Sacramento County’s Department of Human Assistance (DHA) is dedicated to improving the lives of those in need, including employment, housing and health care, transportation, education and child care. They help residents every day, but they recently took things one step further by helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento on their free time. These employees were recognized for their service at the Hammy Awards Dinner earlier this year.
“This was a fantastic team building experience,” said Jared Dennis, a DHA Supervisor, who helped coordinate the event. “Although it was very hot the day we worked, there was not one complaint, and everyone looked really happy to be there.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization based in 70 countries serving communities and building homes for those in need. Thirty DHA employees raised $3,100 for the organization and helped with building two home sites.
The volunteers helped prepare the base before the house frames were built. “Some of the jobs we completed were clearing debris, leveling foundation and building fences,” said Dennis. “At the end of the day we were all hot, dirty and tired, but we felt good afterwards.”
The DHA employees were accompanied by Habitat for Humanity volunteers and a foreman on the “build day.” The organization provided the tools and equipment needed for the volunteers.
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity and volunteering on the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento website. If you are interested in learning more about DHA, visit the Department of Human Assistance website.
Writer: Alicia Solheim, Communication and Media Intern