This week, our team volunteered with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM). We wanted to share with you more on our experience.
First off, what is WARM? WARM, Inc. organizes volunteers and raises funds to complete safety-related urgent home repairs and accessibility upgrades for low-income homeowners in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties.
The activities may vary from project to project, but our team worked on a roof support replacement project – which was one small piece to the many things being done on this particular home. When it is all said and done, the flooring and the roof would be replaced on this particular project. There will be a handful of groups that come through to complete the task.
Just to give you an idea of the conditions, the homeowner was already on the list to have repairs done, but before the task could be completed, this homeowner's roof blew off in the last storm we had. Can you imagine what that would be like? Most of us cannot. If you have any compassion at all, seeing this will make you want to help even more. It certainly pulls on your heartstrings to say the least.
Why is this type of volunteering good for your team? It encourages team work. We had a few on ladders with drills, others were outside cutting out the boards that were being used, one was moving furniture to one room to another, etc. All of these tasks were important in getting the overall job done.
Can you or your team volunteer? Absolutely. WARM is always looking for volunteers to help out on projects.
What if you have no skills in this area? This is where team work comes in. We helped each other get the job done. Some of us are more handy and/or strong than others. There was also an employee from WARM to give us direction and show us exactly what we needed to do. If you can follow directions, you will be fine.
Volunteering in the community allows us to give back to this wonderful town that we live in. If working on a project like this is not your thing, there are plenty of other opportunities out there with other organizations. We have gone to schools and worked with the children, worked at The Food Bank, etc.
If your heart is calling you to help but you simply do not have time for that, you can always help in other ways. Any of these organizations are always accepting donations.
If you are thinking of volunteering and had questions about it, feel free to reach out to us.