We're excited to kick off our Partner Spotlight series with Briana Fullwood from Habitat for Humanity NYC. They're planning to build 250 homes in NYC by 2020 - check out the Q&A below to see how you can get involved with this awesome organization.
What is the mission of Habitat for Humanity globally and, more specifically, in New York? Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in 70 countries around the world. Habitat International’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat NYC works toward this vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home. Our mission at Habitat NYC is to transform lives and communities by building quality, affordable homes with families in need, and by uniting New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.
How did you become involved with this organization? I began working for Habitat NYC in 2015 on our corporate partnerships team. I previously volunteered with the organization and was excited to learn of the opportunity to help bring affordable homeownership to New Yorkers. I currently manage Habitat NYC’s relationship with its corporate partners.
Can you talk about the work Habitat for Humanity does and the program or programs you run? Habitat NYC works in all five boroughs. We build single-family and multi-family housing to provide families with the foundation for a stable future and we preserve homes to provide multi-generational, affordable long-term housing.
What do you spend most of your time on? The majority of my time is spent cultivating and stewarding corporate partners. Corporate partners have the opportunity to organize company volunteer team build days and sponsor many other aspects of our projects.
What is the best way people in New York can get involved and help Habitat for Humanity? Habitat NYC builds year-round and there are many ways to volunteer including individual and group opportunities. Visit habitatnyc.org/volunteer for more information.
What are your goals and Habitat for Humanity's NYC goals for the next three to five years? Habitat NYC plans to build and preserve 250 homes by 2020. With the help of thousands of volunteers each year, we work to create a stronger and more unified New York.
Make sure to check out our Volunteer Page for opportunities to give back with Habitat for Humanity NYC.