Last month, a team of fifteen volunteers spent seven days in Zambia. The build site was located in a village called Linda—a half hour drive from the capital, Lusaka. The team built two houses for two families. Volunteers were able to establish a relationship with the family they were building with. “You’re working side by side…and eating lunch together.”
Story Collection: Volunteers
During the company’s first Global Village trip, volunteers from ACI Worldwide worked on two sites in Romania. The first was a five-plex building designed for apartment living. The other location was a shelled Romanian air force base in Timisoara, reclaimed by the city after the fall of communism. The volunteers cleaned and organized the site—“shoveling at least seven tons of rubble.”
Because Mohamed served as a translator for his parents, he spent a year working side-by-side with them as they completed their 350 hours of sweat equity on Habitat Omaha build sites. Shortly after his family purchased their Habitat Omaha home in 2015, Mohamed decided to take his involvement to the next level—he joined the Habitat Omaha team as an AmeriCorps Service Member.
For six weeks this spring, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is hosting the Maple V AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team. These nine members come from all over the country and will be serving with various nonprofit organizations across the central United States for 10 months. Habitat Omaha is their first assignment.
Participating in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project had been on Lucy Shepard’s ‘Bucket List’ ever since she first heard about it over 25 years ago. “I always wanted to do a Carter Build and I was so glad when Mona [McGregor] got picked and the other three decided to go. I was just thrilled,” she said.
Paul Jelinek has represented First Presbyterian Church as a member of two faith coalitions, recruiting volunteers, building homes, and helping to provide lunch for the work crews with the help of his wife, Nancy. When he heard Habitat Omaha was planning a Global Village mission trip to Nepal he was excited about the opportunity to combine his passion for travel with his commitment to Habitat.