Stronger Communities – One Volunteer At A Time

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Photos by Robert Nicholson

Somewhere, in a neighborhood, the sounds of hammer and saw waft through the air. By following the sounds of construction one finds a new home taking shape. Not any new home, but a Habitat for Humanity home complete with many service opportunities during construction. Dozens of volunteer builders converge their individual efforts into a symphony of service, resulting in a finished masterpiece.

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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian ministry. They have provided over 1,300 homes during the last 35 years in Northwest Florida. Homes are priced at the cost of construction and come with interest free financing.

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The community supports habitat in many ways. Volunteers come from all walks of life. During a Wednesday visit I encountered young and older volunteers of all faiths working side by side. Volunteers from Temple Beth-El of Pensacola climbed ladders and layed tarpaper. There were Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints driving nails and installing supports. Some volunteers came alone – to just serve. When lunch was called, the members of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, ELCA of Pensacola donated and served a hardy meal. People of all faiths pitched in with support for each other to create something wonderful.

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When the service bug hits you, there is a handy way to find out where you are needed. Simply go to www.JustServe.org to make a difference in your community.

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Latter-day Saint Missionary, Sister Morgen Mantlo said, “I love being a volunteer at Habitat. This kind of volunteerism brings lasting satisfaction. The service ethic is one that is handed down through generations.”

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