Kip Korper has been volunteering with Habitat for eight years now. He started out working at the Tacoma Habitat and switched over to EKC about five years ago. He has lived in the Puget Sound area for 22 years after moving from Northern California.
What skills has Kip gained from volunteering? Kip said, "It's hard to list the many construction skills I've learned with Habitat. I'm also getting better at long range Gatorade throws. One noteworthy skill is stair building. With nothing more than Mike's famous quizzical look (it took three or four), I learned to avoid assembiling stairs upside down."
What aspects of volunteering with Habitat have you enjoyed most? "Learning new skills has been fun. Feeling like I've contributed and getting personal thanks from the home owners makes my day. Probably, one of the most enjoyable aspect has been working with the AmeriCorps volunteers," said Kip.
What about Habitat's mission is attractive to you? Kip said, "The fact many people from different walks of life come together to build affordable housing for families in need. I took a friend from the former Soviet Union to work on a habitat site and he commented, "You Americans are very giving."