Four-Week Countdown to Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz BuildAugust 8, 2017, 2:00 PM HST (Updated August 8, 2017, 2:04 PM)
With Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build project coming up in just four weeks, the organization is increasing its effort to recruit volunteers for the build.
The Blitz Build is a 10-day event from Sept. 13 through 23 that will see 10 new Habitat homes built in Kealakehe. The 10 families receiving the homes are all from West Hawai‘i.
The Blitz Build is a celebration of Habitat for Humanity West Hawai‘i’s 15 years on the island.
The majority of the work on the homes will be completed by volunteers, both local and from the mainland.
Over the next 10 weeks leading up to the Blitz Build, Habitat for Humanity will run a “Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer” series, with special prize giveaway each week as added incentives to sign up.
Each week, Habitat will release a new reason for individuals to sign up to be a volunteer, highlighting the benefits of volunteering. When individuals sign up, they will be entered into a draw to win a prize from the organization. Prizes include tickets to Habitat special events, like Paint & Sip, and gift cards.
“Volunteering really has endless benefits—not only for the community and organization that you volunteer for, but also personally,” said Community Relations Coordinator Amanda MacIntosh. “We want to give our community even more reasons to sign up for the Blitz Build—to show them the difference volunteering makes both for our West Hawai‘i community and for their own lives.”
Reason #1 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build volunteer: This is the biggest Habitat for Humanity build project since we started building on Hawai’i Island. This is a chance for you to make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time as a Habitat volunteer, ever!
Reason #2 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build volunteer: The new skills you’ll learn! Working on a construction site is so exciting, and whether you’ve volunteered before or not, you’re bound to learn something new, from our crew leaders and skilled professionals!
Reason #3 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build volunteer: The need to build affordable housing in Hawaii has never been greater. Hawai‘i is the #1 state for homelessness, cost of living, and poverty. When you volunteer with Habitat, you can know that you are making a big difference, for a cause that matters at home!
Reason #4 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build volunteer: Volunteering is good for you! Volunteering has been proven to make you happier, by lowering stress, anger and anxiety! It also connects you to your community, giving you a sense of pride and identity!
Reason #5 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build volunteer: It’s fun! When you show up to volunteer, you get a free T-shirt, free lunch, entertainment from local artists and even a shoulder massage! We take care of our volunteers and the happier you are, the happier we are!
Reason #6 to sign-up to be a Blitz Build Volunteer: You’ll be giving back where you live! We are building these 10 homes for local families—people who have lived here their whole lives and want to raise their children with aloha on the Big Island! Help them create a better future by working alongside them!
Sign-up between Monday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 13, and be entered into a draw to win a gift card to the ReStore!
The first week’s prize was a ticket to Habitat’s July Paint & Sip on Thursday, July 13.
To learn more about the Blitz Build, and to sign up to be a volunteer, go online.
About Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island
Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, non-profit housing organization. Habitat Hawai’i Island works with low-income families to help them build a safe, decent, and affordable place that they can call home. Habitat Hawai’i Island is volunteer driven and relies on donation to help our partner families. To date, Habitat Hawai’i Island has completed 32 news homes, 36 critical home repairs, and 24 Neighborhood Revitalization Projects.