Hickam comptrollers volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

From left: Staff Sgt. Angela Parker, Maj. Amanda Evans, 15th Comptroller commander, and Staff Sgt. Nichole Rush work on the wood frame of a house while volunteering with a group of Airmen at a Honolulu Habitat for Humanity project in Waimanalo on Jan. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez)

01/24/14 12:00 AM

By Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez, 15th Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 15th Comptroller Squadron (15th CPTS) volunteered Jan. 15 with the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

The Airmen spent the day assisting construction professionals and other volunteers with building homes for Waimanalo families in need.

Senior Airman Justin Simpkins, 15th CPTS, said he feels the day went “extremely well” with the help of a good turnout.

“The more hands you have, the lighter the work is, and trying to build six homes is no easy task,” Simpkins said.

Staff Sgt. Nichole Rush, 15th CPTS, organized the day for her squadron and said volunteering for Habitat for Humanity is something she has always wanted to do.

“I figured it would be something others in my squadron would be interested in,” Rush said. “I asked leadership and they said they would support us.”

The volunteers, equipped with tools and personal protective gear, hammered and sawed away at the wood-framed homes.

Airman 1st Class Aron Wing, 15th CPTS, highlighted the importance for Airmen to volunteer. “I think it’s important to have the opportunity to volunteer for events like this,” Wing said. “It’s a great team-building experience and it improves morale.”

Rush worked directly with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity to schedule the event and said it’s easy to sign up if others are interested.

For more information on volunteering, visit the Honoluu Habitat for Humanity website.

 

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