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VOLUNTEER CONSTRUCTION WORKER: I Use All Of My Talents

About this video 

Avamaria shares her story about working as a volunteer construction worker for her church. She describes what she has done for the church: from building the pulpit, to installing all the tiling and getting all the furniture. Avamaria also shares her career path as a school drop-out. She says she wasn't a very good student because she has dyslexia, but that didn't stop her from raising her four children as a single mom. Avamaria talks about all the different careers she's had and how they've all helped her. She also provides advice about how to use your talents to help others.

Job Title: Volunteer Construction Worker

Job Summary: Construction Laborers

Job Description

Construction laborers do a variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Although most laborers are generalists—such as those who install barricades, erect scaffolds, set up cones, and markers to control traffic patterns—many others specialize. For example, those who operate the machines and equipment that lay concrete or asphalt on roads are more likely to specialize in those areas.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Vary by Specialty.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Mathematical skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills
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m='11740'>my</span> <span m='12380'>skills</span> <span m='12800'>of</span> <span m='14080'>carpentry</span> <span m='14830'>that</span> <span m='15020'>I</span> <span m='15120'>have</span> <span m='15350'>learned</span> <span m='17310'>in</span> <span m='17470'>the</span> <span m='17620'>church.</span> <span m='18110'>We</span> <span m='19020'>did</span> <span m='19230'>a</span> <span m='19300'>lot</span> <span m='19540'>of</span> <span m='19700'>the</span> <span m='19960'>tiling.</span> <span m='20480'>We</span> <span m='20560'>did</span> <span m='20700'>all</span> <span m='20860'>the</span> <span m='20980'>tiling</span> <span m='21400'>here.</span> <span m='21860'>Put</span> <span m='22190'>all the</span> <span m='22360'>tiling</span> <span m='22870'>in,</span> <span m='23250'>yes.</span> </p><p><span m='24080'>I've</span> <span m='24250'>gotten</span> <span m='24570'>all</span> <span m='24790'>the</span> <span m='24860'>furniture,</span> <span m='26680'>chairs,</span> <span m='27180'>I</span> <span m='27230'>mean,</span> <span m='27580'>delivered</span> <span m='27950'>them</span> <span m='28250'>and</span> <span m='28640'>everything.</span> <span m='29690'>Looked</span> <span m='29880'>for</span> <span m='30100'>them.</span> <span m='30510'>All</span> <span m='30850'>of my</span> <span m='31040'>resources</span> <span m='31890'>that</span> <span m='32460'>I</span> <span m='32590'>have</span> <span m='32850'>on</span> <span m='32990'>Craigslist,</span> <span m='33970'>everywhere,</span> <span m='34355'>the paint</span> <span m='34740'>and</span> <span m='35060'>everything.</span> <span m='35860'>And</span> <span m='36060'>so,</span> <span m='37000'>I</span> <span m='37150'>use</span> <span m='37480'>everything</span> <span m='37920'>that</span> <span m='38060'>I</span> <span m='38140'>have,</span> <span m='38440'>I</span> <span m='38590'>use</span> <span m='38890'>it</span> <span m='39420'>for</span> <span m='39800'>the</span> <span m='39900'>glory</span> <span m='40240'>of</span> <span m='40480'>the Lord.</span> </p><p><span m='41100'>I</span> <span m='41440'>had</span> <span m='41940'>four</span> <span m='42170'>children</span> <span m='42800'>early</span> <span m='43360'>in</span> <span m='43880'>life,</span> <span m='44640'>and</span> <span m='45640'>as</span> <span m='45950'>a</span> <span m='45980'>result</span> <span m='46540'>of</span> <span m='46760'>it,</span> <span m='47430'>I</span> <span m='47790'>dropped</span> <span m='48050'>out</span> <span m='48150'>of</span> <span m='48210'>school.</span> <span m='49260'>And</span> <span m='50540'>mainly</span> <span m='50990'>I</span> <span m='51180'>dropped</span> <span m='51450'>out</span> <span m='51530'>of</span> <span m='51610'>school</span> <span m='51920'>because</span> <span m='52530'>I</span> <span m='52640'>had</span> <span m='52860'>dyslexia.</span> <span m='54510'>And</span> <span m='54670'>I</span> <span m='54720'>was</span> <span m='54940'>not</span> <span m='55230'>good</span> <span m='55450'>in</span> <span m='55570'>school.</span> <span m='56430'>So,</span> <span m='58320'>during</span> <span m='58490'>the</span> <span m='58560'>course</span> <span m='58800'>of</span> <span m='58900'>having</span> <span m='59180'>my</span> <span m='59320'>children,</span> <span m='60860'>I had</span> <span m='61330'>gotten</span> <span m='61580'>divorced</span> <span m='62100'>and</span> <span m='62600'>all that stuff.</span> <span m='62980'>And,</span> <span m='63260'>you</span> <span m='63350'>know</span> <span m='63860'>that's the</span> <span m='64140'>story</span> <span m='64530'>of a</span> <span m='64610'>lot</span> <span m='64879'>of</span> <span m='64980'>women.</span> <span m='65790'>But</span> <span m='66230'>I</span> <span m='66370'>kept</span> <span m='66650'>on</span> <span m='66840'>going.</span> <span m='67420'>And</span> <span m='67710'>so,</span> <span m='68670'>even</span> <span m='68990'>though</span> <span m='69200'>I</span> <span m='69300'>didn't</span> <span m='69680'>get</span> <span m='70350'>main</span> <span m='70820'>jobs</span> <span m='71370'>with</span> <span m='71560'>applications</span> <span m='72240'>and</span> <span m='72320'>stuff</span> <span m='72620'>like</span> <span m='72790'>that,</span> <span m='73010'>I</span> <span m='73070'>got</span> <span m='73320'>jobs</span> <span m='73740'>where</span> <span m='74340'>I</span> <span m='74490'>could</span> <span m='74710'>use</span> <span m='75050'>my</span> <span m='75230'>talents</span> <span m='76180'>with</span> <span m='76330'>my</span> <span m='76450'>hands.</span> </p><p><span m='77520'>So</span> <span m='77940'>I</span> <span m='78400'>worked</span> <span m='78700'>at</span> <span m='78780'>refineries.</span> <span m='80055'>I</span> <span m='80420'>worked--</span> <span m='82050'>I</span> <span m='82140'>was</span> <span m='82360'>a</span> <span m='82610'>mechanic.</span> <span m='83680'>I</span> <span m='83870'>worked</span> <span m='84430'>as</span> <span m='84910'>a</span> <span m='85450'>carpenter,</span> <span m='87000'>plumber,</span> <span m='88720'>electrician.</span> <span m='91870'>I</span> <span m='92130'>was</span> <span m='92490'>a</span> <span m='92960'>forklift</span> <span m='93210'>driver,</span> <span m='94270'>senior</span> <span m='94890'>loading</span> <span m='95240'>operator,</span> <span m='98150'>a</span> <span m='98310'>hairdresser.</span> <span m='100250'>So,</span> <span m='100660'>I</span> <span m='100820'>mean,</span> <span m='101180'>everything</span> <span m='101830'>that</span> <span m='101970'>I</span> <span m='102050'>could</span> <span m='102330'>find</span> <span m='102640'>my</span> <span m='102810'>hands</span> <span m='103100'>to</span> <span m='103180'>do.</span> <span m='103430'>When</span> <span m='103570'>you</span> <span m='103650'>have</span> <span m='104180'>four</span> <span m='104410'>kids</span> <span m='105020'>and</span> <span m='105480'>you're</span> <span m='106140'>the</span> <span m='106240'>main</span> <span m='106480'>source</span> <span m='107110'>of</span> <span m='107320'>income,</span> <span m='108120'>you</span> <span m='108290'>have</span> <span m='108750'>to</span> <span m='108950'>be</span> <span m='109210'>able</span> <span m='109420'>to</span> <span m='109780'>do</span> <span m='110100'>whatever</span> <span m='110510'>comes</span> <span m='110780'>up.</span> <span m='111150'>And</span> <span m='111370'>now</span> <span m='111660'>I'm</span> <span m='111780'>using</span> <span m='112150'>a</span> <span m='112230'>lot</span> <span m='112450'>of</span> <span m='112550'>my</span> <span m='112880'>abilities</span> <span m='113590'>that</span> <span m='113780'>I</span> <span m='114180'>have</span> <span m='114370'>learned</span> <span m='115380'>over</span> <span m='115480'>the</span> <span m='115580'>course</span> <span m='115850'>of</span> <span m='115930'>my</span> <span m='116040'>life</span> <span m='116660'>inside</span> <span m='117100'>this</span> <span m='117540'>church.</span> </p><p><span m='118110'>Definitely</span> <span m='118840'>don't</span> <span m='119070'>let</span> <span m='119280'>anything</span> <span m='119700'>stop</span> <span m='120100'>you.</span> <span m='120780'>If</span> <span m='120940'>you</span> <span m='121060'>want</span> <span m='121280'>to</span> <span m='121340'>be</span> <span m='121540'>able</span> <span m='121720'>to</span> <span m='121810'>do</span> <span m='122470'>something</span> <span m='123460'>and</span> <span m='124600'>to</span> <span m='124750'>your best</span> <span m='124910'>ability,</span> <span m='125760'>the</span> <span m='125900'>best</span> <span m='126240'>way</span> <span m='126410'>to</span> <span m='126520'>do</span> <span m='126760'>it</span> <span m='126850'>is</span> <span m='126980'>to</span> <span m='127090'>help</span> <span m='127540'>somebody,</span> <span m='127905'>is</span> <span m='128270'>to</span> <span m='128449'>help</span> <span m='128740'>others.</span> <span m='129860'>Help</span> <span m='130070'>your</span> <span m='130190'>community.</span> <span m='131260'>Help</span> <span m='131430'>somebody</span> <span m='132000'>that's</span> <span m='132410'>trying</span> <span m='132920'>that</span> <span m='133580'>may</span> <span m='133850'>not</span> <span m='134090'>have</span> <span m='134460'>the</span> <span m='134570'>same</span> <span m='134860'>skills</span> <span m='135200'>that</span> <span m='135380'>you</span> <span m='135550'>have.</span> <span m='136760'>Bring</span> <span m='137030'>them</span> <span m='137170'>along</span> <span m='137750'>and</span> <span m='138050'>help</span> <span m='138320'>them</span> <span m='139300'>develop</span> <span m='139750'>their</span> <span m='139920'>skills</span> <span m='140340'>as</span> <span m='140500'>well.</span> <span m='141000'>So,</span> <span m='141340'>all</span> <span m='141620'>the</span> <span m='141710'>things</span> <span m='141910'>that</span> <span m='142040'>I've</span> <span m='142170'>learned,</span> <span m='142790'>it's</span> <span m='143040'>really</span> <span m='143300'>good,</span> <span m='144650'>because I'm</span> <span m='144940'>using</span> <span m='145250'>them</span> <span m='145350'>all.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297216,"video_id":"2746064733001","name":"1277-Avamaria-p-VolunteerConstructionWorker","duration":146124,"thumbnail_url":null}});