Story of The Week 12/5/2016

Inspired Work (or Service!)

By Aaron Heyerdahl

I was able to volunteer at a new home construction site for Habitat for Humanity. I served first through a service day with AmeriCorps, and then continued with my Independent Service Project. The house is being built to “Net Zero” standards, which means that the home will need minimal energy inputs, and will use no direct fossil fuels. I am inspired by this fantastic approach to using resources– including the environmental, economic, and human resources.aaron-heyerdahl-summer-institute

I think Habitat for Humanity’s philosophy of using community volunteers to support those in need is inspiring. I was able to use my background in construction, and experience with managing people, to help create an effective, fun environment on the days I served. For example, I kept a good and enthusiastic attitude even on the day that the foreman and I needed to move roughly ten tons of gravel over the course of the day.

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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