Shipley builds homes and hope

April 30, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

Name: Robert "Buck" Shipley

Age: 70

Resides in: Hagerstown

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: "I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. I'm a member of the Building Committee helping to build homes. I do backfill and grading with my personal skid loader.

"I also pick up donations and haul to auction or ReStore. I also volunteer at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Holly Place, Community Action, Forestry Board, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maugansville Ruritan, even though I am not a member.

"I have made two trips to Biloxi, Miss., with the Methodist church to rehab houses for Hurricane Katrina victims and have made two blitz trips to Alabama and North Carolina and will be making another trip on May 1."


What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I retired from the U.S. Postal Service and had time to volunteer. There were Habitat people who came to a church meeting and explained what Habitat was all about and I was hooked."

Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "The biggest reward is the camaraderie that you have with other volunteers who are also helping others. There are some great people out there in this community volunteering to help others that are less fortunate than themselves."

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "The impact is that I can't say 'no' to anyone who needs a helping hand. It gives you a good, rewarding feeling that you are helping someone else."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: "I do lawn work, woodworking and remodeling. I also enjoy gardening. When we have extra food, I donate it to Holly Place or to anyone who needs food. I also help neighbors and friends."

o Want to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity?: Contact Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at or call 301-791-9009. Information also is available at

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