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Jean Robb

Volunteer your remarketable gifts and become more marketable!

Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Habitat: What We Build

Take an in-depth look at the issue of poverty housing and the families it affects—and see what Habitat for Humanity is doing to address the need. For more information, visit

Click on the link above to see the Habitat for Humanity man page!

Hi,  Jean Robb here. 
Did you know that you can become a "Habitat Core Volunteer" with just one day a month commitment. Imagine overseeing and creating a real home and healthy living space for a family in need. This is not a handout or give away this is a hand up and for most it's a life changer! Building a new reality and brighter future for families that have committed to 500 hours of sweat equity and the repayment of their home! Volunteers make the difference without your help Habitat for Humanity can't make this dream for many a reality. 
Please consider becoming a "Core Volunteer".
Here's some information to get you started.

Jean Robb and Future home Owner!

Core Construction Volunteer Position Description

Reports to: Crew Leaders, House Leaders, and Construction Supervisor

Objective: Lead completion of construction assignments in a timely manner as instructed by house leadership and the Habitat build schedule, while maintaining a spirit of enthusiasm and encouragement toward less experienced sponsor group volunteers and partner family members.

Description: Assist in leading work on all phases of construction, including framing, truss work, roofing, siding, painting, and landscaping. Core volunteers gain experience by coming out to build and become leaders to help the construction staff work with inexperienced volunteers who are out for a day.

·         Represents Habitat on the jobsite
·         Follows directions from house leadership to complete necessary construction tasks to build the home
·         Arrives by 7:45 a.m. to help set up tools and divide tasks before the safety talk
·         Demonstrates basic and advanced construction tasks to inexperienced volunteers and partner family members
·         Communicates with Habitat staff and volunteer leaders in a timely manner
·         Makes safety a priority on the jobsite and reinforces this by example
·         Encourages quality in every aspect of construction
·         Helps keep the jobsite clean and free of safety hazards

Tools Required:

Safety Glasses
Tool belt
Ear Plugs
Cat’s paw
Tape measure (25’)
Chalk line
Carpenter’s pencil
Speed Square

Due to limited quantities of hand tools, volunteers are asked to bring their own. Please do not bring power tools.

Time Commitment: one day a month (or more if desired) from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benefits: help families achieve the dream of homeownership; enhance current construction knowledge 
and learn new skills, meet new people; be invited to special events, socials, and awards ceremonies

Habitat for Humanity fact sheet (frequently asked questions)

What is Habitat for Humanity International?
  • A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
  • Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
  • Seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
  • Inviting people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
  • Today, we have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.
Habitat volunteers and homeowners build side-by-side in New Orleans, Louisiana

How does it work?

  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families.
  • In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
  • Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
  • The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
How are partner families selected?
  • Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
  • The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
  • Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
  • Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
What are Habitat affiliates?
  • Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.
Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
  • Worldwide.
  • Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
How are donations distributed and used?
  • As designated by the donor.
  • Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
  • Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
  • Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.
Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?
  • An ecumenical, international board of directors.
  • Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.
  • The Habitat headquarters are operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.
How does Habitat work with the government?
  • We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
  • We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
  • We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
  • We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
How can I become a volunteer?

Jennifer Knoeber
Director of Volunteer Services

How can I get more information?
Jennifer Knoeber
Director of Volunteer Services

214-678-2315 Direct
214-678-2380 Fax

2800 N. Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212

Build site age restrictions:
Under 14: not allowed on the build site until the dedication day
14 and 15: allowed to landscape; must have one adult per youth of this age; parent must sign release form 16 and 17: allowed to pick up a hammer and build but not operate power tools or get on the roof; must have one adult per five youth of this age; parent must sign release form.

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