple guns.  All that with an extra pound or 2 of mud on our shoes!

The Saturday build was much drier and sunnier but this time the wind was blowing gusts of dirt backed by speeds upwards of 25 mph! We had to be careful that the blue Styrofoam board wouldn't break right in half! This morning we were also joined by not just one, but two of the homeowners! To meet and work alongside these ladies on their houses one of the more rewarding builds that i have participated in for Habitat. All in all, it was another successful Habitat build, a fantastic week of heights and humor and home building. If you are interested in volunteering for Habitat with Voyage email mollyb@voyagefcu.org for more information.

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