Habitat for Humanity Capital Region Hosts HYP Launch Party
Monday, April 25, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
Capital Region chapter engages Millennials with new Habitat Young Professionals
Habitat for Humanity Capital Region officially kicked off its Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) chapter with a launch party on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Lansing Brewing Company. Representatives from the local affiliate and the HYP chapter shared with the young professionals in attendance the benefits of joining HYP.
“At the core of this group are some really awesome, really dedicated people. I started volunteering for Habitat through work, but as I spent more time with them, the more I wanted to be around them. They really made me want to step up my game. I always say that when people join Habitat, they come for the people and stay for the mission,” said Mariah Harrison, WLNS TV 6 reporter and Habitat Capital Region board member.
The purpose of HYP is to engage and utilize volunteers of all ages who are passionate about giving back to the community 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 and mission of Habitat Capital Region.
“We’ve been seeing a pattern in Lansing where once students graduate from Michigan State University or another college, they take jobs in cities like Chicago and New York, and they don’t stay in the area,” said Vicki Hamilton-Allen, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region’s executive director. “We have many students that work with Habitat at MSU and we’ve found they don’t know where to go from there in terms of volunteering. HYP will give those students, who are now young professionals, an opportunity to connect with the community and will hopefully give them more of a reason to stay – it’s not necessarily THE solution, but it will definitely help.”
HYP chapter members receive the following benefits and more:
- Networking opportunities
- Leadership opportunities such as joining the HYP council or mentor new chapters
- Access to scholarships, grants and international travel
- Access to training and resources designed to help recruit, engage and mobilize members
“Habitat Capital Region is in this dynamic state of growth right now. We’ve gone from serving Lansing, East Lansing, Haslett and Okemos for the last 29 years to now serving all of Ingham County. Plus, we’re moving into serving Eaton as well, so bringing on HYP is going to help us to spread our mission even further,” added Hamilton-Allen.
For more information about Habitat Young Professionals or to join, visit habitatcr.org/get-involved/habitat-young-professionals or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out HYP’s Facebook page – Capital Region Habitat Young Professionals – or Tweet at us @CapRegionHYP. Mark your calendars for an upcoming HYP 2016 event, Rock the Block, from July 18-22 in Old Town.