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Building Character

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia is powered by volunteers, and their Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities. Recently, a group of students from Alpharetta volunteered and we asked about their experience.

Varsha Chennam 

Habitat for Humanity gave me an opportunity to become involved in a community that focuses on helping people by providing them with a home. The work that I have done with Habitat was very enjoyable because of the welcoming atmosphere. A lot of the volunteers come from different backgrounds and also different work fields. They provided me with a lot of insight that expands further than just the work Habitat for Humanity does. I am very proud of the work my peers and I contributed because we could see how happy people were with their new homes. The experience gained from working with Habitat is one of a kind. 

Trisha Nandakumar 

I am proud to be a part of such a formidable organization that is Habitat for Humanity. While I may be a new member, the experiences it has given me hold so much significance. From advocating for low-income housing at the GA Capitol to learning the basics of landscaping, I realized how much of an impact I can make on this world as an individual. As women, we are often told that we’re not “strong enough” to do certain things in workplaces, but being in the women-dominated group that is my school’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, I am forever thankful. Not only did I learn about the significant changes I can make as an individual, but also what it means to be a part of a group with amazing young women working towards sparking change and creating beautiful things. 
 

Caroline Wilkins 

Being a part of Habitat for Humanity has been an incredibly fulfilling and heartfelt experience for me. Habitat has given me countless opportunities to work towards creating change and advocating for affordable housing. The highlight of my time with Habitat was undoubtedly Housing Day, where I had the chance to speak out on behalf of those who are victims of our present housing crisis at the Georgia Capitol. Moreover, as the vice president of my school club, Habitat has taught me important leadership skills that I'll carry with me throughout my life. At Habitat’s build days, meeting local families from Alpharetta who have been impacted by our work is an incredibly moving experience, and it motivates me to continue to give back. Each weed I pull, each wall I paint, and each nail I hammer has been a small step in changing someone's life. The work Habitat does is truly remarkable, and I am beyond proud to be a part of this life-changing organization.

Archana Pateria 

Creating a safe space for women is so important, and Habitat for Humanity strives to do just that with their women-led projects. Not only are the projects and fundraisers empowering for those participating, but also the end result with affordable housing and seminars gives people a new start and a great foundation. Being a part of such a cause is fulfilling, within and without! It feels amazing to be able to connect with women for the same cause, and working for the fundraisers and the projects creates a special bond and atmosphere.

 As an organization, Habitat for Humanity values their volunteers’ time a lot and makes their work feel valued, which helps retain regular volunteers. I appreciate Habitat for Humanity for all of the opportunities and support!

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