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.