ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work participants benefit not-for-profits across the country while in the Transition2Work program. Participants are able to heal from their work-related injury while helping their community’s local not-for-profit – a true win-win!

One of the not-for-profits we work with is Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut. We work with Habitat for Humanity across the country but we sat down with Amanda Shanks, Director of Program Services for this local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International to learn how Transition2Work participants impact their mission.

Briefly describe your organization’s goals for the community you serve.

Our Mission Vision is ‘A world where everyone has a decent place to live.’ Our Mission Statement is ‘Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.’

We work to build homes in partnership with families in need so that they can realize safe, decent and affordable housing. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity.

We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live.

How has your experience been with ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work participants?

It has been very good. We have had participants who have helped in many meaningful areas within the organization.

We aim to match a role up with the volunteer. In a multifaceted organization like ours there are many different opportunities to make an impact in our community. Transition2Work participants have worked in the ReStore helping to manage the donation pick-up program and even helped in the office.

In your opinion, how does the injured worker benefit from participating in T2W or volunteering in their community?

They are able to stay engaged in the working world in a way that is compatible with their current physical needs. They often meet new people in the role and learn new skills as well.

What is the most important message that you would like to relay to the readers about your organization?

Homeowners are currently being selected for the Habitat for Humanity program for homes throughout Eastern Connecticut. Anyone interested in applying should learn more at www.habitatect.org.

What is the best way readers can sign up to volunteer?

Anyone interested in volunteering can begin as soon as tomorrow. We have opportunities on our construction site and at our ReStores every week. For steps on how to get started volunteering visit www.habitatect.org and click the volunteer tab for more information, or contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@habitatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext. 215.

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