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.

 

 

 

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Anna Justice: Getting Started- Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity

The semester has just started, and I’ve already gotten off to a great start with my internship with Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity! I have officially been introduced to all the awesome staff at CAHFH and am so grateful to be interning with an organization whose staff is so committed to serving those in this community. The mission of Habitat is pretty powerful, and I am excited to get up each morning knowing that the work I’m doing may be a step closer to helping someone own their own home.

So- what does this look like for a Communication: Public Relations intern like myself? As of right now, I’ve gotten off to a fun start working with Laura Ann Mann, CAHFH’s wonderful Resource Development Manager. Recently, we have been working on donation letters. This entails looking up past and present sponsors of CAHFH, thanking them for their generous support, and asking them for continued support as we begin searching for the funds to build four Habitat homes for our Collegiate Challenge coming up March 9-14.

Collegiate Challenge will be such a fun and busy week, where about 100 college students from all over the U.S. come to Columbus on their Spring Break and build four Habitat homes. We met today and finalized some of the complex details Collegiate Challenge requires but also some of the the fun aspects such as “Taco Tuesday” for dinner.

Collegiate Challenge 2014

Collegiate Challenge 2014

Also, on May 8- CAHFH will be hosting A Feathered Affair, where locals in the community decorate birdhouses, butterfly, and bat houses, and guests bid! Joseph House Art Gallery is gracious enough to let us host this exciting event at their beautiful gallery. It’s spacious rooms and beautiful artwork everywhere will add great ambiance for our event.

Joseph House Art GalleryThat’s a wrap on this week at CAHFH! I am loving it here and am excited to keep planning for these great events.