Southwest Key Volunteers Give Back

February 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Here at Southwest Key Programs we strive everyday to fulfill the mission of our organization.  We’re also encouraged to involve ourselves in volunteer and community work outside of our “day-jobs.”

Here’s a post written by an employee, Marjorie on a recent service project we undertook with Habitat for Humanity right here in Austin.

“This past Saturday a group of Southwest Key employees had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.  It was a cool, drizzly morning when we showed up at the site in South Austin.  After a brief safety training – and after we handed in our liability waivers – the corps of experienced homebuilding volunteers divvied up our group.  No prior construction experience needed, we were told, and I for one fit that description perfectly.  I worked with the other Marjorie of Southwest Key – yes, we have two – under Dave, a friendly and moderately crusty regular volunteer, who explained the house was being built in “board and batten” style and our task was to measure, cut and nail on the battens that sealed the seams between wallboards.

He showed us how to use the electric saw and a nail gun (casually mentioning that occasionally the nails ricochet and have been known to lodge…well, you get the idea) and we set to work.  The house also needed “soffit” (thank you other Marjorie for knowing what that was) which basically means filling in the space under the eaves with many hundreds of sections of perforated vinyl.  The worst job had to be standing at the top of a ladder, arms raised overhead and neck strained back as you wrangled a balky piece of soffit into an unyielding set of plastic grooves.

At day’s end, site supervisor Bree told us we had gotten a lot done, and whether that was true or not, it was nice to hear after a day of somewhat arduous manual labor.  While I was happy to head home for a hot bath, I have to say that it was a fun day with a great group of coworkers, and that it was satisfying to know we’d made a concrete contribution toward building a house that a family would soon be able to call home.”    For more photos follow this link.

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