Get Your Hands Dirty

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Lansing area women aren’t afraid to get a little dirty when it comes to volunteering. A group of 15 women certainly put their backs into it Saturday, April 30 to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s fourth annual Women Build week, sponsored by Lowe’s. The volunteers swung hammers, lugged lumber and helped out in any way they could, building walls for a new South Lansing home. The finished construction will be a 1,700-square-foot, six-bedroom home for a family of 12. “The family was chosen based on need,” said volunteer Joyce Grinczel, “They have to be able to repay the low-interest loan, as well as give back in volunteer hours, either on their home or someone else’s.” That’s exactly why Theresa Rinker was there to help out. A single mother of two, Rinker had always lived in sub-standard apartments, until she became part of the Habitat program. Now she has a beautiful home of her own, and participated in the Women Build day as part of her required volunteer hours. Six women from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce participated in the build, as well. Member Dena Vatalaro, development director for Habitat for Humanity Lansing, approached the Chamber and asked if anyone was interested. “We jumped on the opportunity,” said Chamber director of membership development, Cindy Eiseler. At Motion Marketing & Media (M3), we’re always on the lookout for new ways to give back to our community like the Women Build event. It’s amazing to see how willing people can be to perform a bit of physical labor. Take Step Up Greater Lansing, for example. The one-day challenge spanned 18 locations across the region to promote pride and encourage sweat equity; the more work we put into making Greater Lansing a better place to live, the more connected we feel to our community. The M3 crew divided up into two teams Saturday, May 14 to tackle the clean-up efforts. They put in an afternoon of cleaning up the drain and surrounding areas along the Northern Tier Trails and installed paths at the Victory Gardens in St. Johns. Tiring work, but so very rewarding. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty this summer, check out some local opportunities in our events section on page 28. Visit www.habitatlansing.org to learn more about Women Build and to register for their upcoming Bike to Build event. It may be a long, sweaty day of work, but by the end of it, trust me — you’ll feel great.
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Tags: Habitat for Humanity, Step Up Lansing, Volunteer work