They say wisdom grows with age. And as Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity enters its 22nd year in operation, we’re really starting to agree. Over the years, we’ve gained a lot of experience, and we’ve learned a lot from touching the lives of many families in our community. So, in honor of our 22nd anniversary, here are 22 of the lessons that we’ve learned.
1. The best way to learn is through experience: Many of our volunteers have never swung a hammer before setting foot on a build site.
2. Habitat for Humanity is a year-round cause: Even though we’re not building homes when it’s cold out, we still have plenty going on behind the scenes.
3. You’ll appreciate something much more if you work for it, rather than have it given to you: Our partner families put sweat equity into their homes.
4. Volunteering is fun: Go ahead…try it!
5. A safe living environment can make a world of difference: We’ve seen many lives turned around simply because they now have a safe place to call home.
6. There is always a way to help out: Can’t participate on a build site? Then volunteer at the ReStore!
7. A mortgage isn’t always a bad thing: Our partner families are more than happy to pay off the interest-free loans on their homes.
8. Volunteering is a great team building activity: Many businesses, organizations and other groups volunteer with Habitat to grow stronger together as a team.
9. We have plenty to be thankful for: No matter how bad things may seem, it’s always important to count your blessings.
10. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure: It’s amazing what some people have been generous enough to donate to the ReStore. If you haven’t been there, you need to check it out.
11. You can make a vacation out of volunteering: There are many opportunities to volunteer with Habitat around the world.
12. It’s best to kill two birds with one stone: The ReStore raises money for Habitat and helps save the environment.
13. There is plenty of need in our community: Even though we’ve helped dozens of families achieve the dream of homeownership, there are still many families in need.
14. Donating to the ReStore is easy: Have something that’s too big to haul yourself? Give us a call, and we’ll pick it up.
15. Nothing beats a farmer’s tan: While other people are at the lake working on their tans, it’s much more enjoyable to get your farmer’s tan on a build site.
16. There are a lot of good people in our community: It’s amazing how many kind-hearted supporters we’ve worked with over the years.
17. Sheetrocking isn’t that bad: We help make this dreaded activity fun!
18. Homeownership means a lot more than owning a home: Being a homeowner gives families a deep sense of pride and security.
19. Donated goods make great art pieces: Many local artists shop at the ReStore to turn regular home improvement items into great art projects.
20. Volunteers are wonderful people: We don’t know what we’d do without them!
21. Fundraising can be fun: People love the fundraisers we throw throughout the year.
22. Great homes can be simple, decent and affordable: We’ve proven our philosophy true many times.