Rocking With Habitat For Humanity

My friend, Laura, from Habitat for Humanity Monmouth reached out to me to see if I could volunteer tonight to help raise money at a concert at PNC Art Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Habitat for Humanity is a benevolent organization that I have volunteered with before. It is a gratifying way to help others while working together as a community. In fact, I had the privilege of meeting President & Mrs. Carter while rebuilding homes that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They came to help us in the town of Union Beach, NJ on the first anniversary of the storm in October 2013.

There were many families that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy that fell through the cracks. Even if the homeowners had hurricane insurance, many of them were told that the damage their homes sustained was from flooding and they were not covered.

Habitat for Humanity was able to assist the homeowners in Union Beach and elsewhere who had nowhere to turn when their insurance companies turned their backs on them.

Having the volunteers from Habitat there helping to rebuild their homes along with a visit from President and Mrs. Carter was a much-needed boost for the town.

However, we weren’t building on this particular night. Instead, we were there to raise funds by raffling off two autographed guitars; one by the band, Stone Sour and one by the band, Korn. Both bands were playing that night at the venue. It turned out to be one of the nicest experiences that I’ve had in a long time.

It was a warm summer night and it felt good to listen to music, kick back a cold one and raise money for a great cause. I met a lot of nice (and interesting!) people including one of the new homeowners, Tony, who was a really nice guy.

I also had an interesting conversation with a man who was buying raffle tickets. He spoke about the death of Chester Bennington. (Chester was a singer with the band Linkin Park & Stone Temple Pilots; he battled depression and committed suicide.) We started talking about depression and the man knowingly blurted out how it never goes away. I could totally relate to that because I also feel that it is always lurking.

I have managed to continuously focus on the good but it sometimes takes a concerted effort to stay positive. Listening to music is one way for me to feel good; it always helps me to feel upbeat and at times, invincible. No matter how I’m feeling; I am always, always, grateful for each day and all that I have.

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