|IYC Women with homeowners to be John and John Jr.|
|Mark, our site supervisor|
Happily, Mark, our site supervisor, was totally on top of things. In his introduction, Mark shared that he lives in a Habitat home himself. All H4H homeowners have to put sweat equity into their houses while they are being built. His abundant skills and easy manner obviously impressed them enough to give him a job.
|Diana paints trim|
A few of us grabbed the incredibly worn brooms and got to work. (This again reminded me of our work in New Orleans when Althea kept saying, as we dug holes for fence posts that would soon be filled with rain, "There are tools specifically for this purpose. Can't we just go buy some?" But then you realize that any implement used by H4H quickly becomes worn out. With approximately 20 homes going up in Charlotte County each year, anything new gets a lot of use in a short period of time.
|Debbie at work|
We got some more challenging jobs as well, such as putting up siding just underneath the roof line. Admittedly, it took a few of us for this task, leading us to adapt the old joke to, "How many IYC women does it take to put up a piece of siding?"
Sheryl & Jane ensured I didn't fall
the 2' to the ground
Once the measurements were done, we cut the siding, Mark crimped it, and we slid it into its slot. (Trust me when I say that it didn't go quite as smoothly as that sounds.) It was quite satisfying.
|Mary Francis preps the stairs|
He added that men can get sidetracked when something is done in a different way than they would have done themselves. His description (with accompanying visual) of one worker pointing to something he didn't like and then everyone else abandoning their posts to check it out and give their own opinions was quite hilarious. All the wives nodded knowingly.
IYC Women's motto is, "Volunteering is more fun when you do it with friends." How true. I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was a fun day and that we left with a feeling of accomplishment. I'm looking forward to future projects with this great group of women.