Stewarding the boundless talents of those who serve alongside Habitat Wake is a distinct honor, and this is certainly the case in the legacy of Si Seiler, a long-time member of our Force of Habitat who passed away earlier this month.
Two weeks ago, just as our Habitat Wake employees were preparing to have a celebratory in-person staff meeting for the first time in a year and a half, news of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus added new complexity. It was a massive letdown after missing the opportunity to gather safely for such a long time. We acted in each other’s best interests, pivoting to a virtual meeting, banding together and refusing to be deterred in our mission.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, we interviewed volunteer family Faith and Ken Hyer to find out what they enjoyed most about volunteering with Habitat Wake. Ken is Faith's uncle and they've been involved with builds for several years. Here's what they had to say:
Habitat Wake is thrilled to take a look back at fond memories of working with St. Augustine's University, one of the nation's longest-standing Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) as part of our #FoundingFriday series.
They are an esteemed ally in affordable housing, and our partnership with them remains active through our Episcopal Build.
During a weather emergency, where you live and the condition of your home is critical.
Even though it quickly downgraded, Hurricane Florence has deeply affected the coasts of North and South Carolina and is hitting communities hard. Widespread flooding, debris, loss of power, and downed trees threatened homes, livelihood, and well being.
Agnes Penny, who recently retired from Cardinal Gibbons High School after 24 years of service, is responsible for cultivating thousands of teen-aged Habitat volunteers. As the school’s director of outreach, she connected students with opportunities to serve in the community. Every Cardinal Gibbons senior -- an average of 350 every year -- volunteers on Habitat Wake’s build site.
And after 24 years with the school, Penny exclaims, “That’s a lot of children!”