We love to highlight our #volunteers because we know how special they truly are. Hilary understands the power of volunteering and she ceases every opportunity to give back. Every month, she organizes a group from Shaw Public Health to help build affordable homes in our Sumter community. There were so many things she could've spent her free time on yet she consistently chooses volunteering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity. We appreciate you and all you do for us and our partner families! A thousand thank you's would never be enough repayment for Hilary's continued support. Get to know her a bit more by reading about #WhySheServes!
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Volunteer as:: Construction
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am an E5 Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. I am currently stationed at Shaw Air Force Base here in Sumter, and I work in the clinic of Public Health. I am also a student at Central Carolina Technical College earning my Associates of Science degree.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy quite a few activites! I love traveling! I want to go back to Ireland; it's such a beautiful country! I also enjoy exercise -- I prefer running. Shopping also makes me very happy as well as reading.
What does HOME mean to you?
I would say people make you feel home as well as your very own personal touches. Designing your home to make it reflect you turns it into your home. I was stationed in Alaska for a year and after that I was assigned to Shaw. Coming to Sumter really reminded me of home back in Louisville because my family and I used to vacation in the South, so Sumter brings back those warm, fond memories. South Carolina's weather was also a welcomed change from Alaska's cold climate.
How did you become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
I first volunteered with Habitat with my husband and his job. They were participating in a Team Build Day so I decided join in! I enjoyed myself on the work site so much I called Theresa soon after and asked could I come back and thankfully she said yes!
Why Habitat for Humanity? (What keeps you coming back?)
Everyone in my flight is already tight, so volunteering at Habitat as a team allows us to become even closer. It's also great for us specifically because we're able to volunteer during the week, so we're able to split the construction day into two shifts, giving everyone a chance to help out, without overworking or tiring out anyone. My flight also has quite a few women, so going out to the construction site and not being held back merely becauseof our sex is so empowering! I remember using the saw for the first time! I was so shocked Mr. Randy chose me to perform that task, but I'm so glad and thankful he did! I gained skills and knowledge I never would have gotten anywhere else.
What is it like to be a volunteer for Sumter Habitat for Humanity? Any advice for those looking to volunteer?
Usually, I'm a shy and quite person, so the fact that I reached out to Habitat inquiring about volunteering is a MAJOR accomplishment for me. For anyone interested, I would tell them to just try! They'll never tell you no, so the opportunity is right there waiting for you to cease it! My ability to plan team builds has made me realize that there are leadership opportunities everywhere... we just have to find them.
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