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Raising the Roof

On Friday I had the opportunity to get out from behind the desk and swing a hammer outside on a beautiful winter day. Together with some of my coworkers I volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity build in Calgary. This particular build is supported by several agriculture companies and the project is referred to as The House That Agriculture Built.

Several years ago I had my first Habitat for Humanity volunteer experience and ever since I’ve had a special place in my heart for the non-profit organization. The year I graduated from high school, my fellow classmates and I travelled down to North Carolina to volunteer for a few days at a Habitat for Humanity project. I think many of us living in Canada and the United States take for granted the roof over our heads. Habitat builds affordable housing and promotes homeownership.

I had a great experience at the Calgary build. We literally raised the roof of the house! We finished building the roof and then a crane came and lifted the three pieces onto the house. It was a beautiful day to be working outside surrounded by friendly company. Habitat is always looking for volunteers. If you have some free time, I encourage you to volunteer. Here are some photos from the build.

We sheeted this roof.
We sheeted this roof.
We also sheeted the roof in the background and put some drywall on the wall in the foreground.
We also sheeted the roof in the background and put some drywall on the wall in the foreground.
The crane placing the three pieces of the roof onto the house.
The crane placing the three pieces of the roof onto the house.
Proof that I was working! Showing the nail gun who's boss! I enjoyed using the various power tools.
Proof that I was working! Showing the nail gun who’s boss! I enjoyed using the various power tools including a cordless drill, rotozip, skill saw and nail gun.

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