During his career Ray Robbins worked with unions. Now he is retired and Ray says he is gaining more as a volunteer than he did making money.
In September 2013, newly retired Ray decided to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity – an organization that helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent, quality homes.
While Ray primarily worked in an office, he says he always had an interest in working with his hands. Now in his retired-life he is learning the skills he wanted to.
“I learn a lot! I’m learning how to do things with my hands and to do things the right way. It’s not good enough if you’re an 1/8th an inch off because later in the process that will come and haunt you,” he says.
Ray says the personal benefits are great but it’s helping others that gives him the most satisfaction.
“With Habitat I am giving hope and encouragement to people who need it. Some people just need a break. We’re giving them this house and now they get to make it their home,” he says. “How can you beat that?”
Ray says its refreshing doing something because he wants to do it, and for no other reason. He says this kind of volunteering is good for your heart and good for your soul.
“You’re not doing something because you have to do it. It makes you happy inside and easier to get along with, more tolerant as an individual,” he says.
“Happiness is the side effect of volunteering,” adds Ray. “You work in the rain and the cold but you do it because you want to and it feels good.”