At Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, we get all sorts of volunteers. But every now and then, people will travel hundreds of miles to the Fargo-Moorhead area to help us build homes in our community. This “voluntourism” is a chance to see new parts of the country while helping families in need.
Our most recent example of voluntourism happened in July, on the day of the wall raising for the Salinas family home. Conifer Health Solutions, in partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives, helped sponsor the events of the day. Approximately 25 people from the organizations volunteered their time. Most of the people came from Catholic Health Initiatives’ Fargo office, but four traveled long distances, including three from Texas and one from Chicago. Conifer Health Solutions donated lunch and specially designed t-shirts for the day, and the volunteers helped with framing on the build site.
Anne Clarke, brand experience manager for Conifer Health Solutions, was one of the three volunteers who traveled from Texas for the day. “Our company always looks for ways to support causes focused on health, hunger and humanity,” she said, “and partnering with Habitat helps us live out our company values.”
Anne and the rest of the team at Conifer Health Solutions and Catholic Health Initiatives had a great time visiting the area and working on one of the build sites. “Habitat is one of our favorite organizations to work with, and we’ve participated in builds across the country,” she said. “We were honored to help out a lovely family on this trip, and we had a great experience!”