On June 20, Springleaf*, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, and other volunteers from the Mobile, AL community will team up to refurbish the exterior of a home for a homeowner in need, as part of Habitat for Humanity's A Brush with Kindness program.
We are sponsoring this event and, in partnership with Ace Hardware, holding a Community Tool Drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity. New or used tools can be dropped off at branches or select Ace Hardware stores in the Mobile area throughout June.
Tools collected during the Tool Drive will be given to Habitat for Humanity for use on this and other future projects. Ira Bates Jr., the development director for Habitat for Humanity of SW Alabama, said in a TV interview about the event, "it's going to be huge for us to go out and use those tools on site."
The tool donation will help Habitat for Humanity continue its work on eliminating poverty housing and providing affordable homes to people in need. Habitat for Humanity aims to help people in need gain access to "decent, stable housing," by building or renovating homes for these people.
Since 1976, Habitat has built or repaired over 1 million houses around the world. Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama builds 6 to 8 new homes and repairs 10 to 15 existing homes.
Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness initiative is a home exterior preservation and repair program available to homeowners without the means to do the work themselves. Volunteers from nearby company branches in Alabama and Mississippi will be completing the home renovations alongside the home’s owners, the Habitat team, and other volunteers from the community. The renovations offered include painting, landscaping and minor repair services designed to enable homeowners to continue to live in safe, decent homes.
Working with Habitat is an opportunity "to help [people] in a personal way," says Tasha Mulkey, the branch manager at a company branch in Mobile. "Participating in this build gives us a chance to give back to the community."
Mulkey also looks forward to the opportunity to share this volunteering experience with her child. For Mulkey and several other company volunteers whose children will also be participating, this is an opportunity to "set a good example of giving back," demonstrating for their children the importance of helping people in need.
Volunteers with Habitat are not required to have construction experience or any special skill set. For anyone 15 or older, there are plenty of jobs to do on the site.
As Bates says, "all the help that we get in the community is always appreciated, because there's always a family in need."
To volunteer at this event, contact Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama at (251) 476-7171.
To contribute to the Community Tool Drive, bring new or gently used tools to dropoff locations at company branches in the following cities:
Or drop off tools at select Ace Hardware locations in and around Mobile.
* Please note that Springleaf has changed its name to OneMain.