Like many new RV retirees, Darrell Gilmore wanted to travel.
In January 2017, the former corporate executive and long-time Habitat for Humanity volunteer from Bloomington, Indiana, hitched up his 23-foot Jay Feather travel trailer by Jayco for a year-long journey of volunteering with Habitat in all 50 states.
His goal was three-fold: “Spend a year doing something really significant, play a round of golf in every state and visit unusual tourist attractions,” recalled Gilmore in an article written on Habitat.org.
Gilmore has worked on five builds with Habitat’s RV Care-A-Vanners the first four months of 2018, and he plans to volunteer at the 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
“My new goal is to volunteer with Habitat on every continent. I don’t know if there is a local Habitat in Antarctica, but if they create one, I will probably go,” Gilmore predicted.
RV Care-A-Vanners is a Habitat volunteer program that invites “anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat part of your journey, or even your destination.”
There are many ways to volunteer as an RV Care-A-Vanner, whether you are a full-timer RVer or just want to spend your two-week vacation working on a build.
- Here’s how to register for a build.
- Find a scheduled build.
- Locate ongoing building opportunities.
- Train to become part of the Disaster Rebuild Team.
Photos: Courtesy of Darrell Gilmore’s Twitter account @H4HNomad.