RANDOLPH,NJ-Students looking to make a difference while enjoying time off from school can take part in what has become known as an alternative spring break. Instead of cutting loose on the beach, students can pick up a spackle bucket and patch holes. Rather than hitting the slopes, they can hit some nails to put up sheetrock and improve housing alongside homeowners.
Morris Habitat for Humanity has building projects in Morristown, Dover, Budd Lake and Hewitt. Others are beginning to get under way as well, because this year Morris Habitat is committed to completing nine projects before the end of 2016.
Much of the effort at the active work sites involves indoor work and there are warming stations and hot drinks available. Morris Habitat welcomes all volunteers, but they’re hoping to encourage help from students on spring break! If you are over 16 years of age or older, consider helping to make someone’s dream of homeownership a reality. Get a group of friends together and make it an even more special experience.
There are thousands of families living in inadequate or substandard housing in Morris County because they can’t afford the area’s high prices. Morris Habitat is dedicated to building decent, affordable housing with low-income families. Those chosen by lottery to own a Habitat House must commit to at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” to help build their future home. So come on out to a construction site and build along with the family and other community members.
These alternative spring breaks allow students to serve communities in a meaningful way. They can travel, meet new people, and feel the satisfaction that comes from working to improve communities — and lives. With or without experience, every volunteer hour brings the homes closer to being completed. You will be taught what you need to know for that day. Come once or more often. It takes more than a hammer and a nail to build a house; it takes volunteers like YOU to help make a dream come true!
To volunteer, contact Stephanie Sayki, Director of Volunteer Services, at 973-891-1934 ext. 103 and go to www.MorrisHabitat.org to sign up as a volunteer. For more information on Morris Habitat and its activities, go to http://morrishabitat.org or call 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 400 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Of these 62 home were home repair projects and 74 new homes were built as well. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 12 housing starts for 2016, completing 9 homes during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have funded 18 homes and diverted almost 5,100 tons of useable material out of landfills. Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues & Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Wed, Fri & Sat 10 - 6 p.m.