I can’t begin to tell how many times I’ve heard a Habitat volunteer say, “I feel like I received more than I gave.”  Habitat’s most famous volunteer former President Jimmy Carter often shares that sentiment.

I’ve felt it personally and it keeps me coming back for more.  I go out to one of our work sites and say I’ll stay until lunch and then can’t pull myself away.  It’s really important to all of us that we feel we’ve made a difference and at Habitat, it’s easy to see the difference you’ve made.

I’ve had the privilege over the years to work with and get to know Randall Wallace.  His name might not be familiar to you, but you’ve probably seen some of his movies, including Braveheart. Randy organized his Hollywood buddies in 2000 as a group called, Hollywood for Habitat.  I spent a week in L.A. building with Randy, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bo Derek, Maria Shriver and some others.  Randy spent time growing up in Lynchburg, Virginia, where I started my Habitat career and lived on the same street as Randy’s parents.

We love to share Randy’s quote that captures this feeling of receiving while giving:

“Habitat for Humanity is a perpetual motion miracle; everyone who receives, gives; and everyone who gives, receives.  If you want to live complacent and uninspired, stay away from Habitat; come close to Habitat and it will change you and make you part of something that changes the world.”