On Saturday Sarah and I showed up at 20 Newcomb St to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. There were students volunteering from Brown University and the Wheeler School, as well as people from the community. I worked side by side with another Steve, a hand surgeon, as we cut boards with a rotary saw. Safety first means that we never risked our fingers, right? We worked on building the fourth exterior wall of the second floor, and lifted it into place. There was a real feeling of accomplishment by the end of the day, as well as exhaustion.
The day started with the site manager, Andre, saying something to the effect of "It's been said that every Habitat build starts with a prayer. That said, I'd like to have a moment of silence, to reflect on why we're doing this."
I don't know if that was for the benefit of us Humanists or not, but it was very appreciated.
We're setting up a second Humanists of Rhode Island Habitat volunteer effort for August 20, which will once more be at 20 Newcomb St, from 8:30 AM and 2 PM-ish. Interested parties should get in touch either here, or through the Meet Up and Facebook pages.