By Seyller Robertson, Habitat for Humanity volunteer and Lowe’s employee
Editor’s note: This past week, women across the United States helped build more than 250 homes as part of National Women Build Week, which is sponsored by Lowe’s. Seyller Robertson is a Habitat volunteer in Charlotte, N.C.
Before I became a Lowe’s employee, I volunteered a few times on Habitat for Humanity builds. I enjoyed the experience. But since I only volunteered for a few days, I didn’t get to see the full impact Habitat has on our community.
Last year, I was privileged to be a leader for my company on a Women Build home. I got Lowe’s stores excited about participating and rallied them all the way to the build. It was really neat seeing my team members build a home right beside the woman and her family who were selected to receive it. The experience had such an impact on me because I had an opportunity to really get to know the woman, her mother and her three children.
Each day that I was there, I would speak to the grandmother of the family. She would tell stories about the great neighborhood that she was able to raise her children in. All this grandmother wanted was for her child and her grandchildren to have that same memorable experience of growing up in a safe, loving home. After several stories about gardening, childhood memories and family holidays in their home, I saw the whole picture. It’s not just about donating money because it’s the right thing to do. It’s caring about your community because you want your neighbors to have that same experience of raising a family in a safe and affordable home that you had.
I’m so privileged that my eyes were open to this experience. I’m proud that my company and Habitat help create the American dream for families in our communities.