For years, Assiniboine Credit Union has supported employees who want to give some of their time and energy to Habitat for Humanity. This year, 39 employees helped build over a total of four days, and four of Assiniboine’s board of directors joined in on the build.
How did they feel about participating for this great cause? Here’s what a few of our employees had to say:
I really enjoyed learning a new skill and working with other Assiniboine employees that I hadn’t met before. I would definitely recommend volunteering; it felt good knowing that I did something to help my community.
— Beth Dyck, Regent Branch
I would most definitely recommend volunteering for Habitat. It is a great experience; getting your hands a little dirty for a good cause, making new friends at Assiniboine and learning a new skill I can use in my personal life. It brings a new perspective to those not familiar with Habitat for Humanity.
— Tammie Clarke, School Road Branch
I enjoyed the people I had the pleasure of ‘sweating’ with; I enjoyed knowing my small contribution was part of a larger contributing being, made to improve the lives of families and enrich our communities. I would definitely recommend this volunteer experience. The Habitat staff are great, very supportive and fun to work with. I really appreciated the opportunity this volunteer experience provided me to work side by side with Assiniboine staff, some I knew, and some I met for the first time.
— Nicole Ritchot, Assiniboine Board of Directors
I highly recommend volunteering at least once! It is so gratifying to know that you are helping a family in need. Assinibone is very driven to be a part of the community and this is definitely a way to give back. I am happy to say I have volunteered twice now and definitely plan on more.
— Catherine Cabak, Garden City Branch
It’s fun to learn new skills that I can apply elsewhere in my life, all the while knowing I am helping our community. I recommend volunteering for Habitat. How can you not feel rewarded by making a difference in the lives of others and not to mention you get the bragging rights: “I helped build that home”. I think it is a great team experience and learning opportunity, and a great way to feel connected to community. Try it once, I think you’ll agree.
— Lisa Delorme Meiler, Marketing and Communication
I really valued my time on the Habitat for Humanity build for several reasons. I had such a great time working alongside some of our fabulous ACU staff; we really do have amazing people working at our credit union. It was also humbling to know that we were part of a much bigger effort to reduce poverty for families in Winnipeg through access to affordable housing and homeownership. What a privilege to be one small part of that! And tying those two things together, it was an inspirational day working together to contribute to building a better life for a family, and building community. I will certainly do it again, and hope that many more of our credit union family get the opportunity to take part in this wonderful experience.
– Brendan Reimer, Assiniboine Board of Directors
I enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the build and work alongside ACU staff. I was somewhat intimidated to even volunteer as I don’t have any real skills in construction work. I learned lots of construction tips alongside Assiniboine staff and really felt that we made huge progress on the build. I would love to do this again next year and perhaps even volunteer more than one day. Thanks for inviting Board members to be part of this incredible experience.
– Margaret Day, Chair of Assiniboine’s Board of Directors