Habitat for Humanity’s Build-A-Thon needs volunteers

August 25, 2009

By Hunter Deiglmeier

Work for a great cause by volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon from Sept. 19 – Oct. 3.Habitat for Humanity, Seattle/South King County and Habitat for Humanity, East King County, are joining together for the buildathon to help low-income individuals and families. Due to the downfall in the economy and lack of jobs, volunteers are needed to work at construction sites or work in the Habitat for Humanity offices.

There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer, according to Jillian Gross, who works at the Seattle/South King County Habitat for Humanity.

“We still need volunteers,” said Jodi Bridges, who works at the East King County Habitat for Humanity.

“We’ve got room for up to 2,000 volunteers,” Gross said.

There are five areas on the Eastside where people can volunteer. In Issaquah, Build-A-Thon volunteers can work on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, either on the morning or afternoon shift.

“The morning shift starts at 8:45 a.m. and the afternoon shift starts at 12:45 p.m.,” Bridges said. “All volunteers from the morning and afternoon shift are welcome to eat lunch at noon.”

The idea is not about individual affiliates, Gross said, emphasizing that although there are two separate Habitat for Humanity organizations — Seattle/South King County and East King County — the community as a whole is still in need of help.

According to Bridges, there will be 10 families living in the houses built in Issaquah through the buildathon. However, in order to build these homes, volunteers from the Issaquah community are needed.

“We need help from the community to be able to do this,” she said. “It’s the community helping to move in other members of the community.”

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