Volunteer Spotlight: Zach Britton, Crew Leader

Get to know one of our newest volunteer crew leaders!

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 Occupation: Zach Britton is currently an intern with the investment sales team at Colliers International, which he describes as “making markets.”

Working on: You can usually find Zach engaged in finish work across multiple sites, but he hopes to be more involved in the passive house construction in the future.

Involvement with Habitat: Zach began at Habitat right after graduating from Whitman College as part of the Family Selection Committee. The committee would interview families to ensure that they were a proper fit for Habitat and maintained all of the many credentials required to own a home. “I approved every family,” Zach says, “because who am I to say no to a family!”

Why Habitat? Zach credits his involvement with Habitat over a different organization because of his love of being outdoors. He comically tells me that all of his friends all think it’s court-ordered community service. Don’t worry – we promise it’s not.

Favorite thing about volunteering with DC Habitat: “It is hard to break out of cycles,” Zach explains. “Often individuals are faced with obstacles to success that they themselves didn’t create. Habitat tangibly solves this.”

When he’s not volunteering:
Outside of Habitat, Zach enjoys going to sporting events, playing sports, and hanging out with his friends.

Most rewarding day on site: Zach’s most rewarding day on site is testimony to some of the struggles of working with variously skilled volunteers. He recently had some naturally curious volunteers who were honest with their limitations, which was very helpful for him as a crew leader. It’s always best to be true to your skills, so no one gets hurt and more arduous tasks are completed by the experts.

Most difficult day on site: In February, we faced some pretty brutal days in DC. Zach made the mistake of wearing light clothing to the site during one of those days and with the harsh winds, he nearly froze!


Written by: Alix Eve Schram, Marketing and Development Associate

DC Habitat believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building (and rehabilitating) affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need.