UNION — Local volunteers received updates regarding resources available through Habitat for Humanity.
The purpose of Saturday’s meeting was to begin an orientation process for four new board members with little or no prior experience with Habitat for Humanity.
Greg Thomas, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates (SCAHA), joined the meeting and led a discussion of “Habitat from the ground up,” giving volunteers and board members a unique opportunity to look behind the scenes at how Habitat for Humanity operates on the local and state levels.
Thomas began his career with Habitat for Humanity after participating in two Jimmy Carter Work Projects in the late 1990s. His career locally began when he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors at Sea Island Habitat, and then in 2001, assumed on-the-ground Construction Manager responsibilities at East Cooper Habitat in Charleston, a position he held for nine years. From 2009 to the end of 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Sea Island Habitat affiliate.
“It was a great meeting and revealed a host of new resources that I knew nothing about from my previous board experiences,” said the Rev. Keith Morrison.
Thomas summarized the potential he sees with the SCAHA:
“Habitat affiliates throughout the state do so much to improve the lives of so many people, but through collaboration and cooperation we can do more. Our goal for SCAHA is to provide a base for that collaboration and build awareness of or efforts and successes throughout the state.”