MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris Habitat for Humanity has made a New Year resolution to expand safe and affordable housing to qualified families. But that kind of expansion means far more help is needed and they are hoping that area residents will make volunteering a New Year resolution, too. Morris Habitat invites all who are interested to join the large family of volunteers now helping to make the dream of home-ownership come true. It’s not too late to make a commitment.
For many, this last year has brought life changes and challenges. As we age, it is critical that we move beyond these challenges and put our time and energies where they are most valued. Volunteering is one way of doing just that.
Researchers have found that active volunteers reported, compared to other people the same age, improvements in mental health and physical functioning. They also seemed to delay the onset of age-related health problems. Active volunteers reported higher self-esteem and more connectivity with other people. They were more engaged in the community and increased their number of friends.
When most people think of Morris Habitat for Humanity, they think about swinging a hammer at a construction site. It is true that Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to building decent, affordable housing for qualified low-income families; therefore needing a stream of dedicated construction volunteers. However, there are many non-construction activities where mature volunteers excel. Morris Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, ages, races and religions to come and volunteer with us.
Those interested can start by attending one of Morris Habitats monthly Volunteer Orientations and, within an hour, learn all about Morris Habitat, our activities and plans as well as all the areas where volunteers are needed.
Like to shop? Consider working in our ReStore. Like to plan events or mentor a family? Morris Habitat welcomes your skills. Consider joining one of the many committees that ensure Morris Habitat reaches its goal of helping 10-15 local families per year by providing affordable home ownership. .
What’s in it for you?
Learn or develop a new skill - Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover a “hidden talent”, something you are really good at and develop a new skill.
Be part of your community - No man or woman is an island. We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s wellbeing.
Motivation and sense of achievement - Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. You can work at tasks that you enjoy.
New interests and hobbies - Sometimes we do get locked into the “rat-race” of life and volunteering can give that escape to every day routine and create a balance in our lives. Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energizing.
Morris Habitat can provide all these things and more. As a volunteer you can be assured that all efforts and skills are valued, and no one leaves without at least one “thank you” for the time and energy given.
For more information, and to find out when the next volunteer orientation is scheduled, go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org Volunteer opportunities and orientations are listed right on the home page. Otherwise, contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity Office in Randolph, NJ at 973-891-1934.
About Morris Habitat for Humanity
Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 305 families though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. During the past year Morris Habitat has completing 5 units, with 15 under construction, and finished 10 home repair projects. Thirty eight projects are in the pipeline for 2015-2017. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 14 homes and diverted 4,400 tons of useable material out of landfills. Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues 12 - 8 p.m., Wed & Fri 10 - 6 p.m., Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 - 5 p.m.