New Jersey SAALT Circle volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

I’ll admit: I almost regret­ted it. You would, too, if you had to be up at 7AM on a Sat­ur­day morn­ing for work.  What was I think­ing to sched­ule a ser­vice project so ear­ly in the AM?

It was­n’t long before my spir­it rose — I was greet­ed by three car fulls of smil­ing ready-to-work-hard vol­un­teers.  And what a diverse group it was! South Asian, African Amer­i­can, Mus­lim, Hin­du, Chris­t­ian — all com­ing togeth­er for the com­mon cause of help­ing those in need.  This was def­i­nite­ly worth the ear­ly ris­ing.

Every month, the New Jer­sey SAALT Cir­cle con­ducts a com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice project — last month, we helped pack lunch­es and gro­cery bags for a local food pantry.  This month, we worked in con­junc­tion with Habi­tat for Human­i­ty of Hud­son Coun­ty to assist in the build­ing of two homes in Jer­sey City.  When we first showed up at the build, the site coor­di­na­tor was so over­whelmed by how many of us came, he almost turned us away!  But he soon had a change of heart and we were all put to work.

We sand­ed down walls. We paint­ed ceil­ings. We primed walls.  We swept away piles of dust and debris (If you’re look­ing to tone those arms, for­get the gym — sign up for a habi­tat build and you’ll be in shape in no time!).  There’s some­thing so sat­is­fy­ing about work­ing with your hands and actu­al­ly being able to see the impact of your hard work.  It was a great expe­ri­ence — and although it was most cer­tain­ly a phys­i­cal­ly chal­leng­ing activ­i­ty, I’m pret­ty sure that we all came away with a sense of pride and accom­plish­ment.

Thanks to all that ded­i­cat­ed their Sat­ur­day to ser­vice — we tru­ly appre­ci­at­ed your hard work, and look for­ward to hav­ing you help out in upcom­ing ser­vice projects!

If you’d like to get involved with the New Jer­sey SAALT Cir­cle, email me at qudsia@saalt.org or call (201) 850‑3333.