The basics: Stacey Flora, 45, of Fresno, works at Clovis Glass doing inside sales. She has worked in construction for nearly 20 years.
What she does: About every third Saturday on what is known as "framing day," Flora visits Fresno County's Habitat for Humanity's current home construction site. Flora said she especially loves helping women learn what they can do to help build their home. "I can see them start to get it and then watch them take ownership," she said. "They learn every aspect of building a house. They know what's behind the drywall and how to fix it. Habitat for Humanity really educates these families in the whole process."
She has been working with Habitat for Humanity for eight years and has participated in almost every part of constructing a home, including drywall, painting and prepping construction sites.
Why she does it: "I want to give back to the community in a way that God has gifted me," Flora said. She said working in construction is the perfect way to do that, and she gets more out of the experience than what she puts in.
The turning point: When Flora attended community college in Modesto, she became interested in the movie industry, particularly set construction. So she moved to Los Angeles and worked in construction for nine years. Then she moved to Fresno and worked with Renaissance Old World, Inc. for 10 years, doing wood carving, sales and working with AutoCAD software. She started volunteering on construction projects for Habitat for Humanity with The Well Community Church and decided to continue volunteering.
Details, details: Flora's favorite part of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is framing day. She loves seeing the transformation during the day, starting with just the foundation of the house in the morning to the complete frame at the end of the day.
What others say: "She is a great leader, but mostly a great teacher in how she lives her life," said Joan Cook, volunteer and family service coordinator at Habitat for Humanity.
How you can help: Contact Joan Cook at (559) 237-4102, extension 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Flora encourages volunteers to "have a heart to help people," and said there is a job for everyone at Habitat for Humanity.
-- Brianna Vaccari