I'd like to thank all the volunteers who gave a day to help us build hope, lives and communities in honor of Martin Luther King day. And thanks to Lana Peterson for sharing this post with us.
|Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente Downey|
This past weekend more than 50 Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center employees and doctors traded in their stethoscopes for shovels and hammers at two home sites in Lynwood to celebrate and perpetuate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many of the Kaiser Permanente Downey volunteers had no experience in refurbishing homes however, that didn’t stop them. With the help of the Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff, soon, they were ripping up roof tiles, laying a foundation for an room addition, building a cinder block wall and nailing in rafters and floorboards.
When everyone gathered together for a much-deserved lunch, there was great camaraderie and conversation about the progress so far. And after a heartfelt and emotional program, the volunteers rallied to finish the day at their respective sites.
At the end of the day, much progress had been made at both sites. Even though the Kaiser Permanente Downey volunteers were tired, they all paused to reflect on the day.
Some of the volunteers shared their thoughts with us:
What I enjoyed most about the Habitat build was being able come together with other like-minded people at Kaiser Permanente Downey and work on a home for a great cause. After a long day of work, it was very gratifying to go home knowing that a family is one step closer to having a place they can call home. - Kelly Kim
It’s awesome to see people you work with, at different levels, come together and work side by side to help improve the community. - Shawn Pascale
The best part of the weekend was that no matter what skill level you may have, whether it was in carpentry, construction or demolition, everyone’s hard work and determination to do their best was all going towards a great cause. At the end of the day, we were all able to walk away not only with new skill sets, but also with a sense of pride knowing that it will benefit someone like Laura. - Marissa Tachavit-Kim
You can see more photos from the build day here.