By Guest Blogger and long-time Habitat volunteer Karin O’Connor
When asked by Rebecca Lucero, Policy Manager for Twin Cities Habitat, if I would like to take the opportunity to share with the legislators from my district at the State Capitol about why affordable housing matters to me, I said, "Yes, why not!" (Pictured right: Cassie, Karin, Rep.Erhardt, Rep. Hausman, Rebecca)
I had previously been a part of one "Day on the Hill" through Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity a number of years ago, and even though it was a little intimidating to take that step, it was an incredible experience. (For more information about this year’s Habitat OFF the Hill, click here!)
It was time to take the next step. Why?
While volunteering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for the past nine years, teaching classes and serving on the Dedication Committee, I saw the life-changing difference it made in the lives of the homeowners and their families to have a home of their own.
Last Thursday, I went to the new Senate Office Building to share with Senator Barbara Goodwin and the State Office Building to see Representative Connie Bernardy. I shared with them about Habitat’s partnership with the Homes for All alliance and their 2016 bonding request for $130 Million.
|Left: Rebecca, Sen. Goodwin, Karin, and Cassie; Right: Karin and Rep. Bernardy holding up their Habitat HOMEr Hankies!|
Having only a few minutes with each of them due to their busy schedules, I shared my passion to make affordable housing a matter for all people. Their willingness to listen and enthusiasm for this bill were such an encouragement to me.
Rebecca and Cassie were with me for support, information and encouragement. It was a positive experience and I would do it again! Together we can make a difference.
Now it’s your turn – visiting your legislators and telling them in person why they should support homes for all has an enormous impact! To set up your meeting or learn more about this, email or call Cassie at 612-305-7102.