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First Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Stops in Parkersburg

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Update: 11/6/13 7:14 pm

From Americus, Georgia to Central America, he’s the very first Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

They work with people of all faiths.

"To build and get houses,” says Clive Rainey, whose U.S. speaking tour brought him to Stout Church in Parkersburg. “We like to say that Christianity is our center, it is not our boundary."

Those who hear Rainey speak call him an inspiring man.

"I think he's walked along the way from Habitat's beginnings in the mid-70s; it's just great to have that history,” says Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity.

He's an army veteran; teacher and humanitarian who fostered the concept of "sweat equity."

"I’ve done everything from repairing the old houses that started as our headquarters to typing letters and asking people for money and speaking for Habitat,” Rainey says. “These days I build houses."

The organization is well represented.

According to Phillips, Clive is a great spokesperson for Habitat.

“He lives in Guatemala now so he doesn't get back to the U.S. very often, but when he does it's great that we could get him here."

Rainey is modest about being the first volunteer.

"In the movement of Habitat -- a great day will be the last volunteer,” he says. “The one who lays the last block or nails the last nail, steps back and has the great privilege of saying, 'now everybody on earth has a decent place to live.'"

Clive is heading to the next stop on his U.S. speaking tour, to share inspiring stories about his years with Habitat and continue his mission work.
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He's the very first Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

Now his mission takes him to Guatemala

Clive Rainey is an army veteran, teacher and humanitarian who started with Habitat in 1977.

He fostered the concept of "sweat equity."

Wednesday he made a stop in Parkersburg at Stout Church on his U.S. speaking tour, sharing inspiring stories about his years with the organization.

"I've done everything from repairing the old houses that started as our headquarters to typing letters and asking people for money and speaking for Habitat," Rainey says. "Now these days I build houses in Guatemala with groups."

He also serves as a translator in Spanish for them and on the board of the Habitat Guatemala affiliate.

Rainey is modest about being the first volunteer and says in the movement of Habitat a great day will be the last volunteer -- the one who lays the last block or hammers the last nail, steps back and has the privilege to say, 'now everybody on earth has a decent place to live.'


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