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     This month marks the beginning of my second AmeriCorps term year at Habitat Kent. I have the privilege to tell our partner family's stories via social media, our blog, etc. I feel honored to remind people of the ‘why we do what we do’ here at Habitat.

     Last week, Habitat Michigan generously provided a scholarship for me to attend the Affiliates In Motion conference in Lansing, Michigan. The AIM conference brings affiliates in Michigan together for a three-day conference to collaborate ideas, network, and discuss how we can best serve Michigan together.

     I processed a lot of information in that three days, and I wanted to share some lessons and ideas that would be relevant to you and allow you to get to know the “deceptively complex” Habitat for Humanity.

     Two words kept coming to mind while at the conference, “collaboration” and “action.” Collaboration is working together to achieve something greater than one can accomplish alone. It’s what makes working in the nonprofit world great.

     The second word that I saw manifested at the conference was action. Over the past year and at the conference, I noticed how much Habitat is actually doing, instead of simply discussing. Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller sums it up well when he stated that Habitat, “Aggressively demonstrates God’s love through all that we do.”

     I serve through communication, so I’m always learning and adjusting to technology and its changes. I attended a breakout session titled, “Going Deeper with your Social Media.” Echo Media, a marketing company that works with Habitat Detroit presented and I learned new innovative strategies for social media. Throughout the session, I thought to myself, “this kind of event doesn’t happen enough.” It was refreshing to know that we can be in the same room, talking about best practices, encourage one another, and realize why we’re all here. And that reason is to aggressively love our families.  

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(Echo Media member and Habitat Detroit homeowner Sylvia Hubbard shares her social media tips)

     I learned another in-depth lesson of collaboration when I attended a breakout session titled “Christian Rationale for InterFaith Work.” Habitat involves people of all faiths while at the same time is a distinctively Christian organization.

     During the presentation, I found a lot of clarity when we reviewed Habitat’s mission statement, which is: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” Notice it doesn’t say bringing Christians together, but people. Furthermore, the presenter Doug Murrell emphasized that love is our common universal language. We also studied Matthew 5:9 in the Bible where Jesus states, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” You don’t have to look very far to notice that there is religious tension throughout the world and even Grand Rapids. When we come together to make peace by serving right next to one another, there’s something incredibly spiritual about that. And there’s a difference between keeping peace and making peace.

     Discussions rose in the interfaith session and there was deliberation about how to best to create InterFaith work. At that moment, I raised my hand for a rhetorical question, “Why would faiths stick to their own action when we can accomplish something of greater impact together?” Doug made sure to pause for a bit, then he slowly repeated a phrase so everyone in the room would remember. “The need is so great that we have to be inclusive.” It’s all about action. How can we best seek to put God’s love into action? We can manifest more of God’s love together than we can separate.  

     So what’s the end goal in the nonprofit world, in business, and in our everyday lives? Are you collaborating with others through action or sticking to your own thoughts because that’s what you’re comfortable with? The need is too great. How can you live out collaboration today?

Click here for more information about serving with AmeriCorps.

 

This month marks the beginning of my second AmeriCorps term year at Habitat Kent. I have the privilege to tell our partner family's stories via social media, our blog, etc. I feel honored to remind people of the ‘why we do what we do’ here at Habitat.

 

Last week, Habitat Michigan generously provided a scholarship for me to attend the AIM (Affiliates In Motion) conference in Lansing, Michigan. The AIM conference brings affiliates in Michigan together for a three day conference to collaborate ideas, network, and discuss how we can best serve Michigan together.

 

I processed a lot of information in that three days, and I wanted to share some lessons and ideas that would be relevant to you and allow you to get to know the “deceptively complex” Habitat for Humanity, because I’m still learning.

 

Two words kept coming to mind while at the conference, “collaboration” and “action.” Collaboration is working together to achieve something greater than one can accomplish alone. It’s what makes working in the nonprofit world great.

 

The second word that I saw manifested at the conference was action. Over the past year and at the conference, I noticed how much Habitat is actually doing, instead of simply discussing. Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller sums it up well when he stated that Habitat, “Aggressively demonstrates God’s love through all that we do.”

 

I serve through communication, so I’m always learning and adjusting to technology and its changes. I attended a breakout session titled, “Going Deeper with your Social Media.” Echo Media, a marketing company that works with Habitat Detroit presented and I learned new innovative strategies for social media. Throughout the session I thought to myself, “this kind of event doesn’t happen enough.” It was refreshing to know that we can be in the same room, talking about best practices, encourage one another, and realize why we’re all here. And that reason is to aggressively love our families.  

 

I learned another in-depth lesson of collaboration when I attended a breakout session titled “Christian Rationale for InterFaith Work.” Habitat involves people of all faiths, while at the same time is a distinctively Christian organization.

 

During the presentation, I found a lot of clarity when we reviewed Habitat’s mission statement, which is: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” Notice it doesn’t say bringing Christians together, but people. Furthermore, the presenter Doug Murrell emphasized that love is our common universal language. We also studied Matthew 5:9 in the Bible where Jesus states, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” You don’t have to look very far to notice that there’s a lot of religious tension throughout the world, and even Grand Rapids. When we come together to make peace by serving right next to one another, there’s something incredibly spiritual about that. And there’s a difference between keeping peace and making peace.

 

Discussions rose in the interfaith session and there was deliberation about how to best to create InterFaith work. At that moment, I raised my hand for a rhetorical question, “Why would faiths stick to their own action when we can accomplish something of greater impact together?” Doug made sure to pause for a bit, then he slowly repeated a phrase so everyone in the room would remember. “The need is so great that we have to be inclusive.” It’s all about action. How can we best seek to put God’s love into action? We can manifest more of God’s love together than we can separate.  

So what’s the end goal in the nonprofit world, in business, and in our everyday lives? Are you collaborating with others through action or sticking to your own thoughts because that’s what you’re comfortable with? The need is too great. How can you live out collaboration today?

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In my short time here at Habitat, I've been inspired by the numerous amount of stories of hardworking volunteers, families, and staff. My prayer is that in my position as Community Outreach and Marketing Assistant, I can do these stories justice. 

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