Here at Odds & Ends Home Improvement, we believe in contributing to the community where we live, work, and play to help make it a better place. One of the ways we do that is donating our time and professional expertise to help the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity build homes for needy families.
If you’re not familiar with the mission of Habitat for Humanity, their purpose is to help low-income families find safe and affordable housing, and give them the training and tools they need to be responsible homeowners. One of the ways they do this is by building new homes at greatly reduced cost by using donated labor and supplies. They then sell these homes to low-income families at a price much lower than market value and with a zero-interest loan.
Contrary to popular belief, Habitat for Humanity does not “give away” homes. Not only does the recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home have to make a down payment on the house, they also have to contribute “sweat equity” by helping to build not only their own home but also volunteer on other build projects. In addition, they must go through an extensive qualification process and attend classes on responsible home ownership and personal finance.
How we help
Although anyone can volunteer to help build a Habitat for Humanity home, there are some aspects of the building process that require trained professionals. You don’t want random people who show up to volunteer at a build site installing electrical wiring, pipes, or roofs, for example. Odds & Ends Home Improvement helps with some of these tasks since we have many years of experience providing these services for our customers.
This month, we are helping by installing a roof on a newly built Habitat for Humanity home in the Farmville area. The material for the roof was donated, and we provided the labor and expertise to install it. It took a full day of work and six employees including myself (owner Jimmy Dedmond) to complete the job, but at the end of the process the home had a new roof built using 50-yr architectural shingles. This is the type of material we recommend to all our customers due to its durability.
Here’s a picture of the Odds & Ends Home Improvement team on the build site: