For Duke Hinds, a chance to spend a crisp December morning building a brand-new house meant much more than breaking up the normal routine he sees as a Commercial Banking Executive.
Working alongside 17 associates from Regions Bank, Hinds’ and his co-workers spent a day building two new Habitat for Humanity homes in the Clay-Chalkville community of greater Birmingham from scratch.
“Being able to work next to my teammates was special, particularly this time of year,” Hinds said. “We were able to volunteer with the actual future homeowner, which made it even more rewarding.”
Two single mothers, both with young children, have a fresh start, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, ABC 33/40, Regions, and various other local companies. In all, the project took 14 days and included 600 volunteers. On one build, Hind worked side by side with one of the new homeowners.
“Seeing her dedication to her family and genuine appreciation of all the volunteers who have had an impact on her home and life was very memorable,” Hinds added.
It also reminded Hinds and other Regions associates about what they have as the holiday season nears. Hinds used the Habitat for Humanity build as a teaching moment for his family – especially his children, who are similar in age to the children of the new homeowners he helped.
“When we all pull together to serve, we can have a big impact on our community and the people we share it with,” Hinds said.
In fact, he and his wife took it one step further, from lesson to reality. They checked out their children out of school for Thursday’s home unveiling ceremony, wanting them to see in person the impact of the Habitat for Humanity project and the joy of a new home it produces for two deserving families.