Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, an association representing the interests of merit shop contractors and their employees, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters Houston to host a bookshelf build for the “littles” in their mentorship program. The community service project took place the morning of Saturday, August 24.
“Each committee member was teamed with a big and little to help walk them through the process of building a bookshelf,” said Sarina Landers, Operations Administrator for Karsten Interior Services and Scholarship Chair of ABC Greater Houston’s Young Professionals Committee. “We had a blueprint to follow, a material list, a set of instructions and power tools, and began the program with a safety orientation and an overview of the project, and then began the building process.”
The day was similar to a real jobsite and included plan review, safety and tool talks, and then hands on building. There were over eleven pairs of “littles” and industry professionals. The “littles” then took the bookcases home with them. Hosted by the ABC Greater Houston Young Professionals Committee, the event volunteers helped set up, passed out materials, and assisted the littles in building their bookcases while also sharing stories about how they found their career in construction.
“I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over two years and it made such a positive impact on my life,” says Landers. “Creating meaningful relationships and having an impact on the younger generation is really rewarding. It truly helps put life into perspective. This particular event was an incredible experience, the teams were so engaged and proud of their finished product.”
To learn more about ABC Greater Houston, please visit www.abchouston.org.