Volunteers Fan Out For "Labor of Love"

Created: 06/04/2014 7:17 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) -- The idea is that you can make the world a better place, one house at a time.

And this summer, about two dozen of those houses are in Austin.

"We are helping families that really need help," Ojoye Akane told us.

You might call it a labor of love.

"Just as long as i feel accomplished at the end of the day, that's better than any sore bones or muscles that I have," Alex Osborne said.

For the next eight weeks, volunteers will fan-out across Austin to lend a hand to homeowners in need.

"Painting, landscaping, siding, we are going to be doing some sidewalk repairs, driveway repairs," said Brigitte Campbell, executive director of Freeborn – Mower Habitat for Humanity.

“I know a case of a lady in the home who has to get down and crawl up the stairs because they're just unsafe for her to walk up."

“They pay supplies and they have volunteers come and do the work for them, which would save money, and not be so expensive,” Alex Osborne explained.

"Through the CHIP program we'll be doing about 12 properties," Habitat’s Brigitte Campbell explained.

CHIP is short for "Community Home Improvement Program." It's a partnership between Habitat for Humanity, Vision 2020, churches,  and others.

"We also have our Brush With Kindness program, which is a Habitat program and we'll probably be addressing an addition 8 to 10 homes," Habitat’s Brigitte Campbell told us.

“I'm excited to see how big a mark I can leave here in Austin," Alex Osborne said. He and Ojoye Akane have been hired as summer associate Vista members ... Vista is under the umbrella of the Americorps program to coordinate volunteers for the projects.

"We learned a lot of things about volunteer management, how to encourage people to get involved and be part of the larger world," Ojoye Akane said.

“All in all, we're hoping to increase not only home owner pride but neighborhood pride and ultimate  community pride," Habitat’s Brigitte Campbell explained.

“It's kind of satisfying for me to give back to the community that has done so much for me," said volunteer coordinator Ojoye Akane.