Saturday, August 27 was a beautiful day for volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity project. Rotarian Steve Landry invited the Beer Fellowship group to join him at the project in Mount Horeb. He promised a trip to the Grumpy Troll Brewpub afterward. Keith and Juli Baumgartner, and Neil Fauerbach joined Steve bright and early at the site. Fellow Rotarian and Habitat CEO Perry Ecton joined us for the afternoon.
Steve volunteers for Habitat and assists with fundraising. It was a first experience for Keith, Juli, and Neil. The project we helped with is a duplex on a beautiful lot on the outskirts of the city. The future owners, Karen and Jean were with us all day, coordinating our paperwork and pounding a few nails. They spend a great deal of their time working on their new homes.
Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has helped 190 families own their own home. Their process for educating the new owners on the economics and responsibility of home ownership has shown astonishing success. Of those 190 homes, they have only had to take back one. Part of that success is due to the required involvement of the owners in the planning and building process. Just being selected as an owner is a competitive process requiring a good deal of education and research. New owner, Jean, explained the joy she and her family felt when they were selected to be the next HFH family.
On Saturday, we pounded nails, mudded drywall, swept floors, installed siding and made some new friends. It was a beautiful day for “service above self.”The Rotary Club of Madison has 500 members from business, academia, healthcare and public and community service. It is one of the ten largest Rotary International chapters in the world and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Rotary International is a service club with local and global reach. It’s 34,000 chapters in over 200 countries have 1.2 million members who meet weekly to develop friendships, learn, and work together to address important humanitarian needs.