Since coming to Drexel I’ve been working with their campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and have been loving it. Philadelphia is a city and there really isn’t much space to build new houses, so there aren’t really many opportunities to go on builds, Drexel’s group goes on about 4 a year. Instead the campus chapter is more about fundraising and advocacy.
Every year they have this one major fundraising event called Rake-a-Thon. We pair up with UPenn and Temple for this event. We have about a month of flyering, in which we go out and pass out flyers and talk to people about the event. Then there’s about a month of going back and raking. We go to this wealthier portion of the city called Chestnut Hill, and it generates a lot of money for the campus chapters.
So far, I’ve done one weekend of flyering and two weekends of raking, but I have run across a problem…. This last weekend we ended up having to pick up a house for Penn because they over booked and didn’t get a whole lot of volunteers. So, instead of our usual two houses we did three. I have to say I’m really irritated with some of the people I went with.
This event is all about free will donation and getting out in the community and raking up leaves. Yes, I realize there is a suggested minimum. Yes, I realize it’s a lot of work and sometimes worth more than what they pay. You also have to look at the other side of it…. For one, if we hadn’t done the house, we wouldn’t have even had that money. Secondly, this is supposed to be volunteer work and you’re not supposed to get a ton of money out of it, you’re supposed to do it because it’s what’s right. Not to mention, most people are only there because they have to have hours for their Civic Engagement hours.
So, my point, just because you aren’t getting as much money as you think you deserve for the yard that gives you no right to do a shitty job. We should be grateful for whatever amount of money that we get, not do a shitty job because we thought we were getting jipped, that’s not how it works. Also, if you do a really good job they may sign up in subsequent years and pay you more if they see you do a really good job. On top of that, if they like how you do it they may suggest it to their neighbors and friends in the area, but if you do a crappy job, they aren’t going to want to do it again, and they will most definitely not recommend it to other people.
Most people ask which school you’re from when you go, and if you do a crappy job that gives Drexel a bad name on it’s own. I don’t mean to be out of line, but it’s just ridiculous when you’re so focused on getting as much money as you can. Yes, the money is very important, but so is doing a good job.
So, yeah, that’s out of my system. I love the group, but people need to stop taking for granted the houses they do get and the money they get. They don’t technically have to have it at all.