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The gift of time

Imagine in the distant future a world in which the global sentiment is “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Sounds far-fetched doesn’t it? The future is now.

Mary Shepherd

The above is the vision statement for Habitat for Humanity and since 1976 the vision has come to fruition in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. You’re thinking, “what does this have to do with me?” — everything.

Farmville Area Habitat has a new name, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity, a new location at 1512 S. Main St., and good things are happening in the five counties we serve. Currently there are two homes under construction — one in Cumberland and one in Dillwyn.

Truth be told, we need help. We need volunteers. We need you. Whatever your skill level, we need you. A typical day on a build would be 4-5 hours and that time will make a difference and has value to the family who hopes to be in their new home for the holidays.

What’s in it for you? The warm feeling of helping someone obtain their decent place to live. Oh, and we promise you this, you will feel good about you and who can’t use a little of that? In this season of giving we ask you to give the gift of your time. Pick up the phone and call me, Mary Shepherd, volunteer coordinator at (434) 394-3001, ext. 600. You will be glad you did.

MARY SHEPHERD is the volunteer coordinator and office manager for Piedmont Habitat for Humanity working in the Farmville Office. She can be reached via email at mary@piedmonthabitat.org.