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How lunch with friends lead to a great experience to help others.

by Mark Terranova

How lunch with friends lead to a great experience to help others.

by Mark Terranova

How lunch with friends lead to a great experience to help others.

by Mark Terranova

While having lunch with two friends, John and Matt, in the summer of 2018, we began to talk about our upcoming birthdays (all within months of each other) and what we could do together. Spending time with family and friends and traveling were definitely discussed. Then John had the idea to volunteer somewhere to help others in need and volunteer our time. That was it! We all agreed, and so our journey began…

 

We’re Ready

Our discussions continued and revolved around that fact that we each enjoy building/construction and working with our hands (mainly from all the home projects we’ve worked on other over the years – decks, finished basements, porches, flooring, roofing, etc.). So, we focused on using our skills and began to search locally and abroad for organizations that could benefit from our time and homeowner skills. However, it was not as easy to find upcoming projects as we thought. So, we continued our research into various organizations to see where we could help.

It was around the time of the devastating fires in California that I had the idea to find an organization to help people who lost their homes to the fires. Unfortunately, I did not find organizations that were in need of volunteers. But it got me thinking… if I could find an organization that focuses on disaster relief, this could be how we could help. So, I started researching disaster relief organizations.

 

We’re Set

One of the first organizations I found was All Hands and Hearts (AHAH). The more I learned, the more confident I became. When I shared the information with my friends and they learned more, we knew this was it. I contacted All Hands and Hearts to see where they would have to most need in April 2019 and together we chose to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The organization was still in the midst of clean-up and rebuilding several homes. Signup was easy and throughout the months ahead we were given periodic project updates for the community we would be helping.

 

Here We Go

So, in April 2019, we set off for our week with AHAH. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and volunteers who invited us to join them for a communal dinner. We were then given an overview of the projects, what we would be doing, and a tour of the base camp. Afterward, we settled into our new accommodations eager to start working the following day.

We were fortunate to have good timing on our first day as AHAH was celebrating a “hand-off” of a home they had been working on for quite some time. A “hand-off” is special as it brings the volunteers, organization, and homeowner together in celebration of completing the scope of work for AHAH so the homeowner can then have the next organization come in to complete the finish work. We learned that many wonderful groups come together to do their part to make the home clean, safe, structurally sound, and comfortable for the homeowner once again.

Our first two days of work were assigned to Sophie’s team to continue the “muck and gut” of a home that had received severe water damage from the hurricane where we continued the efforts started by the previous week’s crew. After she explained our task, we shared some safety tips, stretched, and got to work. Who would have thought removing sheetrock, insulation, and clearing nails from wood studs for mold removal could make you feel so good? Each day we were exhausted, yet exhilarated, and headed back to base camp to shower and enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by fellow volunteers – all of which were amazing!

While having lunch with two friends, John and Matt, in the summer of 2018, we began to talk about our upcoming birthdays (all within months of each other) and what we could do together. Spending time with family and friends and traveling were definitely discussed. Then John had the idea to volunteer somewhere to help others in need and volunteer our time. That was it! We all agreed, and so our journey began…

 

We’re Ready

Our discussions continued and revolved around that fact that we each enjoy building/construction and working with our hands (mainly from all the home projects we’ve worked on other over the years – decks, finished basements, porches, flooring, roofing, etc.). So, we focused on using our skills and began to search locally and abroad for organizations that could benefit from our time and homeowner skills. However, it was not as easy to find upcoming projects as we thought. So, we continued our research into various organizations to see where we could help.

It was around the time of the devastating fires in California that I had the idea to find an organization to help people who lost their homes to the fires. Unfortunately, I did not find organizations that were in need of volunteers. But it got me thinking… if I could find an organization that focuses on disaster relief, this could be how we could help. So, I started researching disaster relief organizations.

 

We’re Set

One of the first organizations I found was All Hands and Hearts (AHAH). The more I learned, the more confident I became. When I shared the information with my friends and they learned more, we knew this was it. I contacted All Hands and Hearts to see where they would have to most need in April 2019 and together we chose to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The organization was still in the midst of clean-up and rebuilding several homes. Signup was easy and throughout the months ahead we were given periodic project updates for the community we would be helping.

 

Here We Go

So, in April 2019, we set off for our week with AHAH. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and volunteers who invited us to join them for a communal dinner. We were then given an overview of the projects, what we would be doing, and a tour of the base camp. Afterward, we settled into our new accommodations eager to start working the following day.

We were fortunate to have good timing on our first day as AHAH was celebrating a “hand-off” of a home they had been working on for quite some time. A “hand-off” is special as it brings the volunteers, organization, and homeowner together in celebration of completing the scope of work for AHAH so the homeowner can then have the next organization come in to complete the finish work. We learned that many wonderful groups come together to do their part to make the home clean, safe, structurally sound, and comfortable for the homeowner once again.

Our first two days of work were assigned to Sophie’s team to continue the “muck and gut” of a home that had received severe water damage from the hurricane where we continued the efforts started by the previous week’s crew. After the she explained our task, we shared some safety tips, stretched, and got to work. Who would have thought removing sheetrock, insulation, and clearing nails from wood studs for mold removal could make you feel so good? Each day we were exhausted, yet exhilarated, and headed back to base camp to shower and enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by fellow volunteers – all of which were amazing!

While having lunch with two friends, John and Matt, in the summer of 2018, we began to talk about our upcoming birthdays (all within months of each other) and what we could do together. Spending time with family and friends and traveling were definitely discussed. Then John had the idea to volunteer somewhere to help others in need and volunteer our time. That was it! We all agreed, and so our journey began…

 

We’re Ready

Our discussions continued and revolved around that fact that we each enjoy building/construction and working with our hands (mainly from all the home projects we’ve worked on other over the years – decks, finished basements, porches, flooring, roofing, etc.). So, we focused on using our skills and began to search locally and abroad for organizations that could benefit from our time and homeowner skills. However, it was not as easy to find upcoming projects as we thought. So, we continued our research into various organizations to see where we could help.

It was around the time of the devastating fires in California that I had the idea to find an organization to help people who lost their homes to the fires. Unfortunately, I did not find organizations that were in need of volunteers. But it got me thinking… if I could find an organization that focuses on disaster relief, this could be how we could help. So, I started researching disaster relief organizations.

 

We’re Set

One of the first organizations I found was All Hands and Hearts (AHAH). The more I learned, the more confident I became. When I shared the information with my friends and they learned more, we knew this was it. I contacted All Hands and Hearts to see where they would have to most need in April 2019 and together we chose to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The organization was still in the midst of clean-up and rebuilding several homes. Signup was easy and throughout the months ahead we were given periodic project updates for the community we would be helping.

 

Here We Go

So, in April 2019, we set off for our week with AHAH. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and volunteers who invited us to join them for a communal dinner. We were then given an overview of the projects, what we would be doing, and a tour of the base camp. Afterward, we settled into our new accommodations eager to start working the following day.

We were fortunate to have good timing on our first day as AHAH was celebrating a “hand-off” of a home they had been working on for quite some time. A “hand-off” is special as it brings the volunteers, organization, and homeowner together in celebration of completing the scope of work for AHAH so the homeowner can then have the next organization come in to complete the finish work. We learned that many wonderful groups come together to do their part to make the home clean, safe, structurally sound, and comfortable for the homeowner once again.

Our first two days of work were assigned to Sophie’s team to continue the “muck and gut” of a home that had received severe water damage from the hurricane where we continued the efforts started by the previous week’s crew. After the she explained our task, we shared some safety tips, stretched, and got to work. Who would have thought removing sheetrock, insulation, and clearing nails from wood studs for mold removal could make you feel so good? Each day we were exhausted, yet exhilarated, and headed back to base camp to shower and enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by fellow volunteers – all of which were amazing!

While having lunch with two friends, John and Matt, in the summer of 2018, we began to talk about our upcoming birthdays (all within months of each other) and what we could do together. Spending time with family and friends and traveling were definitely discussed. Then John had the idea to volunteer somewhere to help others in need and volunteer our time. That was it! We all agreed, and so our journey began…

 

We’re Ready

Our discussions continued and revolved around that fact that we each enjoy building/construction and working with our hands (mainly from all the home projects we’ve worked on other over the years – decks, finished basements, porches, flooring, roofing, etc.). So, we focused on using our skills and began to search locally and abroad for organizations that could benefit from our time and homeowner skills. However, it was not as easy to find upcoming projects as we thought. So, we continued our research into various organizations to see where we could help.

It was around the time of the devastating fires in California that I had the idea to find an organization to help people who lost their homes to the fires. Unfortunately, I did not find organizations that were in need of volunteers. But it got me thinking… if I could find an organization that focuses on disaster relief, this could be how we could help. So, I started researching disaster relief organizations.

 

We’re Set

One of the first organizations I found was All Hands and Hearts (AHAH). The more I learned, the more confident I became. When I shared the information with my friends and they learned more, we knew this was it. I contacted All Hands and Hearts to see where they would have to most need in April 2019 and together we chose to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The organization was still in the midst of clean-up and rebuilding several homes. Signup was easy and throughout the months ahead we were given periodic project updates for the community we would be helping.

 

Here We Go

So, in April 2019, we set off for our week with AHAH. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and volunteers who invited us to join them for a communal dinner. We were then given an overview of the projects, what we would be doing, and a tour of the base camp. Afterward, we settled into our new accommodations eager to start working the following day.

We were fortunate to have good timing on our first day as AHAH was celebrating a “hand-off” of a home they had been working on for quite some time. A “hand-off” is special as it brings the volunteers, organization, and homeowner together in celebration of completing the scope of work for AHAH so the homeowner can then have the next organization come in to complete the finish work. We learned that many wonderful groups come together to do their part to make the home clean, safe, structurally sound, and comfortable for the homeowner once again.

Our first two days of work were assigned to Sophie’s team to continue the “muck and gut” of a home that had received severe water damage from the hurricane where we continued the efforts started by the previous week’s crew. After the she explained our task, we shared some safety tips, stretched, and got to work. Who would have thought removing sheetrock, insulation, and clearing nails from wood studs for mold removal could make you feel so good? Each day we were exhausted, yet exhilarated, and headed back to base camp to shower and enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by fellow volunteers – all of which were amazing!

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On the third day, Matt and I were assigned to Josh’s team at a home that had already been gutted, mold removed, and was in the process of being rebuilt. John was assigned to a different home that needed a bathroom demolished, which he eagerly accomplished. His day was topped off by being able to meet the homeowner who was overwhelmed with gratitude. My team was tasked with blocking the existing kitchen floor joists for stability and removing any existing subfloor that was rotten. A vapor barrier was installed in the crawl space below the floor to help prevent moisture from entering the structure. Now, it was ready for tomorrow’s team to install the new subfloor. Back to base camp we went to clean up and enjoy another fantastic meal with others that were quickly becoming great friends. 

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Our last two days were spent on Heather’s team rebuilding another home. New exterior wall insulation had to be finished, electrical outlets were moved four feet above the floor (in case of future flooding), and a new wall was framed in the bathroom for the new shower pan. On our final day of work, we were able to start installing the sheetrock!

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I can’t wait to see the results of each project we had a small part in, helping these deserving people to get back into their homes.

 

Not the End

We met so many great people from around the country, including the UK. Many had volunteered with AHAH before, some were newbies (like us), but we all had a common desire to help others. Each evening was spent sharing stories from our day, our personal lives, relaxing, and playing games for entertainment. It was great to learn, share, and laugh with everyone after a hard day’s work.

This was such a wonderful experience on so many levels, that it has inspired me, John, and Matt to make this an annual event. I hope this experience will inspire others through AHAH or another organization to volunteer and help others. As one of the volunteers said on our last day – doing this helps restore your faith in humanity. I can’t think of a better way to say what this experience has provided and inspired me to continue doing more for others.

 

> Learn more about All Hands and Hearts

I can’t wait to see the results of each project we had a small part in, helping these deserving people to get back into their homes.

 

Not the End

We met so many great people from around the country, including the UK. Many had volunteered with AHAH before, some were newbies (like us), but we all had a common desire to help others. Each evening was spent sharing stories from our day, our personal lives, relaxing, and playing games for entertainment. It was great to learn, share, and laugh with everyone after a hard day’s work.

This was such a wonderful experience on so many levels, that it has inspired John, Matt and I to make this an annual event. I hope this experience will inspire others through AHAH or another organization to volunteer and help others. As one of the volunteers said on our last day – doing this helps restore your faith in humanity. I can’t think of a better way to say what this experience has provided and inspired me to continue doing more for others.

 

> Learn more about All Hands and Hearts

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About Mark Terranova
I’ve been a creative professional for more than 20 years, where I've enjoyed developing long-term relationships with clients and helping them grow their organizations. My goal is to develop brands and marketing with purpose, allowing organizations to clearly communicate their unique value to their audience and pursue their goals. 

 

Contact Mark             About Neue Studios

 

About Mark Terranova
I’ve been a creative professional for more than 20 years, where I've enjoyed developing long-term relationships with clients and helping them grow their organizations. My goal is to develop brands and marketing with purpose, allowing organizations to clearly communicate their unique value to their audience and pursue their goals. 

 

Contact Mark             About Neue Studios

 

About Mark Terranova
I’ve been a creative professional for more than 20 years, where I've enjoyed developing long-term relationships with clients and helping them grow their organizations. My goal is to develop brands and marketing with purpose, allowing organizations to clearly communicate their unique value to their audience and pursue their goals. 

  

Contact Mark             About Neue Studios

 

About Mark Terranova
I’ve been a creative professional for more than 20 years, where I've enjoyed developing long-term relationships with clients and helping them grow their organizations. My goal is to develop brands and marketing with purpose, allowing organizations to clearly communicate their unique value to their audience and pursue their goals. 

Contact Mark             About Neue Studios

 

About Mark Terranova
I’ve been a creative professional for more than 20 years, where I've enjoyed developing long-term relationships with clients and helping them grow their organizations. My goal is to develop brands and marketing with purpose, allowing organizations to clearly communicate their unique value to their audience and pursue their goals. 

 

Contact Mark             About Neue Studios

 

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