Stephanie Harris got involved with Habitat for Humanity in high school and has continued to be a driving force in raising up the next generation of volunteers for Habitat Kent. Stephanie is currently the president of Habitat Young Professionals of Kent County, which is a group that helps support Habitat Kent’s work through volunteerism and giving. HYP also provides a platform for networking and fellowship for young professionals through service.
“My position is trying to get everyone equipped with what they need,” Harris said. She serves as a liaison between the group and Habitat Kent staff in order to most effectively create opportunities for service and fundraising.
Harris has been around Habitat for many years locally and in her hometown of Cincinnati, giving her a unique perspective on the impact of Habitat.
“Everyone is coming because they're looking for something,” Harris said. “People connect and people find community and people get houses in safe places.”
When Harris went to college she actively pursued involvement with Habitat Kent that led her to join HYP as a student. Harris said her connection to Habitat as a student and now as a young professional has changed her view on unity and serving with others.
“I’ve become more aware of the beauty of diversity.”
HYP will be hosting their 4th Annual Build-a-Spike Volleyball Tournament on June 18th at the Score in Grand Rapids. This will be an opportunity for corporations or groups to sponsor a team, have fun, meet new people, and raise money for Habitat Kent. Email Membership@hypkc.org if you’re interested organizing a team, sponsoring a table, or donating a silent auction item.
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