NewPointe Community Church - Dover | Dingman Family

NewPointe Community Church - Dover | Dingman Family

About This Campaign

family and current housing
Like many of our Partner Families, Rick Dingman applied to the Habitat homeownership program hoping to secure safe, stable, and affordable housing for his family. The Dingman family currently lives in an old pizza shop that was converted into two apartments. Their unit only has one entrance/exit and no access from their apartment to the basement which is meant to be a shared storage space and houses the utilities for the entire building. This poses a problem because, when the building was split into two apartments, the electric was poorly rewired and now their entire apartment except the kitchen runs on the same fuse which frequently overloads it. Whenever the fuse blows, Rick has to hope their neighbor is home to let them into the basement to flip the breaker. The furnace installed during the splitting of the apartments is not strong enough to keep up; therefor the upstairs bedroom area gets very cold. The apartment also only has three bedrooms, so the three boys share a crowded room. The bathroom flooring is damaged from previous plumbing leaks around the toilet and tub. Other than the old pizza shop parking lot, the building really has no green outdoor space which Rick would like to have for his children to enjoy. Fourteen year old Adaera is the oldest Dingman child and likes art and singing. Her eleven year old twin brothers Dorian and Makail are avid baseball players, and ten year old Nemiah likes animals. Together the family enjoys video games, family movie night, and kayaking.

a bright future
Like all of our Partner Families, Rick is working hard to provide this housing opportunity to his family. Throughout his time in the Habitat program, Rick has and continues to invest numerous hours of sweat equity on worksites, at ReStore, and in House2Home education classes. His dedicated work ethic has made Rick a valuable asset on the various Habitat worksites, and he eagerly looks forward to the day construction begins on his future home. Along with completing Habitat requirements and raising his children, Rick works hard to financially provide for his family as a floor leader at his job at a local mechanic and tire dealership. Soon, all his hard work will pay off and the Dingman family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! When asked what he looks forward to most about being a homeowner, Rick responded, "I am looking forward to the house being ours and being able to give my children enough room for all of us to live comfortably. Owning my own home will make a huge difference in all our lives because we will have something to show for our efforts."

Location / Venue

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.

Welcome! About Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity...

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. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, contact us and let us help.

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.
  • 12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE: Habitat for Humanity does not provide lunches. Please have each volunteer bring his/her lunch. 
  • 2:30 p.m. | The work day ends. Based on the speed of volunteers, work day may end earlier.
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. 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.
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.”