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    Posted June 30, 2014 by
    Edingburg, Texas

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    Giving Back By: Geovani Ramos, Jesus Ramirez, & Daniel Lopez

    It is rare that things in life are just handed to you with nothing in return. Nothing in life is free; it’s either you pay up front or you pay in the long run but it is never just given to you. When you work for something in life, it gives you more individuality because you accomplished something for yourself. Due to your hard work, the prize you get at the end is all that much better. For example, a home improvement organization that builds and remodels homes for low income families ,Proyecto Azteca, requires that the family living in the house partakes in builiding their home.

    The program requires the family to put in 500 sweat equity hours, which means they must participate in building their home for that certain amount of time. This helps the family obtain a sense of pride for their home, and it makes the family want to maintain their home since they put their own sweat into the house. Not all the people applying for Proyecto Azteca are in the condition to serve the hours that the program requires for them. Some people are either disabled or elderly, but even those people have to find a way to give support to the program. That’s where volunteers come in -- they complete the hours for those who are incapable of doing so.

    The volunteers work on certain jobs that fit their specialities in the task at hand. For example, some of the volunteers could help put up a window that is needed in a home, or help reconstruct the wood on the exterior of the home. Also other jobs included painting the house, cleaning up the debris of the broken home, maintain a garden in their yard and other tasks to help with the rebuilding of the home.

    In order to have their house fixed, the families need to make payments of $250-$400 a month depending on the size of the home and depending on how long they finance the home. This payment helps cover the insurance and ensures that the house will maintain its stable condition. This shouldn’t be to difficult for the family since they will have few repairs and maintence expenses. This monthly fee is another example on how the family must pay back the organization for their help in building the house.

    In conclusion, Proyecto Azteca is a good example of giving back the services that are a privilege to have. It helps the people understand that when they want something in life, they have to put work into what they want to obtain in the end. This goes to show that nothing in life is just given without anything in return.
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