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Spreading Joy – Beautiful Ways You Can Give Back to the Community

An act of kindness can turn this world into a better place to live.

However small, these actions can make a huge difference in someone’s life and bring contentment to the doer.

If you are someone passionate about helping people in need or giving back to society, getting enrolled with a charity organization like Dorchester Habitat for Humanity can be a great choice. Together, you can drive a change and build a community where happiness is all that thrives.

But besides getting associated with a charity, there are several ways you can carry your philanthropy activities and create a positive impact in the community.

If you are wondering how you can help the needy in your society or bring a smile on someone’s face, this article will help you. We have listed down the ways in which you can help society become a peaceful place for all, have a read –

Organize a Food Drive

As per a report, over 11.3% of the world population has no food to eat, and over 805 million people eat less than 2100 calories a day.

These figures are enough to fathom the gravity of hunger in the world. Although one cannot feed each and every hungry individual, it is quite possible to commit not to let anyone go to bed on an empty stomach in their locality. Organizing a food drive or starting a free food truck can go a long way in ensuring people in need have enough food.

Moreover, you can start on the journey to charity by merely donating food items to food banks that serve homeless people. So, the next time you grocery shop, get extra cans of beans for the homeless in your locality.

Support Working Community

No doubt industrialization has improved our living standard, but this development has come with the cost of local businesses.

Many local businesses are struggling to survive in this competitive world and thus falling under the trap of poverty. As an informed citizen, we can contribute to uplifting such small-scale labor-intensive businesses by purchasing their products. Simply deciding to always shop from the local farmer’s market or handloom shops can bring a drastic change in their life and give a steady source of income.

Donate Blood

In the United States alone, there is a need for blood every two seconds.

Donate Blood

This is one of the simplest ways to help society. Blood from one person can save up to three lives.

However, only 38% of the US population is eligible to donate it.

If you are one of these 38 % of the population, you can become a donor. You can go to a hospital or nearest blood bank to donate your blood. If you are unfit to donate blood yourself, you can conduct a blood donation drive and encourage others to do this life-saving act of humanity.

Volunteer 

Offering your services or skills is a great way to build a community. If you wish to volunteer, it is essential to determine what cause you wish to support.

If you are on fences regarding which volunteering service to choose from, browse the Internet. There are several charities and non-profit organizations that offer volunteering opportunities for interested people.

If you are good at home repair or construction work, you can enroll with Habitat For Humanity Summerville SC that builds affordable housing for low-income families. One can give a helping hand to construct a house as an individual volunteer or get associated with the charity as an organization or community group.

Donate 

Giving things that are no longer essential for you to someone who may need is a great way to help someone and prevent the accumulation of garbage.

You can donate things as small as food items, books, clothes, and shoes, or as big as furniture. During a major catastrophe, the need for essential items is always high. To help people in distress find hope and faith, one can make a monetary donation or donate food and clothing items.

Besides this, there are charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity that accepts donations of home improvement items and home construction materials. The donated items are then sold to raise money for building affordable homes for people in need.

One can either donate their new or gently used household goods or purchase from there ReSort shop. This serves two purposes: one, helps the community; second, reduces fossil fuel consumption.

Volunteer with Animal Shelter

Animals are an integral part of our society. As a conscious citizen, we must be attentive to their needs.

There are various animal shelters and rescue organizations where there is a need for volunteers and helpers. You can join such organizations as a pet caretaker or foster parents. Moreover, being around animals is a great way to find relief from stress and counter depression. 

Support a Senior Citizen Shelter

Nursing homes and senior centers are always in need of people who can drop by to give company to the elderlies admitted to the facility.

By spending as little as 30 minutes a day in such centers, you can help seniors feel connected to the world. Just have a healthy conversation with them or go out for a walk, and see how happy they would feel with your little act of kindness.

Build Homes 

Now you might be wondering that building a house is too much of a task; however, it is not.

Building a home with Dorchester Habitat For Humanity is a great way to put shelter over an underprivileged family and build a community. The best part about Habitat for humanity is that one need not have engineering or construction skills to volunteer. You can contribute to the organization in several ways. You can either choose to volunteer in the construction of a house, donate household items like home appliances, furniture, or offer monetary support. The charitable organization welcomes people who have a passion for serving the community and helping residents who need a home.

If you also want to contribute to the community, you can find plenty of websites and organizations on the Internet that offers volunteering jobs or accepts donations.

However, if you find Habitat of Humanity to be the right pick for your cause, you can get in touch with our team at 843 851-1414 for more details.


‘The Faithful Few’: Group of volunteer retirees build camaraderie while building homes

By Joy Bonala

Every Thursday morning, 85-year-old Ned Shows can be found surrounded by his friends at the site of a Dorchester Habitat for Humanity home. This past week, as he got to work on a house on Lake Drive in Summerville, other volunteers busied themselves with different tasks: two men laid shingles above him, a woman measured siding nearby him and another person installed a door.

Together, they raise the walls.

Shows is part of a special retiree group known as the “Faithful Few.” They earned the name because of their loyal service to Dorchester Habitat. During his time with the dedicated group, Shows has helped to build more than 20 homes.

“I knew nothing about building houses until we started with this,” he said. “I feel good about seeing the houses completed — one after another, after another.”

The work keeps him healthy and active, and he enjoys the fellowship with with other volunteers; but more than anything, Shows said he marvels at the amount of work the team can complete.

“I’m constantly amazed at what a group of volunteers can do with good leadership,” he said.

Shows credited the group’s success to Bob Barnett, the nonprofit’s construction supervisor, who revealed just how “faithful” the few have been — many of the members volunteering for decades. Most retirees, they find the work relaxing but fun.

“What keeps them coming back is the camaraderie,” Barnett said. “And they meet a lot of friends on the job too.”

Moriah Hollander, marketing and development director for Dorchester Habitat, agreed.

“At the core of it, it’s just a big group of friends,” she said.

Volunteer Kathy DeWaell was modest when she described her contributions to the team. A volunteer for eight years, DeWaell admitted she has learned about building, but more importantly she said she’s learned “character stuff” from her fellow volunteers.

Charles Peacock is likely the most senior volunteer with the group. At 86, the retired pharmacist can be heard cracking jokes while he works. The group said his positive attitude and light, happy mood is contagious, permeating the job site.

“He’s just the most humble guy,” Hollander said. “He just shows up, builds and then quietly leaves. He has the biggest servant heart.”

Hollander said Peacock is known for his willingness to coach new members of the Faithful Few.

“He would drop anything to help you,” she said.

Dorchester Habitat is fortunate to have the Faithful Few, according to Hollander, unaware of any other similar type group that works with a Habitat affiliate. Of the approximately 2,000 hours it takes to construct each Habitat home, she estimated that the group’s completed at least half of those hours.

“They are basically our biggest volunteer asset for Dorchester Habitat,” Hollander said.

Dorchester Habitat is currently heading two homes projects on Lake Drive.

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The Robinson Family Story

When God is the Lord of your life, He often asks you to do something that requires a leap of faith. When we agree with God it is easy to take that leap forward. When the request requires us to face a painful truth, we would rather not.

Michael and Tierra Robinson had been saving money for months to purchase a manufactured home from his brother. Finally, they had $3,000, enough to take the next step. Their family of 6 was in desperate need of a new home…. but God had another idea. Michael had taken some money from his brother during a destructive time in his life. God told Michael to give his brother the money and let the idea of the home go…. for now. Miraculously, Michael and Tierra took that leap of faith and put the dream of that home on pause. But when that door closed, another opened, the door of a Dorchester Habitat home.

This was only possible because this couple has built their marriage on the solid rock of Jesus as the cornerstone. They met at The Harvest Center Church on College Park Road. Tierra’s mom’s best friend told her about the church 19 years ago and Michael’s mom had joined the church when he was 19. Michael’s mom and his sister were hoping that attending church might keep him out of trouble. As God would have it, that is exactly what did happen. Michael realized that he needed help fighting his drug addiction and came forward during an altar call that he credits with saving his life. His aunt Darlene played matchmaker and his first date Tierra was at the Waffle House. They were married 3 months later!

Although 7 years of marriage and 4 children have been a blessing, things have not been easy. As many husbands do, Michael thought that he was the head of the household and that Tierra should ‘tow the line’. On the other hand, Tierra became resentful and angry with the responsibility of motherhood and stretched finances. Again, the Holy Spirit and their faith came to the rescue. Instead of a divorce, Michael realized that that his attitude was a problem and Tierra found a mentor in the church to guide her. They asked God to change them and instead of a divorce their marriage grew stronger.

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