Until Next Time...

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This summer, our Development Department was fortunate to have the help of Brady Riley, a talented, and good-spirited student intern who came to our affiliate from New York University. Looking to "gain professional experience", Brady devoted his energy and focus to learning what it would take to be an asset to a community-based, human services centered organization. At Habitat, he was pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about the affordable housing crisis, and what organizations like Habitat are doing to be a vehicle of solution. Likewise, Habitat was equally as excited to have Brady's gift for language on our team. 

 

Though we are sad to see Brady go, we know he will go on to do wonderful things in the future!

Thanks and farewell Brady!

Final Farewell 

By Brady Riley, Marketing and Communications Intern

I am finishing up my summer internship at Habitat for Humanity as a Marketing and Communications Intern. The entire staff, from volunteers to full-time, have made this a welcoming experience and enabled me to take everything I possibly could away from my time here. Aside from my own passion for giving back to the community, the energy and care these individuals put into their work and creating the best environment for each person who is in need is inspiring everyday. As well as the people that are in need are not given a house, but become financially empowered and manage their own mortgage as well as working off their “sweat equity”.

Like most other marketing interns my days were comprised of taking photos, planning out social media posts, and drawing up graphics for sales and new marketing campaigns- a relatively standard job. However, the purpose of these tasks almost got lost in the action of doing them until I had my first visit to one of the project sites. In the peak of a hot August day, as I walk up in a button down shirt with a camera in my hand, there are volunteers and full-time supervisors sweating through their shirts and covered in dirt from a hard day of work smiling back as I arrive. As I talked to them more it became clear that they were not just building houses. They were building homes, a Habitat community in the middle of a town, where four families will grow and share stories, build a better life, where their children will play outside together. As much as I gained experience in marketing I learned what it really means to be a member of the Habitat for Humanity team; I learned that it is much more than a house, but enabling everyone to attain the stability and comfort we all crave with a real home.

-Brady Riley