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    Posted July 3, 2007

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Day of Volunteering: South FL AEA Members Pitch In for Habitat For Humanity

by: Irene Adjan, South Florida Equity Liaison

Equity members from So FL pitched in for Habitat for Humanity

On Wednesday, June 20th, the South Florida Equity Liaison Committee hosted a day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Fourteen members of the Equity committee gathered at the building site at 7:45am. Even at this hour of the morning, it was close to 90 degrees here in South Florida, but the volunteers arrived filled with enthusiasm, ready to work. We were greeted by Jessica, the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat in Broward County, and Mary Lou, the Director of Construction. Mary Lou gave us a quick overview of Habitat, filled us in on the criteria for obtaining a Habitat home, and then gave us our assignments. We were to work on four homes, so we were broken into four groups. Our tasks included painting the accent trim on the homes, removing the hurricane shutters that had been installed for inspection, and laying down some mulch. We worked for about four hours, proudly donning our Actors’ Equity T-shirts and hats, before we were told it was time to clean up.

As an added bonus, we got to meet two of the families who were to move into the homes once they were completed. “I was so honored to be a part of a group giving back to the community, and to know that what we did in a couple of hours would be with this family for their new beginning,” said National Councillor and Liaison Committee Member, Margot Moreland. “Plus it was fun!”

Ed Limia, Margot Moreland, Irene Adjan, Tom Wahl

Our volunteers all expressed a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with our efforts. “It is easy, and important, to write a check for worthy causes, but there is an immediate gratification that comes from donating all your heart, muscle, and sweat to a hands-on project, that leaves you feeling fulfilled, humbled, and truly connected to a humane need, that is incomparable,” said volunteer and Liaison Committee Member, Barbara Bradshaw.

Volunteer Karen Nagy felt we accomplished several things. “It was an example of all of us working together to produce meaningful results. In theatre, we are so much on our own path, monitoring our own individual progress and actions - it was nice to set that all aside and throw ourselves into something that wasn't about us. Conversely, it was important to get others to know about us and what we do. One guy who was driving a truck said to me, ‘Oh, do y'all get together and put on little shows?’ It gave me the opportunity to explain that this was a profession, and that we were in a union. I hope this enlightened him.”

Laura Turnbull

In addition to helping out a worthy cause, we had members of the press show up to take photos, thanks to the press release sent out by Maria Somma in the Communications office. We were mentioned in the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, and many photos are on display at

It was a wonderful day and I want to thank the volunteers that gave of their time and energy that day: Linda Bernhard, Barbara Bradshaw, Ed Limia, Margery Lowe, Michael McKeever, Stuart Meltzer, Wendy Michaels, Margot Moreland, Karen Nagy, Kim Ostrenko, Laura Turnbull, Pilar Uribe, and Tom Wahl.

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