ANNE ARCHER, Habitat For Humanity Detroit Volunteer
I started volunteering in the late 1990’s. Our church is a member of the Grosse Pointe Partners, so we would sign up to build walls in the warehouse, paint walls in nearly finished homes, landscape and whatever else was needed. In 2005, I was honored to to work with many fabulous people during the Jimmy Carter Build in Detroit. The Grosse Pointe Partners co-sponsored a house. It was a very hot week-hammertime started at 7:30 AM and we got home close to 6 each evening. I think that week was what tugged at my heart to work with this organization. 30 strangers came together to work on a common goal of providing safe and affordable housing. On the last day there I realized that we had become a family! Due to physical limitations, I chose to work at the Jane Street office in 2012 where I became involved in the Volunteer and Community Development Department. To say we had fun would be an understatement! Every person, no matter their job title was committed to the organization! I don’t have any particular life-changing reason as to why I volunteer, but I do have a saying on my desk-”Work for a cause, not for applause/Live life to express, not impress.