Linzi has volunteered with Habitat in a variety of ways; from giving 4 hours a week to Habitat ReStore, leading Youth Build teams to Romania, being a regular giver and helping out at Habitat NI events. Read about her experience here:
I knew a lot about Habitat before I volunteered, and I loved that it is a Christian organisation which focuses on putting God’s love into action. So when I heard about a global volunteering opportunity through my church, I was eager to get involved.
Around 3 years now!
I have come to a time in my life where I want to focus my efforts on supporting one charity that means a lot to me, and I feel that Habitat’s ethos is such a good fit for me.
I’m very much a people person, and as a teacher I have a lot of experience working with young people. This means I was well suited to volunteer my time as a Youth Build leader, and means I can help both customers and fellow volunteers in ReStore.
Clearing out the warehouse. It’s so great to see the difference you can make in just 4 hours!
The value that homes have to people. It isn’t just a roof over your head. It’s a place for children to study, parents to work and a family to grow. It’s the start of everything, and it’s so important.
The great variety of tasks I am asked to complete. Just because I’m a woman, I’m not stuck behind the till. I’m given tasks that I want to do, and taught how to do new things.
Getting the opportunity to travel on Global Village trips. Meeting a new group of people each time and seeing the impact the experience has on them is amazing to see.
Not being able to do more. Everyday life and time constraints mean that I can’t volunteer as much, or as regularly as I’d like.
The ReStore staff have so much time for all their volunteers. They never get tired of the endless questions and queries. It’s great to get a chance to interact with them every week makes my experience so wonderful.
That Habitat is working every single day around the world. The people who have dedicated their lives to Habitat’s work are my inspiration, and I am so blessed to be involved with this charity.