Volunteer Spotlight: Ari Hodes

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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