Hearts and Hammers has been a key volunteering activity at Alliance Architects for many years. It speaks to our team and who we are. Making Dallas even more beautiful aligns with our goals pretty well.
Building Our Team
This year’s Hearts & Hammers project is turning out to be a blast again. I am Co-Captain with this year’s lead, Gloria. Also partnering with us this year will be Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers and Rockport Construction Group. We’ve got a great team to work with!
Meeting Our Home Owner and House
If you haven’t heard, Dallas has gotten some pretty serious rain. We got more rain in May and April of this year than we did in the ENTIRE YEAR last year. That’s alotta rain. With our H&H house just south of a flood plain, there was a small chance it would be at the bottom of the Trinity when we visited.
May 30th in Dallas dawned dark and stormy, but thankfully it had at least stopped thundering and lightening by the time Gloria and I rolled out to see our home for the first time (it wasn’t underwater). Even in the rain, the home looked lovely and bright. After meeting our Hearts and Hammers reps and walking the house, we concluded that with a bit of paint and some touch ups, our house would really shine.
So far we’ve picked our house and met our wonderful home owner. Still to come will be Safety Training and then Prep and Project Days. This project will be going until September, so check back or subscribe to our blog to get updates. We’ll keep you posted!
Start a Team of Your Own
On that note, if you are looking for a great volunteering opportunity for your team, company, or whatever, Hearts and Hammers is really great. It can seem pretty intimidating to be responsible for someone else’s home, and the thought of demolishing a wall may make your tummy do little flips. No worries, really! The great thing about this is if you are NOT a do-it-yourself person and don’t know much more than how to put paint on a paint brush, you can pick a home that needs only minor touch-ups.
For the really ambitious and well-equipped, there are always homes that need serious TLC, but every home touched has a home owner who is truly appreciative of what you’ve done. It’s all about taking pride in your neighborhood and your home. Sometimes that comes from just a couple buckets of paint.