NewPointe | Lightner Family Build
A volunteering campaign for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
About This Campaign
family and current housing
Habitat recognizes and values the stability that comes with owning a home and putting down roots, especially for children. The security of knowing they have a safe place to come home to is vitally important to a child’s growth and development. For many Habitat Partner Families, like Teaira Lightner, desiring stability for her family is the driving force behind applying. Teaira openly shared that she has moved over eight times in the past eight years. Issues including bed bugs, slum lords, and a termite infestation have led to prematurely terminated leases and continual transience for her family. Although her current rental is located in a decent neighborhood, she continues to face structural issues such as missing window screens, water damage to her son’s bedroom from an old roof leak, only one working outlet in her kitchen, and damage to the concrete block foundation resulting in water flooding the basement during a rain. Teaira decided it was time for one last move and applied for homeownership through Habitat. She eagerly looks forward to having a place where her three children, Richard and twins Royalty and Trinity, can call their forever home. Teaira was also recently granted guardianship of her younger brother, Melvin, and knows a stable home will help her best for care for him. “Having our own home means the kids can have somewhere to go when they get older even if I’m not there anymore. They will always have a place to stay.” What a blessing and place to create special memories this Habitat home will be for the Lightner family!
a bright future
Since joining the Habitat partnership, Teaira has invested numerous hours of sweat equity at ReStore, on worksites, and in House2Home education classes preparing for the transition from renter to homeowner. Although she enjoys classes and being helpful at ReStore, Teaira, like all Habitat Partner Families, is most excited for the hours she will spend building her family’s future home. Working fulltime, completing the Habitat program, and being a single mom and guardian to her brother leaves Teaira with a lot on her plate. “Getting [to Habitat] when you have three children and work fulltime, or work overtime, and trying to make ends meet, especially as a single mom, is definitely a challenge. But I’m here. There is something that motivates me every Saturday and keeps me pushing.” One of those motivations is the team of people coming together to help achieve her dream of homeownership. Teaira humbly expressed her gratitude to that team of sponsors and volunteers: “I appreciate it, I’m excited, and I thank everybody who is going to help me build my home and help my children.”
Location / Venue
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- 2132 7th Street Northeast
- Canton, OH 44704
- Sep 19, 2020 08:30 am to
- Jan 09, 2021 02:30 pm
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. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.
- Before Volunteering | If you are not feeling well or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. Call 330-312-3419 to cancel. Leave a message if no one answers.
- 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. | Worksite check-in runs from 8 to 8:15 a.m. Please wait in your car if you arrive at the worksite before then.
- 8:15 a.m. | Welcome and safety talk.
- 8:30 a.m. | The work day begins.
- 10:00 a.m. | Short break.
- 12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. Individual volunteers should bring their own lunch. Group lunches must be individually boxed or bagged.
- 2:30 p.m. | The work day ends. Based on the speed of volunteers, the work day may end earlier.
- 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.
- A Face Mask | You will be required to wear a mask on Habitat worksites. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
- 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 will provide all volunteers with their own set of personal hand tools to use for the day to limit sharing equipment. However, feel free to bring your own tools such as a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, utility knife, or speed square. Please do not bring power tools. Make sure to label all your tools and keep them with you at all times.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cleanliness | Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be provided. Surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day.
- 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. You will be required to wear a hard hat at all times. If you have your own hard hat or safety glasses, feel free to bring that with you. 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!