Making a Difference: Bay area volunteers build homes in Guatemala

4:24 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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Pinellas Park, Florida - Richard Pearson accumulated over 300 hours of volunteer work for numerous charities in the Bay area in the past year.

"Something so small to give up your time... you just feel good about it, you really do," said Richard.

It's not only Richard that puts in the hours, Habitat for Humanity is built on volunteers and without them it wouldn't exist.

These volunteers not only build houses here in Pinellas County but they travel outside the country to help gives others a better life. Richard, along with 10 other volunteers, recently went to Guatemala to build houses through Habitat for Humanity.

"It was hard work . . . it was a very hot part of the country, nearly 100 degrees every day but it was really rewarding," said Habitat For Humanity volunteer Renee Athey.

Talk about manual labor, the volunteers showed me how they used machetes to cut brick.

Gabriella Camacho led the team in Guatemala and after nine days and two houses later, she says even though the work was hard, seeing the smiles on the families' faces who now have a solid home, was worth the sweat.

"We are always trying to help people and there the people were helping us also help them, so it was a great experience," said Gabriella.

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