Among the consortium of extra-curricular activities that the Iowa MHA program offers to its students, are multiple opportunities to volunteer. These volunteering opportunities offer the chance for students to give back to the Iowa City community and to help those in need. This month’s volunteer opportunity was with Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Iowa.
On the morning of October 8tha group of 18 HMP students made our way to southeastern Iowa City to begin our Habitat for Humanity project. Upon arrival we were outfitted with the proper construction attire: hard hats, carpenter belts, tape measures and various other tools. The group was assigned to teams of 3-4; with each of the teams being assigned various tasks from spraying foam insulation to excavating and building a concrete retaining wall. Other teams built entrances into the attic and hung exterior foam board insulation.
Through hard work and determination each team was able to accomplish their assigned tasks and goal, all while having a light-hearted, fun time. This was a great opportunity to give back to those less fortunate and develop a stronger sense of teamwork, both of which are critical aspects of developing as healthcare leaders.