A Feathered Affair & Other Fun Things- Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Anna Justice

We’ve been gearing up for our “A Feathered Affair” birdhouse auction. Local businesses, celebrities, and Habitat supporters decorate a birdhouse for others to bid on at our event, and all the funds go towards our construction fund so we can continue our mission of eliminating poverty housing in the Fountain city.

Last week, I was able to pick up our first birdhouse from Xpress Printing and Design, and they set the bar high. Isn’t it cute? They went into so much detail, from the garden hose on the side to the dog in the doghouse.

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Xpress Printing & Design’s birdhouse

It’s exciting to see how involved the community is as we get closer and closer to the event.

I was also posted on CAHFH’s Instagram and Facebook about this exciting event.

This week we also had the opportunity to speak on the “Unity with Pam” show. It was a great opportunity to share the vision of Habitat as well as share volunteering opportunities.

Unity With Pam show

Unity With Pam show

What a fun week!

Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- That’s A Wrap!- Anna Justice

Is it really my final post as an intern for Habitat?

This has been such a wonderful experience, and I have been blessed to be able to learn from such wonderful people at Habitat. It has flown by. I decided I would share my top three  favorite moments and/or things I’ve learned here to wrap up what’s been a great internship.

1) Firstly, the entire Habitat staff has been awesome to work with. I’ve loved getting to see all the different aspects that go into making Habitat run smoothly.

From our Executive Director to our Construction Manager to the Volunteer Coordinator, I have loved the relationships I’ve been able to build with all of these talented people.

More specifically, I am so thankful for the time I’ve been able to learn from Laura Ann Mann, CAHFH’s Resource Development Manager being that she was my main contact throughout this semester. She is incredibly smart, talented, kind, and creative. Not only did she get me a present on Valentine’s Day and bring me sweet treats to work all the time, she taught me valuable lessons that are critical in Communication, such as building strong relationships with those in the community, managing and creating creative content on social media, and developing great interpersonal skills. She’s taught me so much, and I’m grateful.

My Valentine's treat from Laura Ann Mann. Yes, it really does say you're all that in a bag of chips. So sweet!

My Valentine’s treat from Laura Ann Mann. Yes, it really does say you’re all that in a bag of chips. So sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Outreach at Midland Chick-Fil-A with Laura Ann.

Community Outreach at Midland Chick-Fil-A with Laura Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

2) Through Financial Peace University, being at the construction site on the weekends, and seeing them some in the office, I’ve loved getting to know the Habitat partner families. It’s been so much fun getting to know them and build homes together.

Laying shingles with some Habitat partner familes!

Laying shingles with some Habitat partner families on a Saturday!

3) I have loved the community involvement I’ve been able to witness through Habitat. With Laura Ann taking me under her wing, I have been able to visit the Dee Armstrong show, attend the Bar  Association luncheon, go along with Laura Ann to the “Unity With Pam” show, assist with Collegiate Challenge, our A Feathered Affair annual fundraiser, and so much more.  I couldn’t have picked a better internship. Thank you CAHFH for such a great experience.

 

 

 

The Blogosphere- Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Anna Justice

I could not have asked for a more perfect internship. At Columbus Area Habitat, assisting Laura Ann Mann (Resource Development Manager) with fundraising, blogging, and community engagement and relationships is what I love doing.

This week, I created a Facebook event for our fundraiser coming up on May 8 and added a blog to the event page this week.  Laura Ann suggested that by posting the blog in the event page,  we may be able to generate more traffic to our blog on a consistent basis. Learning about social media, specifically blogging, is so critical in Communication.

Being able to blog at Habitat has been a wonderful learning experience for me, and it’s been corresponding with what I’m learning in my courses perfectly. In my Writing for the Media course, we’ve been talking about so many different tactics and do’s and don’ts of blogging, and I’ve been trying to use this time at Habitat to really practice what I’ve been learning.

Also, when we have great companies come out and volunteer on the job site, we try to reach out to them through social media thanking them for their time and effort! After all, without volunteer work, Habitat would not be able to accomplish its mission. I posted several pictures of B&B Beverage Co. on Facebook thanking them for all their hard work. We were able to get so much done thanks to them!

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Event Planning- Columbus Area Habitat For Humanity- Anna Justice

I love my internship. And I don’t want it to end!

I am learning so much about community relations, organization, fundraising, blogging, and having fun while doing it all.

This week, I’ve helped Laura Ann (CAHFH Resource Development Manager) plan out all the steps we need to make to make sure everything is set up for our annual fundraiser A Feathered Affair. We have had some wonderful birdhouses already brought in from local celebrities and seeing the creativity from within the community makes the event even more exciting! There’s been lots of exciting things to do. We’ve found caterers. We’ve been able to get the beer and wine donated. We’ve created an online auction site so that people will be able to bid for a birdhouse they may want before the event even begins, created a Facebook event page, mailed invitations, and printed off flyers.

We had a fun surprise from some friends of ours this week and just in time to show their excitement for A Feathered Affair. We found this robins nest inside one of our homes that we’re building.  Laura Ann thought it’d be great to write a blog about it, and I was excited to be able to do that, as well as help her with other details as the event gets closer and closer!

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Event Planning- Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Anna Justice

I’ve gotten a little taste of what it takes to put together an event like “A Feathered Affair.” And I’m loving it.

I wrote a blog for Habitat this week giving the details about this great event to the public. We are having a birdhouse auction downtown at the Joseph House Gallery.

We’ve been working out the details of the event such as finding catering, getting tables, chair, invitations, tickets, and making sure birdhouses are distributed. Since we’re a nonprofit, we try to save money where we can so more of our budget can go to construction instead of overhead costs. And thankfully, we have generous sponsors in this community who have been willing to donate various things such as floral arrangements, tables, chairs, and their time and talents to decorate a birdhouse for the actual auction!

These were some of the birdhouses that were decorated by local Habitat supporters from the event last year. This whole process has been a great learning experience and also a lot of fun!

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Community Involvement: Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Anna Justice

As Laura Ann Mann (our Resource Development Manager) stated on CAHFH’S Facebook page, we have now become “hip.” We got an Instagram at Habitat, and I’m excited to have one more avenue to engage publics, especially millennials.  (Especially since Instagram is my favorite form of social media, so I am more familiar with it.)

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This picture was our first Instagram post. We went out to Seale, AL to visit “The Museum of Wonder.” Butch Anthony, a wonderful local artist, will be decorating a birdhouse for Habitat’s birdhouse auction.  We can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Laura Ann and I were listening to a webinar in the office the other day, and the topic was about engaging the community. Millennials, in particular,  have  a lot to give in terms of their passion and zeal for the causes they care about.

I want Habitat to be that cause. I really believe in the mission and the heart behind what we do. So creating this Instagram is just one more baby step towards getting involved in those who already volunteer at Habitat and even to those who are not familiar at all.

 

Anna Justice- Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Post Collegiate Challenge

This past week was Collegiate Challenge 2014. It was a huge success and a lot of fun. After weeks of preparation, we are closing this chapter. I sent out thank you letters to several people in the community who were so vital to the success of Collegiate Challenge. Several churches in the community hosted students, fed them, or let us use their venues.

In my Public Relations Management course, we are constantly being reminded how important relationships are within the community. Building and maintaining those relationships is essential.  A simple thank you note can go a long way, especially after all the work these different members have done for us.

Thank you letters

I also got the opportunity to write another blog on CAHFH website about Collegiate Challenge. We had several sponsors and writing this blog was just another way we could thank them.

Next on the horizon, in the not so distant future is “A Feathered Affair.” May 8 is our next big event and is a birdhouse auction. A couple posts ago, I shared photos of boxes and boxes of water bottles, ketchup, mustard, and other random things stored in Habitat offices.

These next couple of weeks, it’s going to be birdhouses in our office.

We’re ok with it though. It’s a sure sign that things are happening are at CAHFH, and we’re making a difference, one birdhouse at a time.

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