Volunteers needed for Habitat for Humanity

Posted at: 09/02/2013 6:51 PM | Updated at: 09/03/2013 5:00 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

It’s a group that makes dreams come true for families, building them houses.  But in Carlsbad, Habitat for Humanity can’t get a home off the ground.  As KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, they’re in dire need of volunteers.

For Stephanie Martinez, having her own room is something special.

“I think it's better. I can have my own privacy and my brothers not always in there," said Martinez.

Because it’s something she’s never had before. 

“I can go in there and do my homework all by myself without anybody bothering me," said Martinez.

When Stephanie and her family moved here two years ago, it was their first time having a yard, and first time having a home.

“Having this house with a yard is a whole lot different and better," said Stephanie’s mother Terri Martinez.

And now right next door, Habitat for Humanity is building a new home for another family.

The family is ready to move in, but volunteers are worried unless they get more help, this house isn’t going to be built anytime soon.

“We can get people saying they're going to come, then one or two people will come. So we can’t get done what is needed to get done," said Habitat for Humanity Treasurer Pat Donovan. 

Donovan said if they can’t get more help, they may have to shut down.  But they’re not giving up yet.

“My cry is please, please consider volunteering whether you want to swing a hammer at a home build site, or you want to be a board member attending monthly meetings helping us make decisions, or if you want to be a committee member for one of our committees. That's what we need," said Donovan.

To build dreams for families like the Martinez’s.

“I just thought man this can’t be happening to me, it’s amazing.  God is up there looking, he does help you," said Terri Martinez.

If you are interested in helping, the group is looking for volunteers on September 21 and 22. Just complete a volunteer form on the web site www.hfhcarlsbad.org, or contact Habitat for Humanity Carlsbad Area by calling 575-234-9658.

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