Volunteers make Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities, and hope possible. While many people will build one time through their workplace, church, or civic organization, some keep coming out to the build site to give their time and talent for our homebuyers. These are volunteers like Brian McGreer. Brian receives workplace VTO (volunteer time off) as a benefit and spends many of those hours on a Habitat build site and is also a member of the Habitat Young Professionals chapter. Read more about Brian and his experience as a volunteer below!
Q&A with Brian:
You are a committed volunteer for Habitat and we are so grateful! What is it about Habitat that keeps you coming back?
“I really enjoy working with fun and kind people to give back to the community. I feel a real sense of accomplishment after a day of volunteering.”
Our volunteers often tell us they learn something new every time they volunteer – whether that’s a Habitat fact or a new skill. What’s something new you have learned while volunteering?
“Put your paintbrush in a plastic bag when you take a lunch break. It keeps the paint from drying in the brush without having to clean it before you’re done for the day.”
If you had to use three words to describe your volunteer experience with us, what would it be?
“Worthwhile, rewarding, and fun.”
What is your favorite thing about being a Young Professional volunteer?
“Helping to stand up the Young Professionals group has given me the chance to meet a lot of great people, and to expand the volunteer base for Habitat to help the affiliate grow.”
What advice would you give to those looking to get involved with Habitat?
“Just do it! Don’t be afraid to volunteer. There are so many different ways to contribute, there’s always something you can do. If you’ve never done the type of work, they’ll teach you. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills while helping your community.”
Is there anything else you’d like to add about your volunteer experience with Habitat?
“The entire staff of the Greater Indy affiliate is amazing! Seriously, those people rock. They’re so nice, and fun, and good at their jobs. It’s great working with them!”
Thank you, Brian, for all that you do to build strength, stability and independence through homeownership!