Friday, July 24, 2009

Habitat for Humanity

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I began a week-long photo assignment today to document a Habitat for Humanity Revitalization project. New homes are not being built - existing homes are being "revitalized" -- new paint, new porches or decks, landscape clean-up, etc. It will transform an entire neighborhood, as dozens of homes are involved. The workers today were terrific. You could tell that they wanted to be there, they wanted to help and they wanted to make a difference. And so they did.

It was a great day.

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6 comments:

Jay said...

A few years ago, I was on the Board of Directors for our local Habitat for Humanity... I am not sure how long you have been working with them, but it is a wonderful organization, one that gets far too little recognition. Good for you for bringing light to this project, EVERYONE should be a part of it!

I LOVE the idea of revitalizing existing homes, that is so cool... what a great way to make old things new! There are so many homes here in Albany that could use that, and so many people that could benefit from it.

I would LOVE to see more from this shoot!

I'm very impressed, Dan!

Dan Denardo said...

I've been a fan of Habitat for a long time, Jay. In fact, to take it a step further, I've been a fan of Jimmy Carter's for a long time. Where I come from, it's not popular to be a fan of Jimmy Carter, but I am...which makes me love Habitat even more.

This current project is really cool. The local Habitat chapter volunteers are revitalizing 40 homes in ONE neighborhood. How 'bout that! It really makes a difference. It's a pretty rough neighborhood. There is a park in this neighborhood dedicated to the memory of 2 police officers who were gunned down there a few yrs back. Who knows, maybe a "revitalization" will be a catalyst for bigger change.

Thanks for your comments, Jay. More photos to come as I'll be working there all next week.

Good on YOU for being on the Board for a time.

I hope you and yours have a GREAT weekend.

Jay said...

Jimmy Carter is from a town about 30 minutes from here, in fact... I work there! :)

...where that Pure Gas station piture was taken. Plains, GA.

Dan Denardo said...

How cool is that!!!

Jack said...

Habitat is doing great things in communities across the country and around the world. Perhaps your post and great photos will inspire some people to take part. And for some added inspiration, I invite anyone interested to check out this short video -- ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/4910 -- about one Habitat volunteer's "aha moment" and how her passion for the organization has grown and grown. I think you'll enjoy it.

Thanks,
jack@ahamoment.com

Dan Denardo said...

Jack, I visited the AHA moment website per your suggestion. Not only did I love the video you recommended, but I loved the entire site. Thanks for the heads up! I'll be a frequent visitor.

My best regards,
Dan