RiverTree | Wenzel Family Build

RiverTree | Wenzel Family Build

About This Campaign

FAMILY AND CURRENT HOUSING
Future Habitat homeowner Jennifer Wenzel applied to the program looking for an opportunity to provide her family with a safe, decent, affordable place to call their own. Roughly ten years ago, Jennifer joined the United States Army and served as a cook in the food service department. While stationed in an imminent danger area Afghanistan, Jennifer was injured during a firefight. Upon returning home, Jennifer and her two sons moved in with Jennifer’s parents while she recovered from her injuries. While Jennifer is thankful to be alive, her injuries resulted in many life changes including new physical limitations. Jennifer was unable to maintain her job as a lab technician and she has difficulty maneuvering around her parent’s home, specifically when it comes to climbing the stairs to her room. Jennifer is very appreciative of her parent’s assistance over the past years, but is ready to regain her independence and provide her sons with a place they can permanently call home. Connor is eight years old and loves to swim and his little brother, Corbin, is a ball of energy who is enjoying pre-kindergarten. Jennifer often talks about her love of cooking and baking and how helpful both boys are in the kitchen. The family looks forward to the day they can bake their favorite treats together in their own kitchen.

A BRIGHT FUTURE
Throughout her time in the Habitat program, Jennifer has proven to be a dedicated, hard worker. She recently completed the ten-week House2Home education series where she learned valuable skills regarding homeownership, maintenance, and personal and financial wellness. While Jennifer would say she learned a lot, she was also a leader in classes as she willingly shared her own strategies for achieving financial stability, especially on a fixed income. Although it sometimes seems overwhelming to balance raising her children, completing the Habitat program, and continuing treatment for her leg injury, Jennifer is committed to making a short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of owning her own home. And thanks to the Habitat program, Jennifer will purchase a home that is not just affordable, but perfectly suited to meet her physical needs. “I am so looking forward to having a home,” Jennifer said. “I think it will create an even better relationship with my family, especially my boys.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 376 Ford Street NW
  • Massillon, OH 44647
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Jul 01, 2017 08:30 am to
  • Oct 07, 2017 02:30 pm
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. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
William Cole
William Cole
N/A
Janine Young
Janine Young
6
David Koch
David Koch
6
Tamara Jones
Tamara Jones
18
Jim Mayfield
Jim Mayfield
9.5
Jim Mayfield
Jim Mayfield
3.5
Sharon Mallady
Sharon Mallady
12
Christine Ailing
Christine Ailing
12
Jason Bryant
Jason Bryant
3.5
fred herman
fred herman
7
Suzanne Baxter
Suzanne Baxter
6
William Whited
William Whited
3.5
debbie golden
debbie golden
6
Chelsea Golden
Chelsea Golden
6
Jason Benjamin
Jason Benjamin
6
joy Benjamin
joy Benjamin
6
John Mahlendorf
John Mahlendorf
12
Jason Lowe
Jason Lowe
3.5
Kristie Galloway
Kristie Galloway
6
Alyssa Hanes
Alyssa Hanes
3.5
Frank Fitch
Frank Fitch
18
Rachel Cherry
Rachel Cherry
6
Sequoia Gordon
Sequoia Gordon
6
Brice Malterer
Brice Malterer
6
TJ Ammond
TJ Ammond
6
Janice Smith
Janice Smith
6
Mark Crabtree
Mark Crabtree
6
Roger Parmenter
Roger Parmenter
3.5
Kim White
Kim White
6
Denver Kennard
Denver Kennard
3.5
Calli Parmenter
Calli Parmenter
3.5
Carson Parmenter
Carson Parmenter
3.5
Brad Nickerson
Brad Nickerson
6
Nathan Lauro
Nathan Lauro
N/A
jennifer parmenter
jennifer parmenter
3.5
Julie Feld
Julie Feld
6
Shannyn Feld
Shannyn Feld
6
Tom Schwertner
Tom Schwertner
6
Scott Smith
Scott Smith
51.5
Bill Barnes
Bill Barnes
3.5
William Barnes
William Barnes
3.5
Laurie Williams
Laurie Williams
3.5
Christian Williams
Christian Williams
3.5
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
6
David Weaver
David Weaver
6
Shelly Denney
Shelly Denney
6
Karen Tabeling
Karen Tabeling
6
Sonia Scheetz
Sonia Scheetz
6
Suzi Lantz
Suzi Lantz
6
Brice Malterer
Brice Malterer
6
Ashley Schaer
Ashley Schaer
6
Nicolas Trojack
Nicolas Trojack
24
Patrick Pikus
Patrick Pikus
6
LeeAnn Neal
LeeAnn Neal
6
John Mills
John Mills
12
allan sigler
allan sigler
6
Andrew Rositer
Andrew Rositer
12
Kevin Lippincott
Kevin Lippincott
6
Joseph Codispoti
Joseph Codispoti
6
Mike Polnik
Mike Polnik
6
Jyl Schaer
Jyl Schaer
6
tom webb
tom webb
6
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Volunteering Teams

Ammond

6
Participants
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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