Darrell Gilmore has some impressive numbers to share. A Habitat volunteer of 30 years, he can wow any listener with the numerical milestones that he’s accomplished … the most impressive of which may be his recent goal to volunteer at Habitat locations in all 50 states during 2017.
That’s about 30,000 miles when all said and done.
Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity was Darrell’s Pennsylvania stop—stop number 17, to be more precise. During his 3-day stay with our organization, Darrell worked at the South Christian Street renovation site in Lancaster. He talked with ease and familiarity with Director of Construction Jim Eberly. Turns out, they had built together on a Habitat site while Darrell was working for the Wilber Chocolate Company in Lititz years ago.
Nowadays, Darrell is somewhat of a nomad, as his Twitter handle—H4HNomad—suggests. After a lifetime of executive-level positions at companies that placed him around the country, Darrell packed his essentials in a truck and camper for an adventure that centers upon making affordable homeownership possible for others.
Darrell’s personal interest in Habitat’s mission stems from the memory of moving frequently when he was a child. Making rent wasn’t always possible, and he suspects that his family had their share of evictions. Leaving each home meant the process of finding another had to begin all over again.
Looking back, stability was absent from his youth. By supporting Habitat’s mission, Darrell is enabling other families to set down roots and build a brighter future.
As he shared his story during a walk around the Lancaster neighborhood in which he was volunteering, he stopped to pick up trash on the sidewalk to dispose of properly. He has lost about 60 pounds since he launched his cross-country Habitat expedition; he attributes this directly to being active on the work site.
Darrell has worked with local Habitats with each professional move that he has made in his adult life. Beyond the U.S., Darrell also volunteered on Habitat sites in Singapore, Thailand and at a Jimmy Carter Work Project in South Korea.
As Darrell travels, he is keeping an eye out for a place to land once his odyssey is complete. He suspects it may be in Texas, where there are volunteer opportunities AND great golf, but he’s keeping his options open.
And, his next adventure is already being calculated.
Darrell would like to do Global Village work, volunteering on each continent.
Well, seven continents minus one. To date, there is not much call for affordable housing in Antarctica. If there were, we suspect Darrell would be on board.
You can follow Darrell’s progress on Twitter, @HFHNomad. You can also read the LNP article about Darrell at http://lancasteronline.com/features/together/habitat-volunteer-aiming-for-states-in-a-year/article_8da015e2-3412-11e7-82dd-df20340d83fc.html.