Homes For Everyone

I learned a lot about construction during my stint as a Peace Corps volunteer on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first project I worked on helped folks build some simple homes in a "self help" housing program. When that project came to an end, I organized some classes in basic construction skills and literacy.

The "volunteer bug" continued back in the States and I have had the pleasure of working with a number of housing related organizations.

Working with such volunteer organization can be frustrating: the needs are always greater than the available resources and the problems always more complex than envisioned at the start. But such work is always rewarding. And for me some of the greatest rewards have come in the people I have met in the process of such work. These people have become some of my very best friends.

So here is a list of some organizations which have impressed me over the years and need your support. Check them out, donate some time and/or money and tell your friends about them. I would be happy to accept some of your suggestions for this list.

- George

  • The Hunger Site
    This may sound like a gimmick but it is a serious project that donates food every time a visitor clicks on the site.
  • Peace Corps
    Yes, it's alive and well. My wife an I had a 3 year honeymoon in the Peace Corps and came home with a baby! It was hard work, it was frustrating, we did some good, we made many friends, we loved it!
  • The Downtown Emergency Center (DESC)
    We just celebrated the 20th anniversary of this fine organizations. Providing shelter for Seattle's homeless and more: mental health services, transitional housing, chemical dependency programs... A great and dedicated staff and volunteers!
    DESC 507 3rd Ave., Seattle 98104. (206) 464 1570.
  • New Beginnings for Battered Women and Their Children
    An outstanding group of staff and volunteers that provides shelter and support services for battered women and their children. (206) 783-4520
  • The Heifer Project
    Lish and Barbara gave us a goat for the holidays! Well, not quite, they donated a goat to the Heifer Project in our name. The Heifer Project gives animals (and training in their care) to hungry families around the world as a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant.
  • Doctors Without Borders
    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization.