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Habitat for Humanity

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 4 March 2019

Habitat for Humanity is one of my favorite organizations that I have worked with over my life. Volunteering each Friday is a way for me to take my mind off of classes and to do something rewarding with my my free time.

Habitat helps support an event called Ohio University Move-OUt, a coordinated effort each year to reduce the waste of reusable items during finals and move-out week. This link illustrates the program’s collaboration between the city, university recycling, the region’s thrift stores, the SEO food bank, and Rural Action: https://www.ohio.edu/recycle/move-out.cfm

We find a lot of items that can be donated get wasted for many reasons during that weekend, but the largest reason is that students don’t know about their options for donation. All the organizations involved have a concentrated amount of time and resources for Move-OUt weekend. Things could improve if students had access to information about donating and had it earlier. This could reduce the amount of work that weekend entails for the students moving out, their families and the Move-OUt team. Plus, we could reduce waste and help those in need right here in Athens with the donated items. Who doesn’t want to do that?!

During the past couple of weeks, I have been a part of plans to reach out to other colleges including the Russ College, to spread the word about this event. So far, we have plans to flyer and table specific dates across campus. Our hope is that we can start changing the culture of move out and finals weekend- to really get people thinking about how they can prepare to leave the city and do it in the most responsible and sustainable way possible!

Working with Habitat for Humanity

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 6 February 2017

This past Thursday I started working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is a hardware center where people in the Athens area can donate just about anything pertaining to home improvement, including furniture, gardening tools, lighting, and doors. By donating these items, others can buy them, like they would in a normal store, but the proceeds go to building houses for people in the community.

So far, my job at the ReStore has included cleaning donated furniture and setting it up on the floor for people to buy. But, on days where there isn’t donated furniture to fix up, I get to help reorganize the floor so items are more easily accessible. The volunteers and employees have been very kind and helpful to get me acquainted with the store and to make me feel at home. That makes me feel like I’m in the right bunch of people, actually helping make a difference in the Athens community.

I have had a small history with Habitat for Humanity. Starting in high school, I got to volunteer to build a house for someone in my community back home. Seeing the reaction on her face to finally get a home, made me want to come back to volunteer again. I have also helped shovel lava rock as part of the Habitat for Humanity student organization on campus. Because these experiences were so rewarding, I decided to become a weekly volunteer in Athens County!

Volunteering has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I love helping people, and knowing that I possibly made a small, positive, difference in their day, or sometimes even a large difference in their life. Not only does volunteering look good on a resume, but it also can make a difference in your world or someone else’s