Have a minute to spare?

The estimated value of a volunteer is over $20 an hour.  Money aside, studies show that adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.

There are hundreds of ways people of all ages can lend a hand in the Fargo and Moorhead communities. Whether helping at a nursing home, serving at the homeless shelter, or walking abandoned dogs, there’s a way you can help.

Docken volunteers

John Docken and other First International Bank volunteers work on the future home of the Nelson family.

John Docken, a long time volunteer and committee member with Habitat not only spends time volunteering, but also plays an important role as a valued committee member. His involvement over the past 12 years with various Habitat affiliates has been a great asset to the organization.

“I volunteer because of the fellowship on the job sites, John said. “I especially love seeing the joy in faces of the partner families. It’s priceless.”

Docken says he also cherishes the sense of doing something worthwhile. Just as Docken has discovered, there are numerous opportunities to put some muscle into helping Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking to get involved:

1.)  Help with a build. Contrary to what many believe, you don’t have to be a professional carpenter or go through extensive training to help with a build.

2.)  Are you a fair-weather friend looking to help but stay out of the heat? Helping with large mailings and other tasks is another important aspect to keeping the organization successful.

Habitat ReStore Volunteers

Individual volunteers work at the Habitat ReStore in Moorhead.

3.)  ReStore? For shore! Volunteers are needed every day at the store, especially with the store’s extended hours during the summer.

4.)  Become a committee member. While Habitat has several committees, the Family Support Committee, ReStore Committee, and the Volunteer Committee are especially in need of members. Getting involved on one of these teams is a great way to network with local professionals and brush up on leadership skills. Even if you’re a busy beaver, committees typically meet once a month for about an hour with some outside requirements.

5.)  Love cooking? Providing lunch for build sites might be your niche. Habitat is in search of people to prepare lunch to the folk swinging hammers. Meals could be anything from Sloppy Joes to grilling on site. MM-mm Good!

6.)  Help with special events. Volunteers are needed for projects such as hanging posters or mowing lots that are to be built on. Plus, if you want to get a team of friends together, a larger project can be given so you and your friends can volunteer together.

For questions or to learn more about how you or your organization can volunteer with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website or give us a call  at 218-284-5253 ext. 2. Now get out there and volunteer!

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