Putting on a Different Hat. 100+100: Habitat For Humanity
Aug 5, 2014
Here at Centerline, we tend to wear a lot of “hats” – animator, art director, strategist, vice president, doer, maker. Last week, five Centerliners got to put on a different hat, spending their workday volunteering at Hope House, a Habitat for Humanity of Wake County community partner. Hope House, located in the East End of Wake Forest, is an outreach center that provides various resources to the town’s youth and those with special needs, as well as serving as a communal space for events.
The 100+100 program allows Centerliners to spend a day working with one of six nonprofits – or to choose an area organization on their own. With so many options, what made Habitat Wake really stick out to these Centerliners?
“I wanted to do something tactile where I could see the fruits of my labor at the end of the day and know they would be put to good use in helping someone else,” said Andy Spain, Senior Motion Graphics Designer.
Dave Hyatt, Editor, had worked with Habitat for Humanity before and wanted to continue supporting its incredible mission vision – a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
“I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how much of the day I spend sitting, so I really wanted the chance to do something physical, and outdoors,” said Erin Grohs, Director, Activation Strategy.
Getting Things Done
Producing work for clients is rarely a one-day thing. It requires days, weeks and sometimes months of planning and preparation, not to mention the creation and eventual delivery. Like Andy, Dave appreciated how quickly things are produced working with Habitat for Humanity.
“It felt good to start something and finish it on the same day,” said Dave.
So what’d their day consist of? The five, including John Lane, Vice President of Strategy & Creative, and Art Director Derick Childress, broke out the tools, tied on some construction aprons and got to work. They sawed lumber, hammered together window frames, as well as worked on finishing walls, sliding and installing fascia on an outdoor space.
Eventually, the work completed by these Centerline employees will provide storage space to use for the Community Food Pantry, Read and Feed literacy program and Back-to-School events.
“The Habitat build was a unique opportunity to see Centerline’s ‘work hard’ ethos come alive in a different environment, applying our collaborative approach and problem-solving savvy to a new array of tasks,” said Andy.
“I believe in paying it forward and take a lot of happiness in knowing that I’m helping improve the community…one piece of siding at a time,” said Erin.
A Continuing Partnership
Our work with Habitat for Humanity will continue, as many more Centerline employees will volunteer in September at other opportunities in and around Wake County.
“I’m looking forward to hearing about the progress from future Centerline volunteers,” said John. “It’s an honor for us to partner with an organization that is so committed to building and repairing homes and other spaces within our community.”