Habitat for Humanity honors volunteer

- Habitat for Humanity in Hillsborough Co. is a bit smaller of an operation than some of her counterparts but this branch has one stellar volunteer in Mimi Harvill.

"They're like, 'You do this for free?' I'm like, 'Yeah!" Mimi told FOX 13 News. "Feeding the homeless, they don't think that's loony, but they think this is a little loony."

When she started, she had zero knowledge of the equipment or how to build a house. Harvill has been volunteering for a year and certainly has come a long way.

In a short time with the non-profit, she was named "Volunteer of the Year." She says that while helping to build a house that will be a home for a deserving recipient, she gets three things in return.

"What keeps me coming out day after day is it challenges my mind. I learn something new every day. It strengthens my body. I weigh a little bit more but I'm tinier and it nourishes my soul. The whole premise of Habitat is that we help people do better for themselves. We put a little fat in their gravy," Harvill said.

Harvill said if it's the physicality that scares you, they have other ways to volunteer other than out at the job site.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, head to their website

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