In what ways did you volunteer your time?
H: As I mentioned previously, I was involved with Habitat Campus Chapter at Philadelphia University. I was Volunteer Coordinator my junior year and the Chapter President my senior year.
I also coordinated and attended two Habitat alternative spring break trips for Philadelphia University. I still carry the alternative spring break experiences with me because we were able to have a week of building. That building was being done side-by-side with the Habitat families. That by far was the most rewarding experience I have ever had during volunteer work.
Some specific events include…
H: Parking Day is an annual global event where people can temporarily transform street parking spaces into a public park. It is to bring awareness to our community that a small 170sf spot can have a positive impact in our day-to-day environment if it is replaced with art, green space, etc. I am currently on the ReStore committee, and in 2017, the committee led the ReStore’s participation in Parking Day. We built a greenhouse comprised of a variety of windows that had been donated to the ReStore. In our parking spot, we placed the greenhouse on sod and filled it with flowers, plants and areas for the public to sit. We were fortunate enough to get a spot in the business section of town and got great exposure to that community. We then were able to sell the greenhouse to further support Habitat’s work.
I have also been involved with the Flea Market Furniture Flip, now annual event that is coordinated with IIDA (International Interior Design Association). We based the concept off the TV show, Flea Market Flip. Local design firms create teams and select items from the ReStore to creatively “flip” (improve) the item, which is then auctioned off at the main event. All the work to the item is done live, during the event, which creates an interesting design challenge for the teams. I think this event is a very important partnership that Habitat’s ReStore has made with IIDA because it brings awareness to the Philadelphia design community about Habitat Philadelphia and ways to get more involved.