Week two at New Castle County Habitat for Humanity and the greatly anticipated Lowe's National Women Build Week had arrived! The week was unique in that Lowe's donates funds to any Habitat that hosts a Women Build meeting specific criteria. Lowe’s is compelled to do this because such a large percentage of their customers are women. Raven 1 was assigned the prestigious task of leading groups of women volunteers, which totaled 236 over the five days.
I would be lying if I did not admit this assignment was accompanied by a small level of anxiety amongst our group; it was only our second week with Habitat. Many of us had little to no prior experience with construction or volunteer coordinating. However, our fears were quickly assuaged once the week was in full swing. The Habitat crew managed to be omnipresent on site; always available to lend support or instructions if our team members were in need, but also encouraging us to take the lead as often as possible. This was especially important for me because I have a tendency to take a back seat when learning new things, but with this new level of responsibility and trust, I became much more involved, actively listening to instructions and asking questions, knowing I would soon (within minutes) reteach the information.
|Keiper, Raven 1, Team Leader flexes with volunteers at the New Castle County Habitat for Humanity Women Build Day of Service|
Raven 1 pictured with the First Lady of Delaware, left to right- Maddi, Emily, Andre, Skylar, First Lady Markell, Cassie, Ashley, Michael, Henry and Keiper