Friday, November 9, 2012

All the shingle ladies!

One thing I truly love about working for my company is our involvement in our local community.

From St. Pete Pride to the Komen 3-Day Walk, I've been able to participate in some really neat events supporting causes that I am very passionate about - and have it backed by my company!

Today I was able to volunteer with my workgroup for Habitat for Humanity!

Who is Habitat for Humanity? -> "We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds."

Our job we signed up for: Painting - right up my alley! ... while I knew construction peeps were not keen on the artistic painting I was okay with sticking to the rules of the house.

Taking about an hour to get to the job site, we arrived around 8am ready to get to work on not one but 3 houses! AND we weren't just painting, we were in for a lesson in "newbie construction 101."

Some of my co-workers got to work on paint touch-up on the outside of the house, while others were caulking (get your minds out of the gutter! lol), roofing, and cleaning up cement on the slabs that were just laid out.

I made sure to bring snack artillery 

My co-workers found some Goof-off, because it's our favorite pass time!

Right before lunch, one of my peers coaxed me into getting on the roof: "If you go up there, I'll go up there!" and of course I was all in. That was until she'd had enough of the heights and I quickly saw her behind the house now touching up paint on the exterior. What happened to teamwork?! I helped nail in shingles, once I knew what I was doing and got the majority of my area done, and then stepped down to let the boys handle the dirty work.



Aside from the major need for a manicure now, I had a blast! I learned a ton about how to put a house together, how the program works (i.e. the homeowners have to be pre-approved before a home is built, they also have to put in over 100 hours of service on another home and on their own before being approved!) and was able to help put work into something that these families were extra appreciative of and would be thankful for in the years to come.

We headed back home, stopping to pick up a part of my Pretty Muddy outfit for tomorrow, and here I sit...ready to relax after a hard day's work!
Yes, tomorrow is the day! My FIRST EVER mud run! (remember, I'm frolicking)
The outfit is set..and I am ready for the fun, muddy, festivities! Tomorrow's post will be a dirty one...just sayin' ;)

What did Friday bring to you today? I wanna know!

xo, Kat

16 comments:

  1. Look at you up on that roof! What a rock star! I am afraid of heights, so no way would I go up there. All joking aside, though, hubby's company did a day back in February to help out Habitat For Humanity and I joined them. Definitely a great feeling to help. The day we were there, the soon-to-be homeowner was there and she was just so excited. Really a great thing. Awesome you got to take part in it!

    See you tomorrow when we get muddy!

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  2. ...a dirty one... HAHA You're so witty!

    I wish my place of employment would sign up for these kind of things during "work hours". It's always volunteer on the 1 day week you might have off :)

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  3. I'm so excited for your mud run! Maybe hold off on the manicure for now? :-P

    Habitat for Humanity sounds fantastic. I've heard of them before, and it seems like such a great way to get involved and see a practical outcome. Happy weekend Kat!

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  4. Have an awesome race tomorrow!

    Great way to get involved my friend xo

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  5. Way to volunteer, Kat! Hanging out on the roof looks like fun. ;) Have a blast tomorrow--can't wait to hear about it!

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  6. What an awesome experience! I love Habitat for Humanity- I volunteered for them a few times in college, and they're such a great organization. Good luck on your muddy run!

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  7. That's great progressive gets involved in these events! You look stunning with that hammer by the way! ; )

    See you tomorrow at Pretty Muddy! Im nervous hahaha

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  8. So awesome that you get to volunteer through work! Good luck tomorrow at Pretty Muddy, I am sure you will have lots of fun!!

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    1. Thank you, recap is up of the awesome day!

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  9. good for you for doing this, I love volunteering where it is hands on work

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  10. You look like a natural up on the roof! :)

    Have a dirty fun time tomorrow!

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  11. How amazing that you volunteered with Habitat. I think it would be really fun to do.
    Although I am terrified of heights so I could not be a shingle lady.

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  12. i love habitat, and i love volunteering for all types of stuff like that! so proud of you! there would be a habitat trip each year when i was in college! always soo much fun! my friday was great. i went to a concert with a few girlfriends from highshool that i hadnt seen forevs!have a great day, beautiful!

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