Volunteers Pitch In To Make A Difference

POST FALLS — More than a hundred volunteers hammered, sawed and sewed for a good cause in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls during a regional conference on service and volunteerism Thursday.

The volunteers worked on everything from making blue bird nesting houses with fish and game to building a three bedroom home ready for a family of four to move in.

Hammer in hand, 23-year-old Kyle Livingston was one of the volunteers pitching in to help nail siding on a Habitat for Humanity home.

“We’re doing well so far, looks like we got about four feet already added on,” Livingston said.

Livingston, who’s from Ketchum, is one of 200 volunteers in town this week talking about how to better serve their communities and recruit more volunteers.

“Volunteerism is very important in general, I believe everyone if you live in a community should have to give back to that community if you expect the community to do things for you,” he said.

Inside the Habitat for Humanity home 26-year-old Martha Slaybaugh was armed with a roller and a paint bucket. Slaybaugh has been with Americorps for two years and she tutors and mentors both young and old neighbors in Moscow.

“It’s pretty incredible, it’s a good program,” she said. “If you have a few hours one time that you want to donate that’s remarkable too.”

Nearby more volunteers were raising four walls to make a shed at one of the seven community service projects         throughout Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Other projects included helping out at the local food bank and making blankets and cards for seriously ill children.

As for the Habitat for Humanity home, they hope to have a family moving in by April.

The conference wraps up Friday, with the volunteers leaving these two North Idaho communities in much better shape when they arrived.