We're grateful for so many things every day but this time of year always gets us reflecting on what we're thankful for here at Sumter Habitat for Humanity. One of the things we are so thankful for is our dedicated #volunteers! We'd like you to meet a volunteer of ours who has been dedicated to helping Habitat for Humanity for over five years both on the construction site and in the ReStore!
Between work, flipping houses, graduate school, and travel, Nathan is a busy guy. But his hectic schedule doesn't distract him from the important things in this life--giving back to those in need in his community.
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Tell us a little about yourself:
"I was born and raised in northeastern PA and moved to Sumter in 2013. Along with working my 9-5, I'm also completing my graduate degree and try to travel as much as possible."
What are some of your hobbies?
"I enjoy traveling and attending live events. I currently promote combat sports, food festivals and outdoor music events. In my free time, I head to the beach or the cabin to get away and just relax."
What does HOME mean to you?
"Growing up, home was synonymous with family. It was the safe place I laid my head every night. I understood at a young age that I was fortunate to just have a place to call home, despite my mom having to work two jobs to keep a roof over our heads."
How did you become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
"I have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for over 5 years. Friends of mine in NC introduced me to it. Since moving here, I have spent more time helping at the ReStore, but I still try to get out to the construction sites when possible."
Why Sumter Habitat for Humanity? What keeps you coming back as a volunteer?
"I think home ownership is one of the greatest things in the world and meeting individuals that tell me they only know the feeling because of Habitat for Humanity is what keeps me coming back to help."
What is it like to be a volunteer for Sumter Habitat? Any advice for those looking to volunteer?
"I enjoy every weekend that I get to show up and help out. It may not seem like we always do much until you look at the big picture. The money generated at the ReStore helps provide the funding to those receiving a home. Since I cannot afford to purchase someone a home, this is the next best thing I can do. I suggest for anyone, that is looking for a way to give back, take a day and volunteer at the work site or ReStore. See what these other volunteers are doing. Then, decide if a few hours of your time, maybe a week or month, is worth the benefit that Habitat for Humanity provides. There are jobs of all sizes from labor to cleaning, so all help is needed."
Thank you Nathan! We love you and appreciate all of your hard work!
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