RiverTree | Allen Family Build

RiverTree | Allen Family Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing
After years of living in substandard rentals, Stark County native and Habitat Partner Family, Amber Allen, is ready to put down roots and become a first-time homeowner. Amber and her young son currently live in a public housing duplex that is old and structurally unsuitable. The home’s windows are dated, do not lock, are missing screens, and have been known to blow open in the wind. The duplex is carpeted throughout, including the kitchen and bathroom. A serious plumbing issue causes sewage from her side and the other half of the duplex to back up into Amber’s bathroom which has destroyed the carpet. The bathroom sink also has a constant leak; this is a nuisance as Amber is responsible for paying the water bill. As a result of the plumbing issues, several rooms in the duplex have mold on the walls, ceiling, and carpet. Unruly neighbors once broke through her front door and, although addressed by the landlord, the door still does not close correctly. Amber has also struggled to eliminate a roach infestation in the home. Although grateful for a place to live, Amber is ready to move out after five years of dealing with these ongoing issues. By purchasing a home of her own, Amber will provide security and stability for herself and her son, Demetrie. At four years old, Demetrie may be too young to fully appreciate his mother’s dedication to provide a better home for him, but he certainly will benefit from it!

a bright future
Throughout her time in the Habitat program, Amber will invest numerous hours preparing to make her dream of homeownership a reality. She will soon complete the ten week House2Home education series where she will learn valuable skills regarding homeownership, maintenance, and personal and financial wellness. She has also invested hours of sweat equity on worksites and at Habitat ReStore, and Amber is especially excited to help with the renovation of her own future home. Although it sometimes seems overwhelming to balance raising Demetrie, working fulltime, and completing the Habitat program, Amber is committed to making a short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of owning a home. “I look forward to both the responsibility and happiness that comes with owning my own home,” explained Amber. “I wanted to give my child a better living situation and that brought me to Habitat.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 1653 Hammond Ave. SW
  • Canton, OH 44706
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Apr 19, 2018 08:30 am to
  • Apr 19, 2018 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
Maureen Critchfield
Maureen Critchfield
4
Cassie Klinger
Cassie Klinger
4
Wendy Fetzer
Wendy Fetzer
4
Micah Phelps
Micah Phelps
4
Courtney Jeans
Courtney Jeans
4
John Graves
John Graves
6
Lindsay Graves
Lindsay Graves
6
Chiew Johnson
Chiew Johnson
6
Kenny Kegley
Kenny Kegley
6
Meghan DeNorscia
Meghan DeNorscia
6
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.”