Volunteer Story – Day 2

PMI employee at his first Carter Project

"This week, we’re probably in one of the places that needs help most right now. I had always wanted to come here and help before now. This is just great. Really cool," Winston MacMillan said. Photo by Steffan Hacker
Volunteer Story – Day 2 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

A different kind of accounting — Winston MacMillan makes a difference

Pascagoula, Miss.
— Winston MacMillan hammered nails into the wall of a Habitat house with a special brand of concentration. It can only be called Monday-morning focus.

Hammering up the side of the wall, his reach was just now starting to exceed his grasp, and he looked around for the ladder he had located a few minutes earlier. Not seeing it at hand, he shrugged with a smile and stretched up to continue knocking in his straight-as-an-arrow nails.

The 37-year-old Concord, Calif., resident was on his first-ever Habitat build site, and he was here with a group of colleagues from his company, PMI. “I’ve volunteered elsewhere on construction-type projects,” he explained. “But I wouldn’t call myself skilled.”

Pausing to settle his silver hardhat squarely on his head, MacMillan looked with satisfaction at his work, pulling out one bum nail and replacing it with a few short, powerful strokes.

The senior accountant is used to pounding the keyboard, he says, not nails. Born in Sierra Leone, but a California resident since his parents moved there many years ago, MacMillan has worked with PMI for six months. Participation in a Habitat build is part of his office’s new-employee orientation; unable to make the local build in California, he signed up to come to the Carter Work Project instead. “It’s an opportunity to do something different, to make a real difference in other people’s lives,” he said.

“This week, we’re probably in one of the places that needs help most right now. I had always wanted to come here and help before now. This is just great. Really cool.”

Volunteerism and reaching out to his neighbors and community is very important to MacMillan. “It’s a big part of what I do at home,” he said. “A lot of my volunteer efforts are directed to sharing Bible truths with people, which I do every weekend.

“Building with Habitat extends that for me. People don’t just have spiritual needs; they have immediate physical needs, too. This is just an extension of love for my fellow man.”
— Shala Carlson