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Habitat volunteers still needed

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Trinity Habitat for Humanity is still looking to recruit individual volunteers and groups for the build that will start Dec. 4 at 202 W. Oak St. in Decatur.

In just three months, Wise County organizations and community members pledged $49,000 for the project, about $17,000 from full funding.

“We almost have this house fully funded, and it’s time to begin staffing the build with volunteers,” said Beth Lopez, Habitat for Humanity sponsor relations manager.

More than half the volunteer days have been filled by sponsor groups, but there is still a need for volunteers on Friday, Dec. 6; Wednesday, Dec. 11; Thursday, Dec. 12; Friday, Dec. 13; and Saturday, Jan. 25.

Volunteers will work on the home’s frame on Dec. 6, 11 and 12 and on the exterior finish Dec. 13 and Jan. 25, the last day of the build.

Spots are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of those days. A minimum of 10 participants are needed to make each day happen; 18 to 20 is ideal, and the site can accommodate up to 24.

Individuals can register via Habitat’s online volunteer hub at www.trinityhabitat.org. Select “Volunteer,” then register and you will be taken to a list of all of the volunteer opportunities available.

Groups can call the volunteer services department at 817-926-9219, ext. 108.

Water is provided as is a safety briefing, instructions and tools. Volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.

“And enjoy an amazing day working alongside other volunteers and quite often the homeowner herself,” Lopez said.

The homeowner is Charolet Schmerber, a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart and a single mom with a 9-year-old daughter. She’s currently renting but is looking forward to realizing her dream of having a home with a yard and enough space for her older kids and grandkids to come visit.

After going through a rigorous qualification process and training, Schmerber has been putting in some of her required 250 volunteer hours over the past year, working on Habitat houses in other parts of the Metroplex.

“We refer to them as our ‘partner family’ because they actually purchase the house and partner with us as volunteers to help make the build possible,” Lopez said. ” We partner with local sponsors as well, and we could not build homes without the help of sponsors and volunteers.”

Those interested in being a sponsor for this effort may contact Lopez at beth.lopez@trinityhabitat.org or 817-793-2384.

“With us working together, the Schmerber family will have a home in Wise County,” Lopez said.

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