ARI employees build strong community ties through Habitat for Humanity
When Dan Snyder and the Houston, TX team were looking for their first opportunity to provide support to their community through ARI, they came across Habitat for Humanity. Dan initiated ARI’s relationship with this incredible organization, and for the new call center’s first Saturday Day of Caring, a 14-member team spent their day off doing framing work on houses for families in need.
“It was overwhelming to know our efforts would go a long way to help a deserving family achieve the ‘American Dream.’ It was also awesome to watch friendships blossom among our staff that were mostly new acquaintances to each other and to see them taking on the ARI culture for community service as well.”
- Dan Snyder, TRC Service Technician
The Houston team piloted this ARI program with Habitat, and their example was quickly repeated by the 12-member Strategic Consulting team who also dedicated a Saturday in support of Camden County Habitat for Humanity® and the Cooper Plaza Project. Together they worked on six houses in Camden, NJ, completing various phases of construction from siding to finishing. Craig Neuber, Bill Doman and Melanie Murphy were leaders in organizing the team event.
“On our walk from the Habitat for Humanity office to the work site, the project manager pointed to one of their first projects, and it was evident that the residents were committed to sustaining the efforts with upkeep of their property. I also noticed that there was a genuine appreciation of the work being done in the community, witnessing the rapport that the project manager had with several neighbors calling out to him from their front doors.”
- Bill Doman, Manager, Strategic Consulting
Habitat for Humanity fosters economic empowerment and sustainable community revitalization. Volunteer builds are held Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm, with a lunch break at midday. The organization welcomes volunteers of all skill ranges, from novice to experienced volunteers.
So soon after ARI coordinated this as a team community service program for employees, the list of volunteers who’ve signed up to spend a Saturday building houses has grown past 50.