Habitat for Humanity Capital Region adds Habitat Young Professionals Chapter
Monday, March 21, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
Capital Region chapter to engage the growing Millennial generation
Habitat for Humanity Capital Region has announced the addition of the Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) chapter to the local affiliate. Ben Rathbun, Independent Insurance Agent at Rathbun Insurance Agency, will serve as the HYP chapter’s chair.
The purpose of HYP is to engage and utilize volunteers of all ages to help accomplish Habitat for Humanity’s mission. Through this chapter, individuals age 21-40, will have an opportunity to work on leadership and development skills while giving back to the community. The group also works to educate chapter members and the local community about the work that Habitat does.
“The older volunteers in this organization have a wealth of knowledge that young professionals can appreciate and learn from,” said Rathbun. “These young professionals have the capacity to serve as leaders, volunteers, advocates and donors in this community.”
Rathbun hopes to inspire and connect Lansing’s young talent to Habitat’s mission of advocating on behalf of people in need of shelter and putting an end to poverty housing. HYP will serve as a resource to retain and connect young talent to opportunities, allowing them a positive outlet to give back.
“The HYP chapter is going to connect rising leaders to the resources in this community,” said Vicki Hamilton-Allen, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region’s Executive Director. “We are excited to see this chapter take off and make a difference in Ingham County.”
“My family’s insurance agency has always been committed to our community,” said Rathbun. “I am hoping to grow not only my personal network, but to assist Habitat for Humanity Capital Region in increasing their audience to include the growing Millennial generation.”
Habitat for Humanity Capital Region builds and sells homes to people in need of decent and affordable housing in Ingham County, Mich. Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is part of a global nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat was founded on the conviction that everyone deserves a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat for Humanity Capital Region has served more than 800 families throughout its 28-year history in greater Lansing. For more information, visit habitatcr.org.