Last Saturday morning, as white nationalists gathered for their march of hate in Charlottesville, a very different group of people were gathering less than a mile away. On that city’s Charlton Avenue, members of seven local churches had joined together to lay the floor trusses on the foundation of the community’s newest Habitat home.
Those Habitat volunteers—and thousands more working that same morning across the country and world—had come together to share a vision starkly different than those who seek to divide us. Our vision is one that is welcoming to all. Our vision embraces diverse views. Our vision knows that no matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. Our vision says that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.
As the forces of hate converged on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park to tear us apart, Habitat’s spirit of inclusivity and understanding were working to bring us together.
The racism, bigotry and violence on display sickened and saddened me. I know I join the Habitat community in rejecting that hate, because those actions and voices run counter to everything we believe. As a Christian organization that welcomes people of all faiths and no faith, inclusivity is who we are. It’s what makes us a strong community, and it’s those same values that make us a strong nation.
As a lifelong Christian, I want to be clear: the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK and their supporters who descended on Charlottesville have rejected the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Habitat for Humanity stands firmly against their words, actions and any suggestion that theirs is a legitimate grievance. We applaud and honor those who put their own well-being at risk to reject this hatred. We share in the nation’s grief in the tragic loss of Heather Heyer, whose life was taken while she was standing to protect others. We mourn for Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen III and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives while protecting and serving their community.
The hate-motivated acts we saw this weekend do not define us as Americans, or as citizens of the world. And they don’t define Charlottesville either.
Because even while that city grieves, there are forces of love hard at work. Later today, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville will break ground on a community of affordable housing that will give 14 families the opportunity for a better future. Dan Rosensweig, the CEO of this affiliate, shares these words:
We don’t have answers as to why the kinds of evil and hatred experienced in Charlottesville this week exist in the world, but we do know these three things: People who are swinging a hammer are not swinging a stick or a flag pole. When we are given the opportunity to work side by side with someone from a different background, we inevitably replace fear with a shared sense of purpose and humanity. And when we commit to listening without judgment, we all inspire people to be guided by their better angels.
Dan is right. Every nail hammered, every wall raised, is a rejection of hate and a step toward the future where everyone—irrespective of class, color or creed—has a decent life.
Benton Habitat for Humanity is currently searching for a very special person to fill our new Home Repair Coordinator position.
We don’t know who you are… yet… but we do know what we want in our perfect candidate. We are looking for somebody with a very particular set of skills. Skills acquired over the course of their career. Skills that make you a nightmare for any repair job, big or small.
Can you motivate volunteers? Coordinate jobs? Repair just about ANYTHING? This is the place for you!
The Home Repair Coordinator will be an instrumental part of our Benton Habitat Team. The Home Repair Initiative at Benton Habitat for Humanity has really taken off in the past few years. This is a VERY demanding job that requires an incredible attention to detail. In addition, everybody you work with on the job sites are volunteers. So, you’ll be training, motivating and supervising.
If a job like this sounds like a good fit, please read the full job description here:
If you ARE the person we are looking for, please send us a .pdf copy of your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please… no phone calls or walk ins. 🙂
Benton Habitat for Humanity, located in Corvallis, Oregon, is seeking a 30 hour a week BOOKKEEPER!
If you have bookkeeping experience and want to work for a nonprofit organization that really makes a difference in our community, we WANT YOU to apply!
Benton Habitat relies on our bookkeeper. From bills to Quickbooks to mortgages and everything in-between, we need somebody who is beyond organized. Really organized! AND… a bookkeeper who wants to make a difference.
This job is not just about the numbers. If you want to work at Benton Habitat for Humanity, you must be committed to our mission: Making decent, safe, affordable homes available to everybody. What does that mean? Sometimes you’ll be tasked with other projects like helping at events, stuffing envelopes, and making phone calls to stakeholders.
Please read the full job description here: http://bentonhabitat.org/…/up…/2017/04/Bookkeeper-041017.pdf
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, send a pdf copy of your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing your resumes!