For the second year in a row, Mambo Media was given the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for Portland’s Habitat for Humanity program. After the great experience we had building last year we were eager to lend our helping hands again, this time at a different location.
On the morning of October 25th, the Mambo team headed for the build site ready to get our hands dirty! After gearing up in our safety attire we were given a rundown of the ten-home community we would be working on.
The community called, Orchards, is located in a quiet neighborhood of South East Portland. The location provides close access to the Max and Trimet, as well as a variety of grocery stores, shopping and health services. The centrally located neighborhood is ideal for families with kids who will love taking advantage of the 50 acres of nearby parks as well as the indoor water park at the East Portland Community Center.
The Orchards’ homes were going to be presented in an opening ceremony to the 10 families the following day, so if there was any time for hustle it was now! Our primary job was to add the finishing touches to the site. This included a variety of tasks: painting floors and walls, fine tuning door frames and floor boards, landscaping and eventually sweeping and cleaning up the lot for presentation.
At the end of the day our once unsoiled clothing was covered in a mixture of paint, dust, sweat and dirt, but the built site itself was a much different scene. Looking around the lot no longer resembled a construction site, but rather a neighborhood of homes that would soon be filled with the love and laughter of ten different families. It was easy to imagine the excitement the homeowners would feel when they saw their brand new homes for the first time.
The families moved into Orchards the following weekend and we are so happy to have had the chance to help make their dreams become a reality!
To check out more photos from our volunteer experience check out the Mambo Media Facebook Page!
Please visit http://habitatportlandmetro.org/ to learn what you can do to help the dream of homeownership come true for more habitat families.