"I’ve done a lot of volunteering throughout my life. Habitat is especially rewarding because it’s not ‘just’ a handout, it’s a hand up. We help people improve their lives and become better.
Habitat is the right thing to do. Studies show that a better place to live, a home, leads to a better life. Families are more successful. Kids are more successful. I see this in action with Habitat," says Todd Hansen.
"I spend my time working on Home Repair Projects. I really enjoy being the problem solver. I help people get to the root cause of their home maintenance issue and then fix it. Every job is different. Every person is different. If you need help, I can do it. I pull Habitat resources and experts to give people a better home. I grew up learning construction skills and continue to learn new ones. And now, I get to use them to give back to others.
Apply early and often for Home Repair. A house takes work to maintain. I see a lot of people who can’t or don’t know how to keep up the basics. Sometimes little things just keep getting worse. Contractors are all busy. You have to be persistent. You need to leverage every resource you can. If you can afford a contractor, you don’t need Habitat Home Repair. But if you can’t, Habitat is a resource you should leverage.
Habitat Home Repair needs you! We reduce the costs of project with volunteer labor. We need to hire licensed electrical and plumbing contractors when required. If we had volunteers with these skills, it would have a huge impact. The project and the schedule can vary based on individual availability. It might just be a few hours a week or it could be more. You can make a difference.
I can make their day better! Working with Habitat has really opened my eyes I have a great appreciation for my experience. I don’t take problem solving or my skill set for granted any more. I see what many people in Door County have to tolerate or live with because they don’t have the training or the resources to maintain their home. There are so many basic needs in Door County that are not filled. When Habitat Home Repair gets involved, I walk away from a project knowing that things are much better than before I came in. Improving a person’s mobility, safety, and health keeps me going. I can make their day better!"
– Todd Hansen - Habitat Volunteer,
Home Repair Project Leader
Thanks to Todd for sharing his skills and making Door County a better place to live.
"Home Repair and Home Deconstructs are a great way to start volunteering. If you are new to the area, it’s a great way to meet people. We help you improve or develop new construction and repair skills. You don’t need to come with any specialized skills. We have experts in the volunteer base who can help you when needed. Projects might be any day of the week so we adapt to volunteer availability. It could just take a few hours or a few days. You can help people in need. It’s very satisfying to help dozens of families every year stay in their home safely. It feels great to have this kind of impact."
– Gary Wemmert - Habitat Volunteer,
Home Repair Project Leader and Board Member