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post #1 of 8 Old 11-09-2014, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do you volunteer?

When I retired 18 years ago, I hooked up with my local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. I have spent many hours building houses, in the process making some good friends and learning some skills.

Because of my advanced age (I was 62 when I retired, so you can figure it out), I am somewhat limited to what I can physically do. But I transitioned into tool repair. With 2 construction sites and 38 houses being built, you can imagine the number of tools which get broken!

This has been a very rewarding experience. Think about sharing your skills and helping your community.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-09-2014, 08:09 PM
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I have volunteered twice in Mexico to build basic housing for less fortunate folks. That was years ago.
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All my working life in construction I've thrown in for free on build projects for those needing help.
I've built numerous additions over the years. Even today (just turned 60) I have an addition I'll help a local person/friend frame up his 600ft addition and I just got done helping on a outbuilding that is 40' x 70'.
These are not with any formal organization or my church. They are/were on my own.
I don't expect much in return, and the rule of thumb I've found is I might get 20% of my time replaced with others helping me. But it's not about that. It's about helping others and making friends in the process.

What I have to watch out for is to not do to much and short my own family and projects in the process.
I'm restoring an old farmhouse for myself and 2 individuals have come out to help. One helping in the wiring and another helping in excavation.

Being self employed doesn't leave much time for many of the things I would like to do.
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Well, I would if it were framing and I wasn't under too much pressure to be fast.
I love framing houses and I would work for free just to be able to do it, but my body is pretty broken down with severed tendons in my shoulder and bad knees so I can only dream of the good old days when I was pretty good at it.

Iím a die hard DIY guy. Donít tell me to hire someone for what I can do myself.
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I did volunteer twice for H for H.
Both times the owner sat on his ass as we worked. Then I had the opportunity to go back to one house a year later, lets just say that was the last time I helped on one.
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For the past 3 years, I have participated at my church's mission trip to Appalachian Outreach (AO ( in Jefferson City, TN.

AO arranges for various home repairs for residents in or near Jefferson City by numerous churches.

The photos below are from the bathroom remodel in 2013.


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I have participated in a middle school mentoring program where an 8th grader would come to my shop each week to learn how to use tools and design and build a project. I currently volunteer at the local wildlife rehab center, primarily on the maintenance and repair crew which puts many of my skills to work, ranging from fixing broken door knobs, to designing and building new pens (16' x 32' waterfowl cage; a 30' x 60' flight cage; and a 30' x 30' flight cage) to replacing burnt out light bulbs. Oh, and also tree climbing to renest baby birds, mainly great horned owlets.
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Although I'm currently active-duty Navy (Never Again Volunteer Yourself! LOL!!), I've had the opportunity to visit the equivalent of the Kuwait Humane Society (K's Path) for a day of human to critter contact--to help the animals stay accustomed to human interaction, and I spent a whole day volunteering at on of 4 Kuwait hospitals for terminally ill children. One never realizes how good you have it, until you see what others will never have.

Once I get home, I plan on volunteering my time to make urns and caskets for "Garden of Innocence" ( ), and I will go back to volunteering with the Navy Club and with the VFW.

Turning good wood into designer firewood on a daily basis.....

I never plan my days. "Premeditated" is a word Lawyers love to toss around in courtrooms.
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