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Mark Ogland-Hand

Mark Ogland-Hand

Mark Ogland-Hand is the faith and individual giving manager at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. Mark has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years in various roles including volunteer, construction site supervisor, and fundraiser. Mark is part of the Habitat International Interfaith development team. 

     Most people who work in social service or economic development know the "babies in the river" folk tale. It has a few variations, but essentially the storyline is as follows:

     The residents of a village are gathered by a river for a picnic when someone notices a baby in the river, struggling and crying.  

     The villagers’ panic subsides as someone successfully saves the baby; but to their horror, they notice another screaming baby in the river. Before they know it, more and more babies come down the river. Fortunately, the villagers are up to the task and quickly organize their efforts. Some people are in the water and others take care of the babies on land. But as the work continues unabated, several villagers stop working and run upstream.

     "Where are you going?" shouts one of the rescuers. "We need you to help with these babies!"

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