The American Psychological Association (APA) is a long-time partner with Habitat for Humanity. We spoke with Deborah Farrell, Editor/Assistant Manager at APA, to reflect on APA’s involvement with Habitat. Here’s her perspective:
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. APA has always been very active in volunteering in the community, and the APA/DC Habitat for Humanity build day is our largest volunteer project. It allows us to give back to the DC community in a very concrete way. It also supports our core value of teamwork and our mission “to benefit society and improve people’s lives.”
October 19th will mark APA’s seventh build day with DC Habitat for Humanity. The build day is always a popular event, and there’s no shortage of APA staff members who volunteer each year—rain or shine (and in October 2011, snow!). We’ve dug ditches and foundations, weather-proofed many houses, measured and installed doors and stairs, heaved drywall into place, and performed many other useful tasks. Some of us have been lucky enough to have worked side by side with HfH homeowners who were there to provide sweat equity.
APA as an organization provides a public service through its involvement with DC Habitat for Humanity; APA staff members as individuals derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from knowing they’ve contributed and “made a difference.” We value our partnership with DC Habitat for Humanity and look forward to many more productive build days.
Thanks, APA, for all the work you do, and the invaluable contributions that you’ve made to DC Habitat!
By: Brittany Jezouit, AmeriCorps VISTA