In July 2014, the Xtreme Team spent a day outside of the office volunteering for Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Build Day’ program.
Habitat for Humanity works to build houses affordably for low or moderate income families who are in need of a stable and comfortable place to live. The homes are sold at cost with no profit and no interest.
One of the most important ways Habitat is able to keep the costs of homes down is through volunteer labor. When building a house, the cost of labor can be huge when hiring contractors, so utilizing volunteers can make an incredible difference in the affordability of the homes, along with other donated resources. It allows Habitat to reduce the cost of the homes by up to half the market price.
A group of 20 Xtreme volunteers spent the day working beside Habitat for Humanity’s Seattle-King County staff at the Rainier Vista build site in Central Seattle on the development’s final building, which five families will soon call home. Our volunteers worked hard the entire day, teaming up to clear dry wall and paper the floors. Using the average worth of volunteer work of $22/hour in Seattle, Xtreme saved future residents about $3520.00 in labor costs in a single days work.
Once finished, the Rainier Vista site will make homeownership possible for 23 families.