Category Archives: Volunteers

Visit with Habitat at the Beach Museum October 14th

 
The Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University will be featuring two exhibits based on sustainability, Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations, and Thrift Style, in which both of these exhibits focus on the reuse of common materials.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Beach Museum of Art will be hosting an Open House event on a Sustainability and Recycled Art Workshop as part of KSU Family Day.  The event will be from 11:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, October 14.
We are inviting guests from the community to represent their environmental discipline and would like to invite you to join us as a special guest in our outreach by representing your program either in person or by submitting brochures to be handed out.  If your program has an interest in participating, you can contact Kathrine Schlageck at klwalk@ksu.edu or Kathy Wilson atkathywilson45@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7718.
Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity will have a booth at this event, please stop by and say “hello”!

On National Day of Service, Jonathan and Drew Scott urge support of Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative

ATLANTA (Sept. 11, 2017) – Jonathan and Drew Scott are urging support of Habitat for Humanity’s response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in a new public service announcement out today. Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, the global housing nonprofit is assisting families in Texas and has begun assessing damages in Florida and the Caribbean.

Jonathan and Drew Scott hurricane PSA
Jonathan and Drew Scott urge support of Habitat Hammers Back in this video PSA

“We’ve seen how recent hurricanes have devastated whole communities — flooding and destroying homes,” the brothers said. “Join Habitat for Humanity as we repair and rebuild. You can help someone desperately in need of a place to call home. We will rebuild, but only with your help.”

The Scott brothers are urging people to donate to the recovery at www.habitat.org/hurricanes.

On this National Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity is working alongside homeowners in Texas as part of its response to Hurricane Harvey. As Irma’s storm clouds clear, local Habitat offices are beginning to assess damage in Florida and the Caribbean.

In addition to long-term housing repair and construction, Habitat’s response includes organizing volunteers and resources to help with the cleanup of homes damaged by wind and flood waters. Construction plans will be determined after evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

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Getting Your Family Willing and Ready to Volunteer This Summer

Guest Blog by Paul Denikin
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Paul Denikin is the author of the blog site Dad Knows DIY. Paul’s Do It Yourself journey started with the birth of Maggie, his second child, who has special needs.

Taking your family to a movie or out to dinner is one way to spend time together. However, if you’re looking for an activity that allows your family to connect and offers a rewarding experience, consider volunteering together. Whether you clean up a highway or visit a nursing home, volunteering as a family is a great summer activity.

Choosing What to Do

Volunteering as a family teaches younger children and teens about the importance of giving back to their community. Through volunteering, your children create positive, meaningful relationships in their neighborhood. The volunteering opportunity doesn’t have to involve just you and your kids. Invite grandparents, cousins, and aunts to join in. Some opportunities could even involve your pet.

Sit down with your family to pitch ideas on where everyone would like to help out. Discuss causes or events that interest them or mean something to everyone involved. “The more the family is amped up about a cause, the more rewarding the experience will be,” suggests Create the Good. If you need help brainstorming, their site is full of inspiration, project guides, and existing opportunities.

Figure out how much time everyone can put into the project. Trying to coordinate the schedules of an entire family can be difficult, but many projects or organizations have evening or weekend opportunities. Once you agree on a cause and the amount of time you’re able to dedicate, find what fits the bill.

Where to Look for Opportunities    

Your community is likely to have ample volunteer opportunities. Contact nursing homes, hospitals, animal shelters, or homeless shelters directly to inquire about volunteer opportunities. You can also contact organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, or the YMCA to find out about opportunities in your local area.

Utilize sites that are designed to help you find volunteer work . Many volunteer search sites provide a filter when searching that shows projects appropriate for the whole family. For example, VolunteerMatch.org has a “Kids” and a “55+” filter. Other sites focus specifically on volunteering as a group, such as such as Doing Good Together.

Getting Younger Children Involved

Some opportunities will have an age restriction. If you come across this, contact the organization to find out if there is another way younger ones can help. For example, a homeless shelter may require volunteers to be over the age of 12 to serve food at their location. However, they may allow your family to make food in bulk at home to drop off. If this is the case, younger children can help prepare and drop off the food.

Children can get involved in their community and learn the value of volunteering at any age through donating their gently used clothes, toys, and books. When sorting their items, discuss what it means to donate their items and how another child’s life can be improved. You can even help them organize their own book, toy, or school supply drive.

Getting Teens Involved

Some teens may be excited to sign up for volunteer work without much convincing. Others may need a little inspiration. The most obvious motivating tool is to remind your teen that colleges look for volunteer work on applications. Likewise, when students graduate and lack work experience, volunteer work can be a great boost for a resume.

When you speak with them about volunteering, help them to understand the real impact of what they’re doing. “Try to explain to them the weight of what they’re about to do and how they can make a difference in the world,” recommends VolunteerMatch.org. For example, if you’re spending time at an animal shelter, tell your teen that for some animals, that may be the only human touch they receive all day or even all week.

Allow your teens the chance to choose how they volunteer their time. No one likes being forced to do something, so having a choice of when and where they volunteer makes it more enjoyable. Lead by example. You certainly cannot ask your teen to volunteer if you’re not sharing your time as well.

Life gets hectic, and sometimes spending time with each other as a family gets put on the back burner. Volunteering together is a great way to make time for each other. You’ll also improve the lives of other families while you help your children develop life skills and become well-rounded individuals.

Tree Planting Ceremony for Habitat Home #27

This beautiful tree was donated by the Kansas Forestry Service, Great Plains Society of Am

erican Foresters and selected by the Wilhoite family.

Please join us Saturday, June 3rd at 2pm at 1026 Yuma as we plant this tree and come just one step closer to the completion of Habitat Home #27!