Volunteering With Habitat For Humanity: Part 1 (#367)

Why do we feel the need to “pay it forward”?  Do random acts of kindness? Give back to our community? Serve our country? Help those less fortunate?  Give a hand up; not a hand-out?

Is it Gratitude? Appreciation?  Bonding? A need to help others? A way to feel useful to ourselves and others?

When I first went on the road full-time in my motorhome, I had a lot of experience with volunteering: caring for injured raptors at a nature center, leading a 4H group, a three year long wildflower research project for a state park.

Every one of my seven years on the road, I have spent some time volunteering.  State parks in Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, a national wildlife refuge in New Mexico, picking up litter along Route 1 in California.

Each has been rewarding in its own way and my way of giving back something to my country, my way of paying it forward.

Now I have taken on the greatest volunteer challenge (for me) of them all. I signed up with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses for needy people.  The program is called RV Care-A-Vanners.

RV Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program for anyone who travels in a recreational vehicle, wants to build Habitat houses and have fun doing it. The program welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life who want to pick up a hammer and help change lives.

Here are some photos of our progress.

On the first day we nailed all the sheathing onto the framework .

On the 1st and 2nd days we nailed all the sheathing onto the framework 

I have never hammered so many nails in all my life!


In the early morning the crew gathers.  Those are roof trusses on the left.


Each Truss was carried in upside down by a crew of 6

Each truss was carried into the house upside down by a crew of 6. Then flipped upright and nailed into place.  Here’s the crew waiting for me to take this photo!


After a Long Hot Day: Success!

After a Long Hot Day: Success! 


Roof Trusses all in place

Gertting ready to call it a day! Roof trusses all in place.


It’s long, hot, tiring work but the camaraderie and coming together for a common goal is so awesome.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Ever Grateful ~ Annie

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