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Margot Platt of Livermore loves being a Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley volunteer. So much so she and her husband Spencer are spending their retirement years working at least once a week rebuilding and fixing homes for Habitat partner families.
“The culture of kindness is just amazing in Habitat,” Margot says.
During the Carter Work Project in October 2013, the two worked on a home in East San Jose as part of the Carter Work Project, an annual large-scale service event. Margot, retired from scientific publishing, served as a site host, and Spencer, a retired quality control manager, worked construction.
They first volunteered nine years ago for a project in Livermore, where Margot says she first experienced the kindness of Habitat volunteers.
“I bent nails like there was no tomorrow, and no one said a word to me. They just kept bringing me nails,” she said.
The couple was hooked on volunteering with Habitat, and since that time they have spent most Thursdays working on developments in Oakland, Bay Point, and Walnut Creek.
“We came with no skills, and we’ve picked up a fair amount along the way,” she says. They’ve done everything from framing structures to installing towel racks.
As site host this week Margot is making sure her fellow volunteers, some who are experiencing their first time volunteering with Habitat are her top priority.
“I make sure all the volunteers are enjoying their day, that they’re safe, and they’re happy,” she says.
In other words, Margot continues that Habitat culture of kindness she loves so much.
This article was contributed by Pamela Marino (Thanks Pam!)