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Building Relationships While Building Homes

On August 13, seven staff members from Susquehanna Bank’s Maryland region reached out to help a single mother and her young son reach a dream. It was a dreary, rainy day, but at 8:00 am sharp, Christy, Anna, Thad, Brenda, Cheryl, Kathy, and I showed up at the Habitat for Humanity build site in Hagerstown to assist in the completion of a brand-new home.

The day started out with the Habitat site host gathering us and several other volunteers together for task assignments. The agenda for the day was painting walls, ceilings, trim, closets, doors; installing kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and vinyl siding.

After getting our assignments, we set out to get the job done! You know, I discovered that we have some wonderful painters in our group. Now, no one was quite sure what I had set out to paint. Bets were on that I got more paint on me than on the closet walls! But the others will come highly recommended if you are looking to have some painting done!

Lunch was supplied by various churches in the area. We sat outside at picnic tables for the much-needed break and to chat. We met lots of interesting people, including a young man who had just returned from a church trip to Haiti. It puts life into perspective to hear stories about other countries that are under such duress.

After lunch, the newspaper and TV station showed up to do stories on the build. That gave us and Habitat some wonderful press. Just to give you some insight on Habitat for Humanity: it is a non-profit, universal Christian housing organization, with a goal to provide quality housing to people who can’t afford to purchase homes through standard methods. The homes are sold to approved applicants through a no-profit, no-interest loan which is repaid in monthly installments. All work on the build is done by volunteers, with the approved family investing hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity.”

At the end of the day, we all went home or back to the office, tired and dirty… but feeling good about the relationship we built with the community and fellow volunteers… and for doing what counts!

But Susquehanna Bank’s Maryland team shouldn’t hang up their work clothes yet. United Way Day of Caring is coming up in October. It will be time again to get down and dirty! Thanks to all who helped!

(This guest blog submission was written by Sharon, who works as a facilities manager at Susquehanna Bank.)

 

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