Matt uses a nail gun to reinforce exterior walls.

Devin nails in exterior Dowboard insulation.

By Sarah Caldwell, AmeriCorps NCCC Member

Oak 2 serve with Habitat for Humanity in both Norwalk and Fremont, OH for the month of May. They assisted with the construction of two homes in different stages of the building process and were able to learn new construction skills for every step of the home building process.

The team learned how to read blueprints in order to build interior walls on two houses, an exterior wall frame on one house, attached OSB boards for one house, and installed 16 trusses, hung drywall for five ceilings, insulated one basement, cut the opening for 10 doors and seven windows, and hung siding on two houses. They also learned how to safely maneuver scaffolding and properly use power tools in order to help accomplish these tasks, such as nail guns, power drills, chop saws, and table saws.

Matt and Curtis install braces for a front porch.

“The whole team was excited about going to serve there, and we were not disappointed. It was especially gratifying to see the results of your work, and knowing that it helped someone be able to move into their home sooner made all the hard labor worthwhile,” says Oak 2 member Matt Reilly from New York.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families at zero interest. Applicants must provide 400-500 ‘sweat equity’ hours, which is time that the families will be putting in on the construction of their own home. Their mission statement is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”