Habitat is Pam Steber’s passion. If you’ve worked with Habitat in Arizona in the last seven years, you’ve likely been greeted by her as you check in on-site. She says her seven years as a Habitat volunteer is one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Not only is she a volunteer, but she is also a Habitat homeowner.

Pam began her volunteer work in North Carolina eight years ago when she walked past a build and noticed people wearing pink Habitat shirts. They were all smiling so she asked them what they were doing and and the rest, as they say, is history. She fell in love with the mission of changing lives and communities and knows firsthand that Habitat is a hand up, not a hand out. She has gone through the same Family Selection process as all of our families, including sweat equity of 400 hours of work on her home, so she understands how important having a safe, affordable home is firsthand.

Habitat is my passion. I like to say it is better than church! As volunteers, we work hard, experience good feelings as a result of our work whether it’s answering phones in the office, demo-ing a home, or greeting volunteers at a work site. I think that is because we know we have a common goal to help the community,” says Steber.

She says that no matter your level of ability, there is always a way to help whether it’s handing out gloves on a job site, delivering cookies and coffee, landscaping, painting, or any of the other ways volunteers assist. No matter what a volunteer is doing, her goal is to make sure they are joyful and fulfilled. In case you’re wondering, over the years Pam has done all of the jobs we mention! She helps where she is needed because she believes in the mission.

“I know that Habitat is changing lives because they’ve changed mine. I’ve not only met and worked side by side with other families, I’ve worked on homes in my own neighborhood. It brings me and the entire neighborhood joy to see positive changes. We see that improving homes decreases blight and crime and I am grateful to be part of the change,” she says.

One of her most memorable volunteer experiences was when she participated in a Global Village Build in Cambodia. As one of about 250 volunteers, she helped build 23 homes in just one week! For Pam, volunteering is a labor of love.

 

She is excited to be part of the upcoming Women Build happening later this month as it is an opportunity to work side by side with women on a project. There is no experience required. For more information, visit habitatcaz.org/womenbuild and to learn more about becoming a volunteer, visit habitatcaz.org/volunteer.