DENVER (CBS4) – Music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood lent a hand to building a community in Denver on Wednesday. Habitat for Humanity is building and repairing many homes in the Globeville neighborhood and they’re encouraging others to get involved.
Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization with Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn helping out as well.
Volunteers really drive the organization. It’s been said that volunteering for Habitat for Humanity is some of the hardest work you’ll ever love. But if you’ve ever wanted to volunteer for Habitat but were too intimidated for fear of not knowing what to do, like not being handy with a hammer, don’t worry.
“We take people with no skills, lots of skills, whatever,” Heather Lafferty with Habitat for Humanity said. “All we really need is somebody who’s willing pick up a hammer, listen to what we have to share in terms of how to get our projects done, and to be willing to work hard to make a difference.”
Lafferty says they work with about 15,000 volunteers in the Denver metro area, and those are folks who might come out for a day, or they might come out for one day a week for a year.
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Habitat is really just looking for people who want to be a part of the revitalization of neighborhoods.
Habitat uses three criteria to select families: their need for housing, their ability to pay a zero interest mortgage — habitat is not a giveaway program, and their willingness to partner with Habitat.
“The hardest thing we do is not building homes, it’s selecting the families that we partner with,” Lafferty said. “Families work so hard to go through a rigorous selection process.”
If you’d like to volunteer to help Habitat for Humanity visit the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver website.