The exterior of the Humboldt Habitat House is almost completed. In fact, in just over one week the progress was tremendous thanks to the volunteers who were involved in Sponsorship Days. Sponsorship Days occur when a business agrees to make a monetary donation to Humboldt Habitat and also send some of their employees to work on the site for a day. During Sponsorship Days, a lunch is provided for the workers by Humboldt Habitat volunteers who had signed up to provide lunches and snacks.
On August 23, Big Sky Farms supplied the workers as well as a “cage” to help install the windows and doors. Most of the volunteers had experience with this so the doors and windows were basically completed in one day.
Then on August 28 and 29, Home Hardware volunteered to add the siding. According to Dean Possberg, the General Manager of the store, it was best to divide the 8 volunteers into two groups of four over two days so that their store would not be depleted of workers. Instead of wearing the blue volunteer Habitat T Shirts, the Home Hardware crew donned their red ones. They made excellent progress.
Volunteers often state that they have little or no experience so what can they do. The short answer is, “you would be surprised what you can do with a little guidance”. One of the female volunteers from Home Hardware had never done siding before but with a little help she did a great job and learned a new skill!
Richardson Pioneer Grain Co. sent volunteers on August 30 and 31. They were able to finish off the siding and do most of the facia and soffits. According to one of the workers, it was like a “vacation” getting a chance to do something different on such a beautiful day. He also said he felt good about volunteeering for such a good cause.
Humboldt Reliable Roofing also did the shingling for us in one day and later that night the rain pounded down but no problem – the interior was dry!
Tim Prytula, the site Manager, has the responsibility to manage the build and to coach/advise the volunteers. Because of the Sponsorship Days the last two weeks in August and the skill level of those volunteers, Tim really appreciated the amount of work that was completed.
Right now the build has slowed as the two plumbing companies who are donating their labour, Crone’s Plumbing and Heating and MNM Plumbing and Heating, have to do the “rough ins” in the basement and they are extremely busy. This means they have been coming back on weekends and at night. Dry walling and other interior work must wait until this is completed. As well, Prairie Piling & Construction and Brockman Enterprises are both going nonstop and until the plumbing is completed, no cement basement can be poured.
We have other businesses who have agreed to Sponsorship Days later in September or October: ISC (Land Titles), Conexus Credit Union, Cupe Local 4799, South 20 Dodge Chrysler, and TSL Mechanical from Lanigan who has agreed to do the water and sewer hook ups.
Considering the basement was dug at the end of June and volunteers did not really start until the middle of July, progress to date has been excellent. The support of many volunteers who build on site, phone perspective workers, register the volunteers in the morning, provide snacks, provide meals, serve on committees, and the businesses, organizations and individuals who donate money, labour and or materials ( Shout out to Wolverine Drilling for continued use of skid steer/bobcat and zoom boom) and to Tim the site Manager, have all made this possible in a relatively short period of time.
If you get the chance, drive by the house on 2nd Street just south of Futuristic and Sarcan.