Diverse Volunteers Make JCWP Possible

Habitat volunteers are a diverse group, but all have a heart for service. Meet a few of the people who have given of their time and talents in Jacksonville.

Sheri Bartholomew
Sheri is a Jacksonville resident and member of St. Paul's Methodist Church. When the homeowner of the house her church is sponsoring moves in, she plans to give a housewarming gift of sugar, for the sweetness of a good home; salt, because there will always be some bitter times; bread, so there will always be food on the table; and a non-alcoholic wine, for celebration. Volunteering with Habijax is an opportunity to expand the missions program at her church. "This is one of the ways we can give back some of what God's blessed St. Paul's with," she says.

Youthbuild Participants
Several teenage JCWP volunteers are participating in Youthbuild, a program in which incarcerated youth learn job skills through building Habitat houses. One volunteer said that before the experience, his attitude toward life was fairly negative, but now he has changed. He plans to become an apprentice in the construction industry upon his release and someday he wants to own his own business. "That's what the program is really about: change," he says.

Jane McCarthy, Dierdre Cormican, and Lesley Hamilton
These three women traveled farther than most to build in Jacksonville; they're from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Although the construction techniques in Jacksonville were different than what they are used to, it didn't take long for them to become quite comfortable on a roof. Back at home, HFH Belfast is working hard to build homes and communities by bringing together Catholics and Protestants. "It's a constant process of working and encouraging activities with the homeowners to keep the sense of community," Jane says.

--Rebekah Graydon

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Full Index of JCWP 2000 Stories

Volunteer Opportunity Is A Gift, Says Actress Sarandon
Brooklyn Mother Comes "Full Circle"
Habitat's Work Mirrors Harlem's Overall Rejuvenation
Baynes Family To Become Habitat's 100,000th Homeowners
New York City Volunteers Build on Faith
Ga.: Carters Swing Hammers In Their Hometown
Volunteer Has Long History of Habitat Service
Vera Thomas Thankful for "Victory House"
Sumter County Declares Victory over Substandard Housing
Carters Help Reach Milestones in Home County
Fla.: Diverse Volunteers Make JCWP Possible
Carter Builds in Jacksonville
Top 5 Things I Learned in Jacksonville
A New Homeowner's Journey of Faith
100 Houses Creating New Neighborhood
Plus: The Hughleys Celebrate Their New House, Habitat's 100,001st
Past JCWP Homeowners Now JCWP Volunteers
Building On Faith Week Underway Worldwide
JCWP 2001 Heads to Korea
Remember When? JCWP 1984 in N.Y.C.
More About JCWP 2000

JCWP 2000 Sponsors

JCWP Overviews

2001 -- Korea
2000 -- N.Y., Fla., Ga.
1999 -- Philippines
1998 -- Houston, Texas
1997 -- Kentucky/Tennessee
1984-96 -- Photo History

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