Donate

Congratulations to Anne Kornfeld who was selected as the winner of our first-ever Pens & Hammers volunteer essay contest! We’d like to thank everyone who participated and submitted their essay about volunteering with Habitat. Please read Anne’s essay below that outlines her experience building at Jubilee Commons.


By Anne Kornfeld

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences I’ve ever been a part of. This is because of the people and the tasks involved at the job sites.

I had no idea what to expect when I came to the Jubilee site. When I began to work, I was completely taken aback by how professional, easygoing, and committed to the tasks everyone was. The day wasn’t the most beautiful, it was cold. So, it seemed many of us were reluctant to jump in and get started at first. Once our responsibilities were explained, we were divided up into different teams and the work flowed smoothly.

We began laughing, sharing stories about how we got involved with Habitat and what we want to do once the day ended. Most of us had plans to come back in the weeks to come and to see the completed housing site unveiled with new homeowners.

Later in the afternoon, once lunch ended, a couple of team members suited up in harnesses and began applying dry wall and wood work to the outside of the upper story front windows. This was great experience because it enabled a newly minted construction grrl! the opportunity to work on scaffolding, use hammers and nail guns as well as get used to the surroundings of a residential construction site.

Spending a day at Habitat couldn’t be more fun. Each day is different because the work keeps getting more and more involved. What happens one day extends into the next. It’s fabulous to be able to see the changes develop in a short time. I wish everyone could have the chance to work at Habitat for Humanity build site or at least go to the ReStore under the Morrison Bridge. It’s amazing what one learns and finds out by being a part of Habitat for Humanity.

No regrets! Thanks Habitat!

Keep Reading

  • Winter Progress at Habitat

    Winter Progress at Habitat

    Despite the harsh winter conditions—including snowstorms and power outages — that struck the Portland region, Habitat homes continue to progress towards completion.
  • How to Clean Your Exhaust Fan

    How to Clean Your Exhaust Fan

    Maintaining a healthy home is essential to our wellbeing. Follow these easy steps to keep your exhaust fan free of debris and improve the quality of air...
  • Beyond the House: Our Economic Impact Analysis

    Beyond the House: Our Economic Impact Analysis

    Habitat for Humanity makes a tremendous impact in the lives of our homeowners and our community. Learn how our local investments create a ripple effect across the Portland...