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Guest Blog: Janelle | A Day on Site

6 Sep , 2013

I’d like to introduce our second guest blogger: one of our wonderful volunteers.  Janelle is a first year full-time MBA Candidate at NC State University’s Jenkins Graduate School. She has a BBA in Marketing from James Madison University. Most recently before starting business school at NC State, Janelle was marketing manager at Wilkinson Supply Company. She’s a lover of running and Pinterest. When not in class, you could probably find her exploring the restaurant scene in downtown Raleigh.

“When reviewing my schedule for the incoming NC State Jenkins MBA student orientation, I was excited to see that Habitat for Humanity was on the calendar. I have had the opportunity to work on Habitat for Humanity projects before, and I thought it’d be a great way to get to know the people I’ll be spending the next two years with — outside of the classroom.

So, at 7:30am on a hot Saturday morning, more than 50 NC State Jenkins MBA students gathered to assist with the completion of 4 different homes in Apex, NC. We met members of the Habitat for Humanity team and received an energizing welcome. We learned about the Habitat for Humanity organization, the impact the teams have had in Wake County, what is required of the homeowners and the type of work we’d be doing.

Armed with this new knowledge (and numerous reminders to drink plenty of water!), the first year MBAs and second year peer mentors made our way to the construction site. We caulked, painted, hung siding, installed doors and cleaned. It was nice to see people work together and teach one another, using their strengths to get the job done. Even better was taking time out as a team to be of service to others.  We had just experienced five days of NC State faculty and staff investing their time to help set us up for success. It was really great to come together as a class and pay forward that kind of support.”

27 JUNE 2013 | NORMA SMITH

27 Jun , 2013

Tomorrow, Norma Smith is retiring after serving 16 years with Habitat Wake.  Norma is Habitat Wake’s longest tenured staff member in our history.   Thousands of volunteers from near and far have interacted with Norma over the years and have been greeted by her as they came out to volunteer.  I always tell our staff that we are here to set the stage and enable the work of volunteers.   Norma’s work embodied that.  Everyone is welcome and everyone has something to give.

Norma joined the Habitat Wake team in 1997 as a construction superintendent after years in the teaching profession.  In the mid-2000’s she shifted over to our Volunteer Services team.  Most recently, Norma created a group of “hospitality volunteers” greeting other volunteers as they come to our construction sites and to our office.  The positive, relational spirit that Norma has shared with so many on behalf of Habitat Wake will live on in our work as her legacy.

Norma is motivated by her Christian faith and knows well what it means to welcome others in Jesus’ name.  She has lived that out each of the days she has served at Habitat Wake.  Norma’s daily presence with Habitat Wake will be missed and we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement, which based on her volunteer activities at her church and other places, will not be your typical “sit back and rest” type of retirement.  Godspeed, Norma, and thank you!


Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
2420 Raleigh Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27604-2235
Phone 919.833.1999
Fax 919.833.8256
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