At Sumter Habitat for Humanity we love all of our volunteers! Our Board of Directors serve our Sumter community by long-term service to our partner families. They commit themselves to helping build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in our town. Sumter Habitat's board members are indeed volunteers and we want to highlight them and all of their hard work!
Meet Josh, Chairman of our Sumter Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors! Get to know him by reading why he serves!
Hometown: Ripley, West Virginia
Volunteer as:: Board of Directors
Tell us a little about yourself:
I work with the Agency on Aging, which aids family caregivers. I've been on the board for 2 years, currently working on my 3rd year. My first year I was a member of the Construction Committee, and my second year I served as Chairman. Lived in Nashville before moving to South Carolina. Where there, I worked as a pottery & arts instructor and at a homeless shelter. That is where I discovered my passion for Habitat.
What are some of your hobbies?
I still enjoy pottery very much. I have a 9 month old son so being a dad is fun. I also enjoy being a beekeeper apprentice and completing housing projects on my home.
What does HOME mean to you?
To me, home means stability. Having somewhere to kick off your shoes at the end of the day. It's a place of reliability -- where you receive your mail. It's dependable; your life is based from home.
How did you become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
While living in Nashville, I worked at a homeless shelter and that's where I began to see the dire need for affordable housing. It's also where I found out about Habitat. Working day in and day out with families in need of homes, I began to foster a passion for Habitat for Humanity.
Why Habitat for Humanity? (What keeps you coming back?)
When I first moved to South Carolina, the Sumter community treated my wife and I so well. Everyone was a friend and willing to help. The first few months of living in a new place can be scary, but, because of the Sumter community, my family's first six months were great! Because of this, I feel an overwhelming desire to give back. Also, it's very hands-on. You can see the progress and difference you're making. It's tangible. Working alongside the partner families and with the Habitat family at large, makes me proud to be apart of the team.
What is it like to be a volunteer for Sumter Habitat for Humanity? Any advice for those looking to volunteer?
A word of advice: Come work on the homes! It's an even greater experience to do so during Collegiate Challenge. The energy and determination the students bring to the work site every day is amazing. But don't let that keep you from volunteering now - you don't have to wait unti; spring! You'll fall in love.
Volunteering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity is fulfilling. Working towards our vision of affordable housing for every one is more than satisfying.
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