North Canton Chapel | McLeod Family
A volunteering campaign for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
About This Campaign
Habitat is excited to partner with Nicole McLeod and her family to help them achieve their goal of homeownership. After years of moving between private rentals and government housing, Nicole is ready to purchase a simple, decent, affordable home of her own. Currently, The McLeod family is living in a rental home originally build by the ABCD Homes program. Although the home is newer and in decent shape structurally, Nicole has dealt with issues because of the location of the home. Situated directly between the SARTA bus garage and the YMCA temporary housing shelter, the neighborhood has much foot traffic. In fact, Nicole cited numerous times strangers have been in her yard, vandalized the home, thrown bricks through the windows, knocked on the doors, and peered in the windows. She hopes to purchase a home in a safer neighborhood and with a yard where her two boys, Nisuan and Carter, can safely play. Past credit issues led to Nicole not initially qualifying for the Habitat program. However, she worked hard, qualified upon reapplying, and is well on her way to achieving her dream of homeownership.
a bright future
Throughout her timein the Habitat program, Nicole will invest numerous hours of sweat equity on Habitat worksites and at ReStore. She also completed the ten week House2Home education series learning valuable skills regarding homeownership, maintenance, and personal and financial wellness. In addition to completing the Habitat requirements and raising her boys, Nicole works fulltime for a local insurance company in the accounting department. Although she is balancing many things right now, Nicole is committed to making a short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of owning a home. “I heard stories about Habitat’s program and wanted to be part of the experience,” Nicole explained. “I look forward to making the house my own. It will help us feel comfortable and take a little weight off my shoulders!”
Location / Venue
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- 2022 25th Street Northeast
- Canton, OH 44705
- Jan 04, 2019 08:30 am to
- Jan 01, 2020 09:30 am
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.
- 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.
- 12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE: Volunteers from North Canton Chapel will be providing lunch for all volunteers. Feel free to bring snacks or special food that you may want or need.
- 2:30 p.m. | The work day ends. Based on the speed of volunteers, 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.
- 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. Please do not bring power tools and do 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.
- 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!