- Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County FL, Inc.
- Construction Site | Brown Family Build
- Jessica von Essen
The Volunteering Page of Jessica von Essen
Volunteer to build a decent, affordable home with the Brown family.
About This Campaign
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County Florida! Volunteers play a vital role within our organization. Our amazing volunteers are passionate about our mission and selflessly don hammers and hard hats to make the dream of homeownership a reality for those who need a hand up. We are excited for you to join our volunteer family and help us build a stronger Hillsborough County. Let's build - together!
ABOUT THE BROWN FAMILY
A hammer is usually the first tool used in building a home with Habitat Hillsborough. For Margarette Brown, the first tool used was a radio.
One Saturday morning in January 2016, Margarette was listening to the Call4Help Show on WTMP, as she had done every Saturday since the show began in early 2015. The show’s hosts, Paul and Lori Rebein and Axel Marrero, had a guest speaker that day from Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, to discuss affordable homeownership opportunities made possible by the organization. Margarette decided to call in, and that phone call was the beginning of her journey to owning a home.
Margarette worked for the Hillsborough County School District for 23 years, starting out as a substitute teacher, then a teacher’s aide and eventually becoming a certified teacher for the last seven years before retiring in 2014. Once Margarette decided to explore opportunities to purchase a home, several homes in which she was interested were snatched up by investors, which made it difficult for her to find suitable, yet affordable housing. Margarette persevered, despite the disappointment of not being able to purchase those homes. “When I was going through that heartbreak,” she replied, “I couldn’t see what was ahead.”
Listening, though, to that radio show and that guest speaker, gave Margarette hope and spurred her on to action. She applied for the Habitat Homeownership Program and was approved as a Homeowner Candidate.
To Margarette, the mother of two grown children, “Home is what you make it.” Very soon, Margarette will be building the home for which she has waited so long – a place she can call her own. “I look forward to having my family, friends and acquaintances come and visit,” she replied. Margarette wishes to thank those who support the building of her home, both donors and volunteers.
Location / Venue
- 8421 North Tangerine Place
- Tampa, Florida
- 33617, USA
- Sep 17, 2016 12:00 am to
- Nov 26, 2016 12:00 am