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How to Bring a Community Together In These Tough Times

In a world where it can seem like all we do is go to work then come home again, it is incredibly vital that we time in our local communities properly.

Community ties are some of the most special that we have, and they can help you get in touch with people from all walks of life. Here are some of the best ways that you can work to get more in touch with your local community.

Use Social Media

A significant criticism the human race faces nowadays is that everyone is spending more time online than they are interacting with real people. If you feel like no-one gets out and speaks to each other as we once did, have a look online for some opportunities you could grab. You can’t expect people to move backward and go back to some of the methods that might have worked in the past. Innovation is going to be critical here, and part of this is going to be looking at how we can use modern tools like social media to bring the community together correctly.

The best way to do this is to create social media groups or pages for the local area. For example, a Facebook group that focuses on a specific neighborhood allows those who live there to chat about certain issues they might face even if they rarely see each other in person. It is a simple yet effective way to promote communication.

Groups could also be used to have a little fun or to highlight the beauty of the local area. For example, you could start an Instagram page where people share the photos they have taken of some of the sights around town. It can create an exciting snapshot of your local city and the people who live there, and they can be organized easily through the use of hashtags.

Create a Hub

One reason why it might feel like there is no community in your local area is that there is no hub for people to gather in. Every community needs some hubs where people can gather together for a purpose. While town halls serve this need to some extent, they more often associated with admin and bureaucracy nowadays than as a place where the community can get together to spend time. As a result, it might feel like the community is without a place where it can come together as one.

Several things can be done to fix this. Firstly, a community might decide to repurpose an existing building and create events and other fixtures to make it into a new hub. For example, a library is a perfect location for this. It frequently has a lot of people coming and going, and might already have a space large enough to host events. Other potential community meeting spots could include the hall of a religious building or the local high school. Wherever there is a large space where people can come together, there is the opportunity to create a hub.

The other option you have is to create one from scratch. This might be the best option to take if there is nowhere in the local community that might currently suit the needs of the populace. There are plenty of options to select here, but it is often a good idea to think in terms of outdoor space. For example, you could create a community garden. It would be a bright and safe space for people to come and spend time and that a team of volunteers can maintain. You could even create a play park and a barbeque area. Whatever you think is going to work best with the people of your community is going to be essential.

Engage with Local Events

Think nothing ever happens in your area? You could not be more wrong! No matter whether you live in a tiny city in the middle of the countryside or you are in a vibrant and bustling metropolis, there is always going to be something going on nearby that you can get involved with, even during these challenging times. It is incredibly important that anyone wishing to promote the perfect community atmosphere takes the time to engage with these local events to get as much out of them as possible.

Take a look at some of the initiatives happening in your local area now, and see if they are searching for volunteers. You could find some fantastic charity projects that are helping to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in your local area. There might even be the potential for you to start your own little event.

Make sure you adequately promote any events too, so everyone knows that they are happening. You could make posts about it on social media and encourage locals to share, or you could do it the old-fashioned way with posters, flyers, and maybe an announcement on local radio. Get the word out, and you will no doubt find that people are only too willing to get involved.

Bring Your Community Together Now

In this day and age, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. Though technology allows us to speak to friends and family all over the world, there is a chance that we might end up not speaking to many people one-on-one in our daily lives. This is why community support is so important, and why we must be able to still build these close ties even in the modern world.

Take a look at some of the significant community events that are happening in your local area. Then, see if there are opportunities for you to get involved. There is so much good to be done in this world, and it can make all the difference to the lives of the people you live near. Why not take a look at some of the volunteering opportunities we have here at Habitat for Humanity to get started?

7 Easy and Simple Ways to Help the Community

If we have learned anything over the past few months, it’s the importance of connectedness and community. Humans need one another to survive – in both the physical and emotional sense. This fact is especially true for those less fortunate than us; people who lack financial resources, who don’t have a support network of friends and family, who don’t even have somewhere safe and secure to call home. I

t can be depressing to think about and leave you feeling rather hopeless. Fortunately, there are hundreds of different ways we can help others and make the world a better place. We’ll be talking about them in our blog today. And so, keep reading if you’d like to find out some easy and simple ways to help your local community.

1. Stop to Help

It’s surprising how many people will look away when they see someone else in need. Sometimes, we don’t want the hassle. Other times, we feel too awkward to intervene. Or we don’t know how we could help. Whatever the reason, we’ve all done it at least once. However, if you would like to better yourself and those around you, you should try breaking this habit. Your moment of kindness could make a lasting memory for the other person, helping them in more ways than you might realize. If you’re unsure how you could assist somebody in a particular scenario, it’s worth just saying to them – ‘Is there any way I can help?’ By asking for permission, you’re also not giving them unsolicited aid, which can be unwelcome if they want to maintain their autonomy.

2. Donate Unwanted Items

Most people have possessions they don’t need or want anymore – used furniture, ill-fitting clothes, old toys, and discarded books. Rather than allowing these items to collect dust or throwing them away, you could donate them to a charitable organization like ours. Not only is this perfect for decluttering your home, but it means you’re not wasteful, too. If you’re quite an affluent person, then you’re also giving those less fortunate than you something that they might never have been able to afford before.

3. Fund Good Causes

Most people don’t like the idea of donating to charity but will happily spend their money on more frivolous things. A couple of dollars a month won’t break most people’s banks – and while this amount might seem insignificant to you, it will make a massive difference to somebody else’s life. You could spend $4.99 on renting a movie for the night, or you could spend this amount on feeding a starving family. We say this not to guilt-trip anyone. Instead, it’s about putting things into perspective. For example, by consistently donating to our organization, you can help put a roof over somebody’s head.

4. Volunteer for Charity

If you have spare time and want to be more proactive about making a difference to the community, you could try working for a non-profit organization. Though this work is unpaid, it’s rewarding in a different respect. Have a look at volunteer opportunities in your local area and see which would best suit your current skillset. This means you can put your talents to good work and bring about definitive change to the community. For instance, at Dorchester Habit, we would love to have volunteers with experience in construction work to build homes for those in need.

5. Shopping Locally

One of the very best ways to help the community is to shop locally. Most people tend to purchase their groceries from big supermarkets, buy clothes from corporate retailers or eat dinner at chain restaurants. In doing so, they provide income to companies that have more than enough capital already. On the other hand, small local businesses struggle because they aren’t getting enough customers. This issue impacts the local economy, too. However, by deciding to shop with your local stores, you can reverse this trend and give back to the community. So, next time you need some fresh vegetables, try heading to the nearest independently owned farm shop.

6. Keep Things Clean

The environment is equally important as the people within your community. Therefore, we should all try our hardest to ensure that the area is as clean and green as possible. Not only will this make your community look nice but also prevent pollution from occurring. But how exactly does one go about keeping the local area clean? Well, for starters, you could try picking up rubbish wherever you see it. Though it’s clearing up somebody else’s mess is frustrating, the environment is ultimately more important. If you spot other problems (such as fly-tipping spots, potholes, and overflowing bins), then you might want to report these to the local council. Being aware of using plastics and recycling wherever possible is essential, too. If there are insufficient recycling facilities in your community, you could also campaign for the local authority to install them.

7. Getting to Know the Neighbors

Sometimes, you don’t need to help on a large scale to make a big difference. Simply being a good person and assisting your neighbors is more than enough. For example, if your neighbors are elderly, they would probably really appreciate having someone grab their weekly food shop for them or maintain their garden. Meanwhile, neighbors with young children or animals might need someone to look after them from time to time. It’s worth the effort of getting to know your neighbors to help tackle rates of loneliness, too. Loneliness is one of the biggest problems humans struggle with, and you can help them overcome it. It can be debilitating emotionally and physically – making people more likely to develop disease or die early. By simply extending your friendship or lending a hand, you can really help your neighbors with many things.

These are some of these most straightforward and simplest ways to help your local community. Follow our advice to make a real impact on the world and the people around you. If you want to find out more about how you can help the Dorchester community, get in touch with us today.

How To Reduce Your Household Waste And Benefit Your Local Community

Waste is a serious issue in today’s society. Our mentality and the accessibility of new products have made it easy for us to buy more than we need and then throw them away without further consideration.

Across America, households dump more than 250 million tons of material, of which much is recyclable. Some of it is even new and unused.

These items could make a significant difference in the lives of those who don’t have a lot of money or resources. They need your support now more than ever before, so you should consider helping by donating your unneeded items.

At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we know better than most how devastating having very little can be. We also want to reduce waste and help the planet rejuvenate for the next generation.

To help homeowners throughout the Summerville, South Carolina area to reduce their waste and give back to the community, we’ve put together this practical guide. 

Shop Sensibly 

You should try to shop sensibly to reduce your chances of waste. Whenever you consider buying a new product, think about whether you need it or not.

You should also consider if you will use the product or if you are likely to keep it in storage and then throw it away later. If you’re not sure if you’ll use the product, then consider borrowing one from a friend who has one or buying the product from a store that allows for returns if you don’t like or new your new item.

When you’re trying to shop sensibly, you should consider avoiding browsing the internet for new items. Instead, you should make a list and set a budget before going to any store or starting online shopping.

By reducing the number of items that you throw away, you’ll save yourself money and reduce your impact on the environment. 

Repair Your Existing Items

When your furniture and clothes get old and worn out, it’s tempting to throw them away and replace them with new items.

However, it would be best if you considered repairing more of your possessions to save yourself money and reduce the number of items you throw away every year.

If the item is something you use regularly, and you’re not sure how to repair it correctly, then consider taking it to a professional. Often, fixing the item will cost less than it would replace it, so you’ll still save money.

By repairing your items instead of replacing them, you’ll save waste and help local companies fix items such as clothes or upholstery. 

You will also value your items more and come to respect them and treat them with more respect. This approach might sound extreme, but it is a great way to save money and the planet at the same time. 

Offer The Things You Don’t Need To Others

If you clear out your home and decide that you don’t need some of your possessions, consider offering them to others.

Friends or family that don’t have much money might benefit from your generosity, so offer your item to people you know before getting rid of it. 

The team at Dorchester Habitat for Humanity understands how much joy and help you can offer by donating the items that you don’t need to those who face financial hardship. 

If you know someone who is struggling, especially during this challenging economic situation, offer them as much assistance as possible. 

Donate Unwanted Items To Charity 

As well as donating items to your friends and family who are less fortunate, it would help if you also considered offering them to charitable organizations like ours. 

Our ReStore shop stocks a wide range of items, including clothing, furniture, household items, books, DVDs, working technology, and more.

As such, you can donate anything that you might have but don’t need to us. If you’re unsure of what you can donate, reach out to us or check our website for full details.

We also accept quality building materials and tools, some of which we use to build homes for those in need throughout Summerville and throughout the Dorchester county area.

Learn About How Hard It Is For Those Experiencing Financial Hardship

To put yourself off wasting money and buying unnecessary items, consider learning more about the lives of those who need financial support.

By learning about how challenging their lives are, you will learn to appreciate everything you have and become more careful with your money.

Consider attending one of Dorchester Habitat For Humanity’s events, where we discuss our work and the importance of supporting those in need throughout the county. 

At these events, you can have fun, learn about those in need, and contribute towards our vital work. As such, they’re the perfect activity for those who want to give back to the community and improve their own lives.  

Find Other Ways To Give Back To The Community

As well as donating your household items, such as furniture and clothing, to charity, there are other ways to support your community.

At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we offer individuals across the Summerville, South Carolina area the chance to give back and help the less fortunate in many different ways.

If you have the time, please consider volunteering and helping us make homeownership a reality for those who’ve faced struggles in life. 

As well as time and resources, we also need money to continue with our vital work. If you have any money to spare, then we can put it to good use. You can donate or join our Carpenter’s Club and regularly contribute to making a difference to your community. 

For anyone who’s still unsure how they can help us in our vital work, please contact us. We can discuss the options and find the one that will work best for you and our community.

The Meeting that Changed Her Life

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Mari's Girls

Mari and her Mother

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Maricela (“Mari”) Avonce knew it was God’s provision when she heard about the Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program at a low point in her life and when she needed it most. As a newly single mother following a difficult relationship, Mari had just had her second baby girl and was shopping with her mom for a crib in the ReStore when she saw a flyer about owning a Habitat home.

“It was such a difficult time in my life and I really needed the motivation to pull myself up,” Mari shares. “My mom pushed me to do this, she said ‘You have two kids now and you need to do this for them.’”

After a difficult pregnancy, Mari was on short-term disability from her job at Wells Fargo. After her second daughter was born, there was a period when Mari could not even walk. “My mom said even if she needed to push me in a wheelchair I was going to attend the next Habitat homeowner information meeting because it was so important,” Mari remembers.

That’s exactly what happened. Mari and her mom, Pat, used a wheelchair in the ReStore and Mari was wheeled into the Homeownership Program Information Meeting that day to meet Executive Director, Jaye Elliott, and learn about the program that would change not only her life, but the lives of her two young daughters.

“That meeting was an eye-opener for me,” Mari says. “I was at the point where I’m 32 and have nothing to show for it. I was currently living paycheck to paycheck and decided if this is going to be a change, it’s going to be a lifetime change.”

Since qualifying for the Homeownership Program, Mari has followed all the Program’s steps in preparation for taking on her first mortgage. She is now debt free, has a higher credit score, and is financially stable. Mari credits her motivation to Jaye Elliott and her financial coach, Tamara Rivers:

“I was so inspired by Jaye and Ms. Rivers,” Mari says. “Owning a home is the biggest goal I’ve ever had in my life. It’s been amazing to be a part. They’ve given me much needed pep talks when the road seemed long and I couldn’t see the progress I was making.”

Mari’s time spent volunteering on the construction site has also been a learning curve. She loves crafting and refurbishing furniture, but nothing she has done before compares to building a home. Mari’s mom is also a single mother and homeowner, so it was a big part of Mari’s life growing up.  “Now I actually know how to use a hammer and drill the right way,” she laughs. “I’ve never built anything like this before. I’m learning from my mom how important home maintenance is.”

As a financial educator for Wells Fargo, Mari travels to businesses and schools training people to save money, budget, and manage their credit. She has worked in banking for 13 years, but had never experienced the hard work that she coaches others on until now. “It’s a lot more real now that I’m going through the process of owning my own home,” she reflects. “If you’re not really doing it, the lessons and coaching are not effective.”

Mari tells future homeowners considering the Homeownership Program to have faith in themselves, stay motivated, and be patient. “I’ve been in this program since my baby was born 16 months ago,” she reflects. “Things don’t happen overnight but fall into place when they need to. God’s going to give you the strength and courage to keep going.”

Originally from Miami, Mari moved here eight years ago with her first husband when he was contracted to remodel housing at the air force base. She fell in love with the southern hospitality and culture and has lived in Summerville ever since. “I love that Summerville almost feels rural,” she smiles. “I’m so excited that Habitat homes are being built in Knightsville because it feels like the slower country life I want for me and my girls.”

Why You Should Consider Supporting Dorchester Habitat for Humanity In 2020

Volunteering and donating your money to charity is a great way to give back to your local community and improve your life. Using your time to support others can also benefit your mental wellbeing, but it can be hard to find the right charity to support.

With so many charitable organizations out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with choice. There’s everything from small charities to international groups, animal charities to those that support people, and much more. Charity work also varies, ranging from raising funds to providing first-hand aid to those in need.

While we firmly believe that every charity deserves support, we think that in 2020, Dorchester Habitat for Humanity provides genuinely vital services. We need your help now more than ever before. Here is a small selection of the reasons why you should consider supporting us now and in the future.

Our Work Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

During a global pandemic, in which the population needs to stay at home to prevent the spread of a potentially fatal virus, safe housing is more vital than it ever has been. Those who don’t have a safe home are at the most risk than anyone else of catching the virus, so they need somewhere to stay to keep themselves safe. We are committed to ensuring that individuals and families throughout the Dorchester county area have access to homeownership options so that we can help to reduce the impact of the virus and support our local community.

Demand Is Rising For Affordable Housing

The pandemic has meant that many more people are facing financial hardship, and as such, they might find themselves without access to comfortable housing. Therefore, building quality housing and helping individuals learn about managing their money, no matter how limited their income might be, is essential. We help people from all walks of life to enjoy secure housing and live their best lives. If our nation wants to improve the economy and overcome this challenge, we need to focus on putting housing into the people’s hands, not banks and financial institutions. If you want to find out more about our work and how we support your local community, follow our blog.

We Do More Than Just Build Houses

While Habitat For Humanity is renowned for building homes, we do a lot more. As well as building new homes for those in need, we also host events for members of the local community, teach financial management, and much more. As such, we offer essential services that can help people both now and in the future. Many charities offer short-term support but are unable to help in the long run. We offer advice and support that can last a lifetime and teach skills such as money management and carpentry that recipients can pass down to future generations.

When You Support Us, You Support Your Local Community

Many charities offer their support nationwide, meaning that when you help them to raise funds, that money might not be spent near where you live. However, when you collaborate with us, your hard work will benefit people in your local community. Habitat For Humanity operates worldwide, but our Dorchester chapter serves the Summerville area and other towns and cities in the Dorchester County area. So, if you choose to help us, you’ll make your local community a better place for everyone to live in, including yourself and your loved ones.

Safe Housing Is More Important Than You Might Think

It’s easy to take your home for granted when you’ve never faced the prospect of being without it, but being homeless or living in unsafe housing can cause severe problems for families and community members. Having a safe home is vital for your mental and physical well-being, and it can impact the outcome of your entire life. Without somewhere to call home, people find it hard to get a job, earn the skills they need, and even vote. Being homeless can also cause issues for kids and lead to problems throughout their lives. As such, when you volunteer with us, you’ll help to provide safe housing for members of your local community and ensure that they and their families have a better life in the future.

You Can Learn New Skills When You Volunteer With Us

Volunteering with us doesn’t just benefit your local community; you’ll also be able to improve your own life. You can learn new skills such as carpentry, home building, and construction if you help us build homes. If you volunteer in our ReStore, you can learn people skills, salesmanship, and store management. All of these skills can enrich your life and your CV, meaning that you could land the job of your dreams in the future. When you volunteer for smaller charities, you might not earn as many skills, but with us, you’re always learning. As such, you can improve your life while helping others enjoy a safe home and more financial stability.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Offers A Range Of Ways To Help

Some charities require specific assistance and need skilled volunteers, but we have a wide range of ways that you can help. Volunteering to build houses for us requires no construction skill or experience because we’ll give you all the training you need. We also run a shop, the ReStore, where you can volunteer to sell used items to help fund our valuable work. If you’re not interested in donating your time, we always welcome monetary bequests, which help us pay for our work and ensure that everyone has access to a safe and comfortable home.

Everyone at Dorchester Habitat for Humanity hopes that we’ve convinced you to help us keep providing our vital services in this tough year. If you’d like to dedicate your time and money to make your local community a better place, then contact us today.

Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Mental Wellbeing

During these challenging times, everyone needs to take care of their mental wellbeing just as much as they look after their physical health.

There are many ways to perform self-care, from cleaning your home to something as simple as taking a long bath.

One approach that many people overlook is volunteering. At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we rely on volunteers, and we understand how much they can benefit the community and themselves.

If you want to find out more about how volunteering can make you feel better and benefit your fellow citizens at the same time, then read on, and we’ll explain.

You Meet New People

One of the best things about being a volunteer is that you get to meet lots of new people with exciting stories to tell, and you’ve got the chance to make new friends.

When you volunteer with Dorchester Habitat For Humanity, whether you choose to help build houses or work in our ReStore shop, you’ll meet loads of new people from all walks of life.

We are always busy, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to get to know each other and have fun! Most of our volunteers develop close relationships with everyone that they met during their time helping us and return again and again to help out their new friends.

Meeting new people and socializing is essential for your mental wellbeing. With so many clubs and facilities still closed because of the virus, volunteering could be ideal for making yourself feel better and meeting new people.

Volunteering Is An Easy Way To Learn New Skills

Learning new skills is a fun way to cheer yourself up and make yourself feel useful, but online courses are boring and can make you feel isolated.

Instead, consider volunteering with an organization like ours. When you help us build new homes, you’ll learn many new skills from an experienced home builder.

You’ll work with them to learn new skills, and if you continue to help us, then eventually, you’ll be able to share your knowledge with recruits.

Even if you choose to volunteer in our ReStore, you’ll still learn new skills, like how to price items for sale, use a till, and many more.

Keeping Busy Takes Your Mind Off Your Worries

When you’re worried about the state of the world, it can be easy to forget everything else and dwell on the problems that you can’t fix.

Everyone knows that one of the best ways to take your mind off your worries is to focus on something else and keep yourself busy.

Our charity always has tasks for our volunteers to complete, so when you support us, you will help the community and keep yourself occupied.

Helping Out Doesn’t Always Mean Hard Work

You might think that volunteering means a lot of long hours doing thankless jobs, but that’s far from the truth. When you volunteer with us, you’ll have the opportunity to do all of the above and much more!

If you don’t want to get your hand’s dirty building houses and selling items in our ReStore isn’t for you, then consider attending or helping out at one of our events.

As America slowly reopens and many states lift the Shelter In Place orders, charities like ours need to resume their fundraising activities to ensure that they have the revenue they need to continue supporting the community at a time when it needs help the most.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity hosts many events throughout the year to raise money and bring members of the Summerville community together to support a great cause.

When you attend a fundraising event for us, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people in a social setting and have some fun while also supporting us and helping us to continue building home for disadvantaged citizens throughout the local area.

Supporting The Community Makes A Huge Difference

With so many individuals struggling to make ends meet right now, the Summerville community needs your help now more than ever before.

When you volunteer with charities like ours, you’ll make a huge difference, and you’ll be able to see the impact that your support has on members of your community.

Giving this support and helping out not only helps the community, but it also shows you that you’re able to make a difference.

If you’re feeling helpless and stressed, thanks to the current political and social situation, then volunteering with us could be the perfect way to improve your mental wellbeing.

If you’d like to start supporting a local charity, then make Dorchester Habitat for Humanity your first choice! You can contact us to find out more about the volunteer positions we have available and how you can use your spare time to make the Summerville, SC community a better place for everyone.

Faith, Hope and Love

 

A letter from Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Jaye Jones Elliott:

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Thank You for your partnership with Dorchester Habitat for Humanity and continuing to do the hard work required in these times to show God’s love to all people. You are the face of Dorchester Habitat for Humanity and now, more than ever, our world and neighbors need to see and feel the love that you demonstrate by partnering with Dorchester Habitat for Humanity.

Be assured that faith, hope, and love are guiding Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s Team (that includes YOU) through the COVID-19 crisis. Together we are strong and will continue to build to fulfill our Mission of “Putting God’s Love Into Action by Bringing People Together, Building Homes and Hope.”

The COVID-19 crisis has further exacerbated the need for affordable and decent shelter and the lack of opportunity to gain access to affordable shelter. “Home” is more important than ever, to all of us. “Home” is a basic need.  “Home” is a foundation from which we build upon to improve our lives.

For more than 27 years, Dorchester Habitat for Humanity has partnered with you to demonstrate God’s love to all through the difficult work of building 70 Homes and rehabilitating 3 Habitat Homes. I have no doubt that the manner in which Dorchester Habitat for Humanity works to fulfill its Mission will look vastly different in 27 years. My prayer is that Dorchester Habitat for Humanity will remain true and faithful to fulfilling its Mission by demonstrating God’s love to all.

Thank You for moving forward in partnership with Dorchester Habitat for Humanity by showing God’s love to everyone through the difficult work of addressing the need for, and creating opportunities to access, affordable and decent housing in Dorchester County.

Blessings and Love,

 

 Jaye

 

Giving Back To The Community: How It Can Benefit You As Well As People In Need

Supporting a local charity by donating money or giving some of your time is an integral part of being a good citizen and helping the community you live in and evolve.

At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we understand how crucial providing safe housing is for the Summerville, South Carolina community.

We also know that helping others and giving back to the local community can also help our volunteers and benefactors to enrich their own lives.

If you’re on the fence about donating your time and money to our cause or any other, then read on to find out how it can help you become a better person and learn more about the town you call home.

You Can Learn New Skills

When you volunteer with an organization like Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, you’ll learn new skills to improve your outlook on life.

Our homebuilding projects require experts and amateurs alike, and everyone learns new skills and how to use tools they’ve never seen before.

No matter what level of skill you have, you’ll soon be able to improve and earn transferable skills that you can use in your own home.

If you don’t want to get your hand’s dirty building homes, you could consider volunteering at our ReStore to help sell new and used items.

By volunteering in a charity store like ours, you’ll learn people skills, communication techniques, sales tactics, and much more, all while doing something great for your local community!

You’ll Meet New People

However you choose to help, when you donate your time or money to a local charity like ours, you’ll be able to meet new people and learn about them.

Even if you don’t choose to volunteer and would prefer to donate money, become a member of our Carpenter’s Club, or even sponsor a home, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people.

That’s because we host events to which we invite our supporters, so you have the opportunity to mingle and find out more about us and the work we do to improve your local community.

You’ll also be able to read more about our work and have the opportunity to give back even more by offering your time and effort.

If you don’t want to help physically, your monetary donation could become a great talking point. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll help us help members of your community who need it most, especially during these challenging times.

You Can Get Rid Of Your Unwanted Items

You can also help Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, or any charity of your choosing, to donate the items you no longer want or need to their store.

Our ReStore shop sells a wide range of new and lightly-used products, including homeware, books, furniture, clothing, and much more.

When you donate, you’ll reduce your impact on the environment and help us to earn money that will go towards our valuable work building homes for community members in need.

You Can Build Relationships With Your Team

If you manage a business and want to find a unique way to bond with your staff, volunteering as a group could be the perfect solution.

We offer group builds, so you and your team can build homes for your local community together and find out more about each other.

Building homes for the less fortunate in your local community is an innovative, unique team-building exercise. It’s also a great way to show your staff, customers, and other business stakeholders that your organization is committed to helping the community.

You’ll Learn About Your Local Community

As a member of the Summerville, SC community, or any other of the towns in Dorchester County, you probably think that you know everything there is to know about the area and the people who live there.

However, you might be surprised to find out about the poverty that often hides from those who aren’t directly experiencing it.

In Summerville, SC, for example, there is an astonishing 10.4% poverty rate: that means that one of every 9.6 residents in our town lives in poverty.

That’s not as high as in other areas in the USA and worldwide, but it’s still an appalling figure that we need to reduce.

By helping us to build homes for people who haven’t got anywhere safe to stay, you’ll be able to find out more about your local community and the individuals living in it.

To learn more about how you can support Dorchester Habitat for Humanity for your own benefit as well as the betterment of the Summerville, SC area, please feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to talk to you about how you can help!

Decluttering Your Home? Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s Top Tips

Spring is the time of year when many homeowners engage in the traditional ‘spring clean’ and clear out all of the old junk they own in preparation for the rest of the year ahead.

Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, there has never been a better time than now to start clearing out your home and getting rid of all the old stuff you don’t need.

You’ve probably been couped up in your home for many weeks, so you’ve noticed the things you love and the ones that are just taking up space.

As the Shelter In Place orders come to a gradual end, you can start to get rid of your old items and make your home a haven again.

At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we appreciate that you want to get rid of your unwanted possessions, and we’re here to help you make your house a home. Here’s a selection of top tips to help you get rid of only the items you don’t need and dispose of them in a way that benefits you and your local community.

Take An Organized Approach

The first stage in the process is to organize the work. Work systematically through each room of your home so that you do a thorough job on each one. Create neat piles of items you want to keep, those you want to throw away, and the ones you can donate to a good cause to help those in need.

Enlist Family Members

The quarantine was a tedious experience, so many individuals will be feeling bored and disinterested in doing the things they love most. If any family member is feeling the lockdown blues, get them involved in your decluttering project. Ask them to help you make your home more habitable and create a safe, comfortable space for your entire household. Having a comfortable home is vital to everyone’s wellbeing, including your family’s, so ask them to be a part of making your home a great space for everyone.

Consider Donating To ReStore

When you’re trying to find somewhere to take your used items, consider Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Our store allows you to donate used items, including:

  • Functioning Appliances
  • Gently-used Furniture
  • Home Décor
  • Building Materials
  • Functioning HVAC and AC Units
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Architectural Items
  • And Much More.

As long as the items are high-quality and usable for either our homebuilding work or for sale in the store, we’re usually able to take them.

Some of the items we don’t accept include:

  • Alcohol
  • Moldy Or Dirty Items
  • Smelly Items
  • Live Animals Of Any Sort
  • Pesticides
  • Paint, Partial Cans Of Paint Or Oil-Based Paints
  • Tires
  • Swimming Pools Of Any Kind
  • Toxic Materials
  • Water Beds
  • And More.

If you’re unsure of what you can and can’t bring into our ReStore, please reach out to the team who will be happy to discuss the items we can take and what isn’t of any use to us.

Find A Refuse Center For Unusable Items

Anything that our ReStore, or any other charity outlet, cannot take should be disposed of safely.

Take it to a local refuse center and make sure that you sort it into the correct garbage can so that they can dispose of it correctly.

Electrical items and batteries, for example, require special handling if they are to be disposed of safely, so consult with your refuse center if you are unsure of what to do with your used electrical items.

Double Check That Everyone Is Happy Before You Get Rid Of Anything

When you’re sharing a home with family or roommates, you must make sure that you’re all happy.

That means that when you’re clearing out your home, you need to check that no one wants the items you’re getting rid of before throwing them away.

Just because you don’t use it doesn’t mean it isn’t in use. Communicate with your household before you throw out your clutter to avoid upset later.

Enjoy Your Clean, Tidy Home!

Now that you’ve decluttered your space, you’ll have a lot more space to enjoy. You and your loved ones can make the most of your new space by including new furniture or appliances in it or just using it to spread yourselves out.

If you’re looking for new furniture, consider heading back to the ReStore to find reasonably priced new and used items.

All of our profits go towards helping the least fortunate and give them the chance to own a home, so you’ll be able to give back even while you purchase new pieces for your interiors.

If you want to find out more about Dorchester Habitat for Humanity and the vital work we do throughout the Summerville, South Carolina area, please contact us. Our team is always happy to talk through our services with interested community members and explain how they can get involved.

There’s No Place Like Home

This month we are focusing on the importance of Home. No one could have guessed that 2020 would be spent with this much time at home in the face of a global pandemic. Homes come in all shapes and sizes and we’d like you to get creative with what Home means to you and tell you a little about the homes we build. We have surprises throughout the month including prize giveaways, contests and special messages just for you from our current homeowners. So follow the yellow brick road with us to our first stop: Dream Home Coloring Contest

What would your Dream Home look like? Does it have any unique features or accommodations? How many people live in your dream home and is it in the mountains, an island, or maybe on Mars? Draw and color your Dream Home and submit your picture via email to events@dorchesterhabitat.org for the chance to win a gift card to a local restaurant in Summerville!

Coloring contestants must be 18 or younger. Drawings can be in any form: hand drawn, digital, chalk etc. All submissions must be received by Friday, May 8th. We will share our favorites and the winner of the most creative Dream Home on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drawing and Dreaming!