Last Saturday I participated in the annual Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity in Newark Ohio.
My Realtor friend Maxine Becker-Crabill was already involved and got me interested. Also joining us was Leona Manogg (we call her Lee) from Ambassador Title Agency. In the photo to the left, it's Maxine, me and Lee.
Our job was putting up vinyl siding along with the other volunteers. We arrived at 9:00am and donned tool belts. Some of us would be using hammers and nails and the others would be measuring and cutting. I was hammering and Lee was measuring and cutting. Maxine floated where ever she was needed since she's done this before.
The day before, several of us had attended the clinic at Lowe's in Heath and that's where I met Christine (I think that was her name) from a local State Farm office. As we were working, one of the ladies spending a lot of time with Christine had a familiar face and voice. I couldn't figure it out at first, but then I heard her name, Ursula. Ursula's connection with State Farm is what finally jogged my memory, she used to work at the office where we used to go. Ursula and I got reacquainted, she remembered me too. It was about 20 years ago!
A little later, I was working alongside another lady that looked familiar and as we got to talking, we discovered that she has a good friend who is a real estate agent and she's gone to some of our board functions. It also turns out that she (Jodi) is the person in charge of the Buckeye Lake Chamber book and had a fresh case of books in her car for another member of my team (which reminds me, they're still in my car).
It was very interesting to see how vinyl siding is installed on a house and what it looks like when it's not done correctly. I will definitely be able to use this in the future, either by volunteering again, helping my husband with our own house, or even as a buyer's agent when I'm looking at homes for sale.
It felt good to volunteer. Not only did I learn something new, I met some new people and helped a deserving family.