Wednesday’s work day focused on the restoration of a historic home in Longmont. I worked side by side with Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps volunteers and was most impressed by the enthusiasm of the young AmeriCorps candidates. After driving through the heavy snow from Loveland, they arrived smiling and ready to work. As the outside temps read 5 degrees, we were all grateful to work inside.
All Hands Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to renovate this 100 year old home that will serve as a home for AmeriCorps Volunteers who will continue the local rebuilding efforts. This house, currently owned by the church next door, was not damaged by the floods, but it will serve an important role in providing a place to stay for these key volunteer laborers.
I’d worked side by side with Janette, a regular Habitat volunteer who has traveled the country with her husband to work on these projects. She was wonderful with the young AmeriCorps folks – very patient and encouraging. After Janette asked me to help with scrubbing the wood floors to prep them for staining, she grabbed a bucket and kneeled down right next to me.
Since most volunteers are not seasoned contractors, they often hire local tradesmen to do the technical work, including plumbing, electrical, and tiling work. The electricians are on site today to run new wiring and install fixtures.
A local architect generously volunteered his time to draw up the plans (elevations, floor layout , electrical placement, and plumbing locations) for this renovation. This is another good example of architects giving back to their communitie by helping with the rebuilding efforts.
Thursday’s temperatures are breaking Colorado’s record lows. Unfortunately, this weather is limiting the work that can be accomplished today, but we are hopeful that tomorrows forecasted high of 35 degrees will allow us to make better head way on the rebuilding efforts.
Thank you for your interest in All Hands Volunteers Project Colorado. Stay tuned for more updates from the field. Stay warm!