Volunteering Opportunities

A Brush With Kindness

Published Monday, July 23, 2018

"When we got around to the area in the back, nobody wanted to climb up on the roof and paint. In my heart, I knew I could not do it, I had a fear of heights," said LaDonna Hawkins. 

LaDonna fell off a ladder when she was 8-months pregnant with her first son and suffered several fractures and a cracked tailbone. The painful experience alone was enough to make her shake at the thought of getting up on a ladder.

Heights wasn’t a factor she had counted on when she reached out to volunteer with Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. However, it was in God’s plan.

“The job needed to be done. Somebody has to do it. It was a fear that needed to be laid to bed. I told Lee [the brother of the homeowner] I would do it. He put the ladder on the house. I was shaking when I crawled up the front. The whole time I was saying Lord help me...help me do this,” said LaDonna. “I stood up and started scraping. I realized I wasn’t afraid anymore. I scraped and scraped and even vacuumed it.”

LaDonna was among a handful of volunteers, including members from Memorial Lutheran Church, who donated their time last month to give back to the community through Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Ministry.

A large part of our work is preserving homeownership! A Brush with Kindness, ABWK, opens many doors to build relationships beyond what Habitat home building can do alone. It becomes neighbors helping neighbors stay in their home. A Brush With Kindness includes scraping and painting homes. The before and after pictures are nothing short of amazing.

“The painting needed to be done. I volunteered to do wanted needed to be done. It was God’s plan. The Bible says I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”

To volunteer alongside LaDonna, reach out to Volunteer Manager, Julie Emerine.


Homeowners can apply for help with projects such as:

  • Roofs and Gutters

  • Stairs, Ramps and Railings

  • Windows, Doors and Locks

  • Faucets, Toilets and Grab Bars

  • Vinyl Flooring

  • Porches and Fences

  • Exterior Painting (2-per-year)

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