Habitat Homes for Deserving Families

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Most people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for families using mostly volunteer labor and often donated or discounted materials. President Jimmy Carter did a lot to make people aware of the good work they do by his involvement with this fine organization. In addition to building homes, Habitat “deconstructs” homes and uses the recovered materials in other building projects. Finally, Habitat operates ReStores that are run by volunteers, and that accept contributions of a variety of new or recycled household items (paint, flooring, light fixtures, etc.) that they then resell to the public.

I recently worked on a Habitat house for the second time (the first time was many years ago).


Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday July 23, 2011 5:00 am

Have you had a project that you involved a child, or other family member, with? Of course, doing something in service to others has unique value, and something we all want to share with ones we love.

The Joplin Marathon

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 9:00 am

It started last Sunday, when the winds finally stopped and people began to crawl out of their basements and stumble out of their homes and businesses. Or, in far too many cases, what was left of their homes and businesses.

“It” is the Joplin Marathon, and it’s being run by dozens of disaster relief organizations who will be hard at work in southwest Missouri, long after the media has packed up their cameras and moved on.

For many in the US, sports on the Memorial Day weekend means the Indy 500, but for folks in southwest Missouri, the Joplin Marathon is the only race that matters right now.

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