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Habitat Volunteer Uses Professional Skills to Help Families in Need

Habitat volunteer Danita Shelton works on the wall of a Habitat house in Veracruz.

By Heather Wilkinson

Danita Shelton is no stranger to the Habitat for Humanity build site — or to any build site for that matter. The electrician and member of Local 235 from Detroit, Mich., has been on a Global Village Women Build trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has worked with the Habitat affiliate in Greensboro, N.C.

Danita first got involved with Habitat while she was studying electrical installation and maintenance. As part of her schooling she was required to participate in a Habitat build. She worked with other volunteers to help the Greensboro, N.C., affiliate build four houses in 8 days.

Danita credits her Habitat volunteer work with helping to give her the experience she needed to prepare for and land her current job. “Working with Habitat helped prepare me for the workforce and I wanted to do something to give back,” she says. “I wouldn’t have my current job if it hadn’t been for my experience with Habitat. I feel that it’s the least I can do.”

Danita has been through leadership training at Habitat for Humanity International and plans to lead a team from her company on a Global Village trip as part of the company’s diversity training. “The best way to learn about diversity is not sitting in a classroom,” she says. “The more you are able to learn about other cultures, the more accepting you are.”

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