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Volunteer Spotlight: Ari Hodes

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Meet Ari, a dedicated volunteer with Greater Indy Habitat! Since Ari’s first-time volunteering back in 2016, he has contributed over 200 hours to the mission of Habitat. His commitment comes from a deep interest and passion for affordable housing. For Ari, being a part of Habitat isn’t just about swinging a hammer; it’s about making a real difference in people’s lives.  

As an overall Habitat champion, Ari has participated in many ways. He participated with his faith community in our Interfaith Build, has been a member of the Habitat Young Professionals group since its inception, and served on the Young Professionals Leadership Team last year. One standout memory for Ari is the Ag Build at the State Fair. Working on the roof and using power tools was a thrill, and it’s not something he gets to do every day. It’s moments like these that make volunteering with Habitat so special. 

What does Ari like most about volunteering with Habitat? It’s hands-on, it helps people, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and socialize. Volunteering isn’t just about work; it’s also about connecting with others who share a passion for making a difference. That’s one of the main reasons why Ari continues his involvement with the Habitat Young Professionals. Yes, there are plenty of opportunities to be active and make a difference. However, Ari really loves the chance to learn about the larger issues surrounding affordable housing. Since he has been involved with Habitat, Ari has gained knowledge and passion about how to be a better advocate in our community.  

In three words, Ari describes his volunteer experience with Habitat as fun, informative, and satisfying. It’s a fulfilling journey that leaves him feeling good about the impact he’s making in our community.  

For anyone thinking about getting involved with Habitat, Ari’s advice is simple: plan ahead and sign up. It’s a fun experience that’s not only rewarding but also a great way to give back to the community. 

Are you a Young Professional (ages of 21-40) and passionate about making a difference in your community? Join our Habitat YP group!  

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lukas Gogis

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Let us introduce you to Lukas, another of our rockstar volunteers! Lukas has been volunteering with Greater Indy Habitat since 2017. One of his favorite parts of volunteering with Habitat is the physical aspect of the work. He says that the volunteer day is immensely satisfying; there is a clear and tangible result at the end of the day’s efforts. Lukas says that he always has the opportunity to try out a new tool he hasn’t used before or learn a different project.  

Lukas has had the opportunity to volunteer alongside his company, Eli Lilly. He loves the fact that his company values being involved in the community and appreciates all the benefits that come with that commitment. Lukas enjoys getting the opportunity to get to know his coworkers outside of the office. As a team building event, Lukas believes that there isn’t anything else that can compare to the experience on a Habitat build site. Everyone gets the chance to work hard for a purpose and have fun while doing it. His team still tells stories and shares nicknames from their volunteer days in past years.  

So, what keeps Lukas coming back to volunteer with Habitat year after year? For him, it’s more than just swinging a hammer; it’s about being part of a meaningful cause with a clear mission – providing housing and hope for families in our community. Over the years, Lukas has come to realize how rigorous the Habitat Homeownership Program is for the homebuyers rather than his previous misconception that Habitat simply gives homes away. 

For Lukas, volunteering with Habitat is a fulfilling experience that can be summed up in three words: fun, team building, and fulfilling. He appreciates how his efforts directly impact his local community, knowing that someone will ultimately benefit from the work he’s contributed. He’s all about making a difference in his community, one nail at a time. 

So, for anyone thinking about getting their company to partner with Greater Indy Habitat, Lukas has got some advice: just go for it! You won’t find a better way for your team to experience a sense of camaraderie, the chance to step outside one’s comfort zone, and an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community. Want to learn more about what a corporate partnership with Greater Indy Habitat looks like? Check it out!  

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2023 Build Partner of the Year

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We are happy to announce our 2023 Build Partner, J.M. Allen Enterprises, LTD!

We extend our gratitude to J.M. Allen Enterprises, LTD for the incredible behind-the-scenes impact they have made during our build season. Their support and dedication have played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of our mission. Thanks to their partnership, countless families now have the opportunity to realize their dream of owning a home. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to building stronger communities and brighter futures. Thank you, J.M. Allen Enterprises, LTD, for making a difference in the lives of so many.

2023 Legacy Church Partner

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Congratulations to our 2023 Legacy Church Partner, Northminster Presbyterian Church!

Join us in celebrating our 2023 Legacy Church Partner, Northminster Presbyterian Church. We are thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize and honor our partners who have demonstrated support for our mission. Northminster Presbyterian Church has been instrumental in bringing together members of their congregation and neighbors in our local community to help build homes and foster hope. Their dedication and commitment to serving others have made a significant impact, and we are thankful for their continued partnership. Thank you, Northminster Presbyterian Church, for being a beacon of light in our community.

2023 Legacy Corporate Partner

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Join us in celebrating our 2023 Legacy Corporate Partner, GEODIS!

We are delighted to announce GEODIS as our 2023 Legacy Corporate Partner. For nearly six years, GEODIS has been an invaluable supporter of our mission, not only through their financial contributions but also through the dedication of numerous volunteers. Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of families in our program is truly commendable. We are grateful for their support and for the meaningful ways in which they have walked alongside the families we serve, embodying the spirit of partnership and community. Thank you, GEODIS, for your commitment to building homes, communities, and hope.

2023 Volunteer of the Year

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Thank you, Lisa, for serving your community with Habitat!

We are thrilled to announce Lisa Enright as the recipient of our 2023 Volunteer of the Year Award. Lisa’s dedication and tireless efforts have truly set her apart, as she consistently brings a contagious spirit of enthusiasm and positivity to the build site and to fellow volunteers. Her countless hours and boundless energy have made an impact on our organization, inspiring others to give their best and contribute to our mission of building homes and communities. Lisa’s commitment to service and her support are truly commendable, and we are grateful for her invaluable contributions. Congratulations, Lisa, on this well-deserved recognition!

Habitat University Education Center

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Habitat University Education Center

Take a tour through our newly renovated Habitat University Education Center, proudly sponsored by Merchants Bank IN. We are thrilled to unveil this revitalized space, made possible through their generous partnership. We are excited to continue providing aspiring homeowners with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. We look forward to empowering even more individuals on their path to homeownership in our newly upgraded center.

Volunteer Spotlight: Christy Jacobi

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Habitat Donor & Volunteer for 20 years
Three words she uses to describe her experience with us: Authentic, Fun, Educational

At Habitat, we often find our most dedicated supporters are those who not only contribute financially but also roll up their sleeves on the build site. Christy embodies this spirit wholeheartedly. Her journey with Habitat began in 2005 when she and her husband, Jim, made their first donation with a commitment to invest locally and help families build generational wealth through homeownership.

As Christy’s involvement deepened, so did her passion for making a tangible impact. In 2021, she began volunteering, often bringing along her children Andy, Sara, and Ryan. For Christy, volunteering was about immersing herself in the Habitat experience, meeting future Habitat homeowners and learning about the education and sweat equity homeowners commit to in the program.

Christy has built memories with each of her children on the build site. On a hot summer day, she and her son Andy worked side by side with Rod, a family friend and Habitat Tiger, feeling both tired and inspired by the end of it. When she was on site with Sara, they installed siding alongside Erica, a 2023 Habitat Homeowner, who shared her enthusiasm for owning a home where her children had more space to learn, play and grow. Recently, Ryan volunteered with her, and they had the opportunity to chat with Habitat staff to learn even more about the impact of their family’s continued support. For Christy, it’s about instilling in her children the importance of community, philanthropy, and investing your time in a cause you care about.

We are so grateful for Christy’s commitment to walk alongside Habitat families as they achieve their dream of homeownership. There are many ways you can get involved in Habitat’s work. Learn more here!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Keith Nonnenmacher

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Habitat ReStore Volunteer for 2 years
Three words he uses to describe his experience with us: Fun, Inspiring, and Meaningful

Meet Keith, a dedicated volunteer who’s been making a significant impact at the Fishers Habitat ReStore since 2021. Before joining the Fishers team, he started his Habitat volunteer journey at the Charlottesville Habitat Store in Virginia back in 2019. After relocating to Indiana, he dove into the world of the Greater Indy Habitat ReStores. Since his inception in 2021, Keith has generously contributed 730 hours to the Fishers ReStore, a testament to his unwavering commitment. His dedication didn’t go unnoticed, as he was recognized as one of the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award recipients, having chalked up an impressive 377 hours. 

Keith’s passion lies in working with his hands, building, and fixing things. At the Fishers ReStore, he’s taken on the role of lighting maestro, expertly assembling light fixtures. When asked about his motivation to keep returning to the ReStore, he emphasizes his enjoyment in working with both the staff and customers. Keith’s specific area of interest, donated lighting, brings him immense satisfaction as he artfully arranges the lights to make them appealing to customers. His favorite aspect of volunteering, however, is the interactions with customers as they unearth hidden treasures at the ReStore. Over time, Keith has built connections with regular customers, and he eagerly anticipates hearing about how a ReStore find integrates into their home improvement projects. 

When Keith shares advice for prospective volunteers, he emphasizes the ever-present need for help at the ReStore and encourages them to give it a try. He suggests that finding one’s niche within the ReStore can be an incredibly rewarding experience, adding that seeing the positive impact they can make may lead to more volunteering hours than initially planned. 

As for memorable moments, Keith modestly shares that his most cherished one was receiving the Volunteer of the Year award in 2022. It’s a testament to his dedication and the gratification he derives from his volunteer work. Keith’s journey is a true testament to the joy and fulfillment that volunteering can bring, not just to those he serves but to himself as well. 

We thank you, Keith, for being a true champion of Habitat and serving the community with us. There are many opportunities to give your time and talents within the ReStore. Click here to learn more about ways to get involved.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Janette Smith

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4 Year Tiger Team Member

What is your favorite hobby/project outside of Habitat?
Gardening, singing, spending time with my daughter & husband, riding my bike (though not as much as some of the Tigers.

What is your favorite Tiger memory?
Helping to build the 2 Women’s Build houses in 2020 both as a Tiger & a Women’s Build team leader was a great accomplishment, since the Women’s Build was a big part of why I became a Tiger. But every home dedication is a great thing.

Possibly my least favorite memory was my failed attempt to teach my new phone to fly while putting the ridge cap on a mini barn. Said phone landed face-down on the new concrete pad. It did make my case to my husband that I really should use a screen protector….

What did you do in your previous life (pre-Tiger Team)?
I retired from being an Environmental Consultant for about 7 years, after previously retiring from 26+ years doing a variety of things at Dow AgroSciences. But I’m a compulsive community volunteer, so a number of those activities (church, neighborhood, Second Helpings, etc.) have continued.

Who is one of your heroes and why?
I don’t have a single hero, though I admire anyone who strives selflessly to improve others’ situations.

Janette, your commitment and enthusiasm truly embody the spirit of giving back. Thank you for showing up for us in such a big way! If you or anyone you know is inspired by Janette’s story and want to learn more about the Tiger Team, click here.

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