Helping to Build a Community

IXL Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

November 25, 2014


Life at IXL

On November 15, a group of IXL employees traded in our laptops for hard hats to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Armed with hammers, nails, and even jackhammers, we spent our day learning new skills, bonding with our colleagues and making a difference in the community.

The work that we IXLers did that day was to help build Habitat Terrace, a development in the Oceanview neighborhood of San Francisco. Expected to open to residents in 2016, the project will provide safe and affordable housing to 28 families. Many of us had never even held a hammer before, but volunteered to give back to the community – while others, like senior software engineer Dave Bemiller, wanted to apply their construction skills to a good cause. “I’ve done a bit of construction in third-world countries,” said Dave, “and I really enjoy building things.”

After checking in and listening carefully to a safety briefing, we broke out into smaller crews. Each team had a leader who explained and demonstrated the task at hand and stepped in to help when necessary. The IXL crews worked on various parts of the building site, from moving piles of gravel to make way for a foundation; measuring, cutting and installing siding; adjusting and straightening walls; and carpentry work such as building frames for heating and cooling vents.

The work was tough, and could even be frustrating at times, but the IXL team kept at it and supported each other – and by the end of the day, we were able to leave with a huge sense of accomplishment.

“Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity was so much fun! It was hard work, but it was rewarding,” said operations assistant Sarah Aguilera. “I am so excited to see the final product and for the families that get to move in!” 

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and their volunteer opportunities, visit!

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All Comments (6)

Sophia November 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm



Mary November 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Great work 🙂


Quanderious Phillips December 15, 2014 at 8:53 am

how do I sign up as an student!!


The IXL Blog December 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi Quanderious, are you interested in using IXL as a student? You can have your parents purchase a subscription here: – or, you can practice 20 problems a day for free at!


Emma February 24, 2015 at 4:31 am

Thank you for your hard work


rrtHornton August 8, 2016 at 8:18 am

When i notice your program i just said ahh thats what iam interested in for my thoughts and ideal subjects i would like to share with the world plus i have a middle school age daughter that i would like to achieve an excel in her learning thank you for your program i will stay in contact .


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