Bell Family Build

Bell Family Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing
After living in government housing for most of her life, Habitat Partner Family Ashley Bell is ready for a home that she can call her own. Ashley has lived in her current SMHA (Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority) duplex for the past two years. Her current rent for the duplex is not considered technically as excessive for her income; however, Ashley is frustrated that every time she works overtime or gets a promotion to get ahead financially, her rent increases which foils her plans to save the extra income. Her frustration led her to look into securing a home loan from her bank. Unfortunately, Ashley’s credit history disqualified her from receiving the traditional home loan. Her current home has a few structural problems, including loose door handles on the main entry doors, a kitchen sink that frequently backs up and needs repaired, and porch steps that are pulling away from the house. Ashley is also concerned about her neighborhood because the house sits on a back alley with lots of foot traffic with people being rowdy at all hours of the day. While thankful for the housing SMHA has provided, Ashley is ready to make the transition to homeowner and provide her adopted goddaughter, Ja’Riah, with a home that is safe, decent, and stable.

a bright future
Throughout her time in the Habitat program, Ashley has proven to be a hard worker and dedicated to making her dream of homeownership a reality. She recently completed the ten week House2Home education series where she learned valuable skills regarding homeownership, maintenance, and personal and financial wellness. Ashley’s friendly personality and quick humor has made her a joy to work with on worksites, at ReStore, and in education classes. Although it sometimes seems overwhelming to balance raising Ja’Riah, working fulltime as house manager with members of the Developmentally Disabled community, and completing the Habitat program, Ashley is committed to making a short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of owning a home. When asked what she looks forward to most, Ashley’s answer was simple but true, "I am looking forward to owning something that is truly mine.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 2241 16th Street Northeast
  • Canton, Ohio
  • 44705, USA
  • Time:
  • Apr 07, 2018 08:30 am to
  • Jun 30, 2018 02:30 am
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
Pat Finch
Pat Finch
4.5
Bryan Cox
Bryan Cox
6
Ryan Feller
Ryan Feller
6
Sean Conley
Sean Conley
6
Smitty Smith
Smitty Smith
6
Sydney Lightner
Sydney Lightner
1.5
Ashley Elias
Ashley Elias
1.5
Sofia Horner
Sofia Horner
1.5
Emma DiGiulio
Emma DiGiulio
1.5
Samuel Myers
Samuel Myers
1.5
Anthony Fiorini
Anthony Fiorini
4.5
Jordan Finch
Jordan Finch
4.5
Ryan Berry
Ryan Berry
4.5
Rebekah Merkle
Rebekah Merkle
4.5
Lori Howenstine
Lori Howenstine
1.5
MJ McCaffrey
MJ McCaffrey
1.5
Ryan Ruschak
Ryan Ruschak
4.5
Quinn Cochran
Quinn Cochran
1.5
JJ Rhoades
JJ Rhoades
6
rhonda sypek
rhonda sypek
1.5
Nicholas Agresti
Nicholas Agresti
4.5
Abby Efobi
Abby Efobi
1.5
Tanner Viox
Tanner Viox
4.5
Hannah Dawson
Hannah Dawson
1.5
Sydney Rainsberger
Sydney Rainsberger
1.5
Lindsay Johnston
Lindsay Johnston
1.5
Rachelle Putnam
Rachelle Putnam
1.5
Hannah Flagg
Hannah Flagg
1.5
Jamie Misley
Jamie Misley
4.5
Krista Block
Krista Block
4.5
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About Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Welcome. 
Thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, believing in our mission, and supporting one important vision - to end substandard housing in your community. Here are some really important next steps and things to know about your upcoming volunteer day.  

What is a typical work day like?
8:30 a.m. | The work day begins. Please arrive a few minutes early so you can sign in and learn the day’s tasks and safety procedures.

10:00 a.m. | Short break and devotional. (A snack will be provided.) 

12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE:  Habitat does not provide lunches. Please have each volunteer bring his/her lunch. If lunch is being catered for the group, include enough food for the Habitat site supervisors, staff, and family. Adding five additional lunches will be sufficient.

2:30 p.m. | The work day ends.

What should volunteers wear?
You should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task. You could get hot, cold, sweaty, dirty, and dusty, and your clothes may get torn or stained. Your feet need to be protected, so closed toed shoes are required – no sandals! If your task is roofing, you must wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. No matter what, shirts must be worn at all times.

What should volunteers bring?
Water or Coffee | There will be water provided on the site, but bringing your own water is always a good idea. It is very important to stay hydrated on hot summer days. Please feel free to bring additional beverages, such as coffee, with you to the work site.

Hat and Sunscreen | If you will be working outside you’ll need to protect your neck and face from sunburn. Bring a hat and/or sunscreen.

Bandana | A bandana is great for wiping sweat from your face or soaking it in water to help cool you down. 

Gloves, Tool Belt, and Nail Apron | Habitat has a limited number of these items available, so if you have your own, please bring them.

Personal Tools | Habitat provides tools for the task of the day. However, feel free to bring your own tools, such as a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, utility knife, or speed square. Make sure to label all your tools!

A Positive Attitude | Plan on having fun while putting in a hard day’s work. Remember the purpose for which you are volunteering – to build a quality home for a hard working family in need.

Worksite Courtesy and Safety
Smoking | There is NO SMOKING on any Habitat volunteer site.  If you must take a smoking break, please step away from the site.

Safety is our first priority | We’re not in a hurry. We’ll take the appropriate time we need to build the house as carefully as if it were our own -  with the best craftsmanship possible and in compliance with all applicable codes.

Pay Attention | The best way to ensure safety for all workers is to be aware of your surroundings, at all times. You need to look out for your fellow volunteers like they are looking out for you. If you see a potentially dangerous situation, let the Site Supervisor or someone know immediately. It’s also important to pay attention to the safety talk given at the beginning of your work day.

Protect Yourself | It is for your safety to wear any safety equipment provided to you by Habitat. This will depend on the scope of work for the day. In most cases you will need to wear eye protection and gloves. If you are framing a new home, you will be required to wear a hard hat. If dust bothers you, please wear a dust mask. Masks, gloves, eye protection, pants, and long-sleeved shirts are necessary when insulating.  If working outside, remember to protect yourself from the sun.

Follow the Site Supervisor | On each job site, the Site Supervisor is the boss. There may be other ways to perform a specific task, but we do things the Habitat way. Once the Site Supervisor makes a decision, please follow his/her directions.

Respect | Please show respect to the building and environment with which you are working. Please take care of the tools and return them to the proper place when finished. We do our best to conserve building  materials. We ask that you do the same. Respect your fellow volunteers. Work together, especially when cleaning up for the day, picking up trash and securing materials and tools. 

Learn | Most people that volunteer with Habitat are learning on the job. It is a great experience when you learn something new and are able to teach someone else. Learn as much as you can during your volunteer experience. You’d be amazed at the new things you’ll learn!

Thank you for building homes, communities, and hope with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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