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2018-03-05 Print

Newly Formed Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Habitat Young Professionals Club (HYPC) Revs Up

HYPC Appoints Committee Leadership and Launches Two “Young Leaders In Action” Fundraiser Initiatives In March


Following a spirited holiday-timed kick-off when local young professionals “mixed and mingled for meaningful mission”, the newly formed Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Habitat Young Professionals Club (HYPC) is poised for leadership and growth in 2018. The HYPC has grown its membership and is in active recruitment, and has appointed club committee leadership. It has also scheduled two upcoming volunteer-in-action fundraisers, one to assist with much-needed Hurricane Irma roof and home repairs and home sliding work in Collier County and a first-ever HYPC home build on Saint Patrick’s Day in Boynton Beach.

The affiliate’s new Habitat Young Professionals Club, is being reconstituted by HFHSPBC Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Mohamed Abdalla, is for young professionals aged 40 and under who will have the opportunity to help strengthen the South Palm Beach County community by joining in to support HFHSPBC’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, community and hope in the cities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. For a membership donation of $25 - $100 per year, HYPC members will enjoy an array of social and networking events, two members-only events and numerous HYPC Build fundraising and neighborhood revitalization volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

“This new Habitat Young Professionals Club has been created to draw together young professional ‘good deed doer’s’ as leaders, volunteers, advocates, educators and donors with humanitarian opportunities both in our own backyard and in 70 countries around the world,” shared HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen.

Abdalla adds that “As done when building a Habitat home, a group of engaged, passionate individuals can make a significant impact. Our Habitat Young Professionals Club is all about bringing together talented young leaders who want to be community stakeholders through shared and meaningful purpose. We look forward to uniting to help empower families while finding a sense of personal fulfillment through our giving back.”

HFHSPBC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing by building simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with families, our community and local organizations. The organization helps low-income, hard-working families
in South Palm Beach County community break the poverty cycle with a life-changing “hand up, never a hand out” that includes an affordable, zero interest mortgage made possible through HFHSPBC’s Fund for Humanity. All of the families who qualify and purchase homes through
Habitat earn their mortgage by fulfilling 500 hours of sweat equity and completing educational classes to prepare them for success as an empowered, new homeowner.


Founding members and HYPC leadership is comprised of a small, dedicated team that heads up (HYPC) to plan mission related signature events, and bring young professionals together.

Club leadership includes Chair Jonathan Clark (PNC Bank), Vice Chair Dustin Grizzle (Berkowitz Pollack), Fundraising Chair Mickey Zitzmann (AD Henderson University & FAU High School), Communication & Marketing Chair Sean Carroll (Simon Coral Square Mall), Special Events Chair Amanda Ellis (Oceans 234), Membership Chair Anil Jaipersaud (First Citizens Bank) and Secretary, John Novoa (ThriventFinancial).  Founding club members include Brett Romeo (Interstate Cleaning Corporation), Chad Capraro (Rubin Wealth Advisor), Garry Madolid (Signature Flight) and Russell Kreutter (Hidden Harbor Capital Partners).

Heading West To Support Habitat for Humanity of Collier County: March 8-9
HYPC members will “go west” to support the needs of peer HYP affiliate: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. Participation fee of $150 per person includes shared hotel accommodations at Springhill Suites and transportation. Breakfast is included.

On Thursday, March 8, HYPC participants will work with the siding crew leaders to install exterior components of the home, responsible for the middle phase of construction, which includes installing vinyl siding, soffits, insulation, and other moderately labor-intensive tasks.  On Friday, March 9, HYPC volunteers will help with Hurricane Irma recovery work repairs on homes moderately damaged by the storm, including minor roof repair. Volunteers will be paired off with crew leaders to patch and shingle damaged roofs.

Habitat Young Professionals Saint Patrick Day Build, Saturday, March 17
HFHSPBC seeks local young professionals to participate in the first ever HYPC Build for which each individual HYPC Builder commits to raise or contribute $500 to help underwrite construction materials to build a home for a hard-working, low income Habitat Partner Family in South Palm Beach County. Along with the fundraising goal, each participate has the opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon onsite, building alongside the Habitat Partner Family who is earning their home. HYPC Builders are encourage to hold receptions to raise funds, create social media campaigns, etc. Recognition will be given to the Young Professional who raises the most funds.

To learn more about joining HYPC or participating in a “Habitat Young Professionals Build” or community revitalization project, contact HFHSPBC Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Mohamed Abdalla at or call (561) 819-6070 to sign up.

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