|Jimmy Carter Work Project 2003|
At home on the build site: AmeriCorps member brings extensive Habitat experience to JCWP
Though she never has built at a Jimmy Carter Work Project, Carrie Galuski is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity build sites.
The 25-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., has worked with Habitat for Humanity full time since 2001 as a member of the Habitat AmeriCorps program. She spent a year working with the Habitat affiliate in Americus, Ga., and she now lives in Charlotte, N.C., where she serves as a crew leader for local affiliate builds there.
In addition to her “domestic” experience with Habitat, Carrie also has taken her building skills abroad on a Global Village trip to Mexico. She has plans to lead a Global Village trip to South Africa later this summer.
This week, though, Carrie’s focus is House #26 in Anniston. And with her experience in leading volunteers in “everything from floor construction to framing to roofing to siding,” she is a definite asset to her team.
Though now comfortable with construction, she admits it took her nearly a year to reach that point. “I still have to ask questions, a lot,” she admits, “because there’s a lot of stuff, you know, that doesn’t always go as planned.”
Carrie is proud to be a young woman working on a construction site. “I’ve never felt disrespected or treated differently,” she says. “It’s almost the opposite, especially from other women…. They’re always saying, ‘You go!’ and, ‘We’re so proud of you!’”
“It feels really good,” Carrie continues, “to be able to be out there with [people] who have all of this experience and to know that you can hang with them, basically.”