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Old 04-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Most of us know how to serve the Individual Home owner/builder but how 'bout Serving the community? I'm talking about using our Trades, skills or even Leadership abilities to make it better for the upcoming Generation.

I'm a rooky Contractor and I'm not speaking from much experience as far as 'community service' but I'm hoping to spark a conversation and hear some good stories or maybe somebody's brainstorms that haven't "hit the road" yet.

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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Habitat & Senior Center projects....

plus a few neighbors....

fresh bread & pies can convince a guy to do extras..

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Help the elderly with a quick and free service call now and then. You'll feel great for doing it.

I worked on 2 habitat homes, but in both cases the "poor recipients" drove much nicer cars than I could ever afford and were more interested in supervising than the "sweat equity" which is supposed to be required.

For someone wanting to make connections though, Habitat is the way to go in order to meet really good contractors.
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Help the elderly with a quick and free service call now and then. You'll feel great for doing it.

I worked on 2 habitat homes, but in both cases the "poor recipients" drove much nicer cars than I could ever afford and were more interested in supervising than the "sweat equity" which is supposed to be required.

For someone wanting to make connections though, Habitat is the way to go in order to meet really good contractors.
Habitat is great PR....

But the Senior Center & neighbor stuff, although doesn't pay the bills, is VERY rewarding...
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my uncle says never practic a payin trade for free if you wan give to charity do somethin not related to yor profesion he donates to many things but will not do profesional wrk for free las year he bougt a used bus for boy scouts
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I coach legion baseball and am thinking now that my youngest is getting at that age, time to switch to softball. Girls seem to take things a little more seriously than hormone raging teenage boys who think a good time is giving wedgies.
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I've done Habitat for Humanity. It's a great experience because not only do we get to use our trade, but you truly help people and hear their experiences. I went to Louisiana in 2006 to build houses after Hurricane Katrina and you truly touch lives and get to use your talents to help out other. That's what I would highly suggest.
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Ive been a volunteer fire fighter for 6 years, have done several rehabs as a part of that. My grandmother in law keeps me in contact with all the needy widows in the area with leaky roofs and doors that wont close.

The most rewarding and humbling for me has been two Wounded Warrior showers and ramps. One was 3 hours away, never felt more obliged to donate labor and materials to a cause
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My community service work comes in the form of mentoring and training anyone who wants to learn a trade. I've worked with everyone from high school dropouts to guys in their mid 20's to give them an opportunity to learn a marketable skill, or at least an opportunity to learn whether or not they want to work with their hands.

Some of these guys consider themselves to be above doing manual labor which is OK as far as I'm concerned. But then it teaches them that if they want to be a paper-pusher with a nameplate on their desk, then they best get back into those books and graduate with a degree.
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Christmas in april through habitat is a great program we do every year.

I also am very kind to the elderly in public as a general rule. I hold doors, pick up droped change, and offer random compliments at no charge .
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they required me to do 80 hours a couple times.
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Im with Warner on this one. Man I hate painting curbs.
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My wife asked me if we won the lottery if I would keep working. I told her I would work on finding a bass boat and fish every day. She told me that I would get bored just fishing all the time and I have to admit she is probably right. Like I told her, there are a lot of great charities out there looking for volunteers and money and wouldn't it be great to be wealthy and have a lot of time to help. Don't get me wrong I do the occasional freebie or give a discount for people depending on their situation but it would be great to be able to do more. I have a retired friend who goes with the red cross to disaster areas. He has to be able to commit for 2 weeks at a time to do that but he can see the effect.
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I got sentenced to community service once.

No, twice.

Never mind.
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I do most of my community work through my church. And it's always for members or people who have gone there for a decent amount of time.

Last year we replaced a roof on a garage, helped two widows with projects to get their houses on the market, and a few other smaller projects. This year we replaced a toilet that had sunk into the floor an inch and a half and leveled the floor, not much else on the horizon.

I would love to help on an HfH home.
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I build handicap ramps for the neighborhood homeless shelter in the winter. Also I help out with repairs at a local women with children shelter. One year our city had hundreds of volunteers completely make over a whole city street in one day I had the honors of being the team captain. I had all the city officials on my team including the mayor. It was really amazing to watch a whole street with about thirty homes get cleaned up, painted on the outside and landscaped all in one day. They had a DJ with lots of burgers and dogs. We worked our asses off but it was a lot of fun.
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Most of us know how to serve the Individual Home owner/builder but how 'bout Serving the community? I'm talking about using our Trades, skills or even Leadership abilities to make it better for the upcoming Generation.

I'm a rooky Contractor and I'm not speaking from much experience as far as 'community service' but I'm hoping to spark a conversation and hear some good stories or maybe somebody's brainstorms that haven't "hit the road" yet.

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when I was much younger I did a good bit of work with HFH over several years`.
Initially, I was quite gungho about it-but over time I became much less enthusiastic about it and stopped that particular volunteer activity.

The incredible,vicious, behind the scenes politicking and in-fighting among board members

the completely impractical work methods and scheduling( for example---- no one shows up untill 9:00 AM to work-THEN they have multiple prayer services through out the day!- shingles delivered and stacked INSIDE the house---the locked house BTW- no one besides me on site fit enough to carry shingles out of the house and up to the roof---all which could have been avoided with FREE roof top delivery etc.

And, the client families which mostly leaned on brooms while WE sweated like pigs-and who never took responsibility for the valuable property they were getting-years later they STILL expected HFH to do routine maintenance etc.

I coached Baseball and Basketball for years and years-enjoyed that

volunteered at a food bank- got satisfaction out of that.

I put my wife through college so she could become a teacher- she teaches in a small local private school at about 40% of what she would earn in a public school so,effectively we "donate" about $40,000 a year in her "earnings".

Now-a-days I prefer to put my professional efforts into EARNING.--we write a lot of checks to causes we support and feel we can help with, but I am no longer interested in giving my work away.

My suggestion would be to become active in a cause you care about-------if that changes over time, that's OK--- look for something else you have a passion for- there are an endless number of things to get involved with if you feel the need to contribute-and an endless number of ways to help out,
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Nope. No one is appreciative enough to make it worth it.

Instead I spend time with my family.
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I always move out of the way for ambulaces and fire trucks,that's about the extent of my community service!

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