Hickam comptrollers volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

(Via Ho’okele News)

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.

Story and photos 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.

Senior Airman Justin Simpkins hammers in a connector while Staff Sgt. Angela Parker holds his ladder.

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.

“Anyone interested in volunteering as a group can email Connie at connie@honoluluhabitat.org,” Rush said. “She will provide all the required paperwork and help you set a date.”

For more information on volunteering, visit www.honoluluhabitat.org.

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