148th Members Help Build Home and Community
Posted at: 10/05/2013 4:30 PM
| Updated at: 10/05/2013 6:13 PM
By: Travis Dill
A handful of 148th Fighter Wing members helped Habitat for Humanity in Superior on Saturday. They said a little sweat will put a family into an affordable home.
The wind and rain on Saturday pushed work indoors at Habitat for Humanity, and Information Technology Specialist Nathan Lotts was modest about working up a sweat.
“Being afforded the opportunity to come and volunteer doing something that I actually enjoy, you know, it's not really work,” Lotts said.
However, he did brag that the Bulldogs could quickly paint their way through a large stack of siding.
“I think all of the qualities of being a Bulldog come in handy here, perfection, dedication, punctuality. You know, we're all here on time this morning ready to get started and there's a job at hand so let's make it happen,” Lotts said.
Daryl Yankee is the executive director at Habitat for Humanity in Superior. He said every panel painted and board sawed helps get a family through the home's front door.
“We sell the homes at the price of construction, the cost to us, so we don't add any profit and anytime we get volunteers to come out like the 148th and get materials donated that makes the overall sales price affordable for a working family,” Yankee said.
This is the second year the Bulldogs are helping out, and Tech Sergeant Ryan Ostrofsky is the man that got it started. He said volunteering with Habitat of Humanity is just an extension of their service here on the homefront.
He takes pride in helping the families in need. “That's really the icing on the cake when you get to see the smiles on their face and know that your activities are going to help the community,” Ostrofsky said.
He said the real goal is to draw some attention to Habitat for Humanity.
“More importantly though we're getting members of the community out here seeing what Habitat is, learning from Habitat, and hopefully they're going to come out here and volunteer on their own time,” Ostrofsky said.
The service members build a shed for the home's back yard and finished preparing some siding on Saturday.
The Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers, and leaders said information about various opportunities can be found here on their website.