Volunteer Opportunity Is A Gift, Says Actress Sarandon
A common comment made by Habitat volunteers is that they've been
supporters for a long time and wanted to work on a house, but never had the time in their schedule. That was the case for actress Susan Sarandon, a New York resident who has supported Habitat's work financially for years.
"I'm a huge, huge fan of the way Habitat works," she said. "I've always
wanted to participate, but never seemed to be able to." After a summer of traveling with her family, she heard that JCWP was coming to town and signed up to volunteer.
"Making movies doesn't have this kind of satisfaction, but it's the
same sense of collaboration," Sarandon said as she finished up shift of
painting and installing baseboards at 233 W. 134th St. "I can't get my work done as an actor without other people doing their jobs."
Sarandon's work on the site was her first time doing construction. "I had never built," she said. "I was raised in a family where the boys were trained to do that. I painted, but that was about it. This morning, I got to use one of those guns that pop the nails. That was fun."
Well known for her involvement in political and charitable causes,
Sarandon said she was excited to be a part of the build for even a short amount of time, and looks forward to coming back and volunteering with her whole family. "It's a gift to participate in something like this," she said, "to make the world a little prettier."