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Organizations participate in Community Day

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Charities across the community are looking for money and volunteers to carry out their missions.

Today, one non-profit gave to another. Employees of Open Arms, a child advocacy center, spent the morning volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes for people who may not otherwise be able to own a home of their own. Open Arms helps children find stable a stable home life, so it's really no surprise that one organization would help the other.

With all the tools they need, volunteers with Open Arms hammer away at building strong structures.

"I was so happy to help," said Transitional living Life Coach Shaundra Stephens. "Because you never know when somebody needs this home, so just to help build this home today makes me feel real good."

Stephens is a transitional life coach for Open Arms. Her goal is to get kids into strong, stable homes, the same goal Habitat has.

She said, "It will help me sleep better just to know somebody's not on the road sleeping or on the corner or at some abandoned building. Just to let me know that they are safe in a stable home."

While these Open Arms employees have their work cut out for them at the office, they stepped out today in order to help another organization in need.

"We're out here today for Give back our community day," said Open Arms Foster Care Director Chantelle Curvin. "Us non-profit organizations need to stick together, so we try to help other organizations when we can."

And, in turn, help the people that rely on them.  "All of us need to come together so we can make a better world," said Stephens.

One nail, and one neighborhood at a time. The Open Arms Volunteers gave up their morning working on the project, from nine until after noon.

Habitat is always looking for volunteers. Women Build 2010 is taking place next month, May 6th through 8th. Crews will be working from 8 AM until 8 PM.


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