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LETTER: Being a part of something bigger

In response to the broadcast on 97 FM Christian Radio for Habitat for Humanity, I couldn't resist the opportunity for a recommendation.

I recently had done some research in various local and national news articles regarding volunteering, and I've come to the conclusion that the impact volunteering has had worldwide is astronomical. I am absolutely privileged to share my experience. I, now more than ever, feel as if I am equal in value to the most prominent movie star, a president, or even a queen of a small country.

Volunteering has elected presidents, visited prisoners and freed them inside their steel bars. They cause enthusiastic hysteria during Olympic Games, etc. Without them, I honestly wondered how the world would survive.

I have volunteered my services off and on since I was 13 - in hospitals, churches, prisons, food banks, schools, etc. But, the most awe-inspiring out of all of them for me has been where I now volunteer at the Re-Store for Habitat for Humanity. In my own life's journey I've grown enough spiritually and emotionally to appreciate what it means to be a part of something bigger than my own four walls, something that honestly revolutionizes lives.

I've met two out of over 500,00 families that Habitat has built new homes for, and I stand in awe of the "humanity" Habitat represents that shows through the joy of their hearts as new homeowners: Equal in value as others more fortunate.

It really is more blessed to give than to receive. But, in a selflessness act I've become a bit selfish, in essence, it is I that is the one who is blessed. I have indisputably found my home in the warm, loving environment of the family of Habitat.

Sue Carner

Grand Junction

Editor's note: It was refreshing to receive a letter that adds to positive community discourse. I never looked at that way, but you're right - volunteers are rockstars and deserve the praise and admiration that is misdirected, in my opinion, to movie stars and rap singers. - TD

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