Meet Our 2022 Beyond the Build Luncheon Emcee: Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright, evening anchor and reporter at KIRO7 News, will emcee this year’s Beyond the Build luncheon on Thursday, June 2 at the Washington State Convention Center.  No stranger to Habitat for Humanity, Aaron volunteered with the Rockford, Illinois chapter during his first TV news position upon graduating from Hampton University.

Since then, Aaron’s journalism credentials include an Emmy he earned for best evening newscast in San Antonio, Texas, where his news coverage included the deadly Gatlinburg Wildfires of 2016.  His reporting consistently leans toward service to the people in his stories. Aaron’s takeaway from covering those fires is, “People lost a lot, but we were able to get out and show the reality of what they were going through and help the community by making sure they weren’t forgotten when the fires were over.”

Aaron’s attitude toward service as the foundation of his work makes him a perfect emcee for Beyond the Build 2022. Aaron believes journalism is service and, at its best, it uplifts the community, exposes corruption, and helps people in need. It’s that attention to people in need that inspired Aaron to jump at the chance to emcee Habitat’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Aaron has worked at two TV stations that sent volunteer teams to Habitat builds, and he was impressed by the outcomes. “When I think about Habitat, I think about seeing families walk through their new homes for the first time. The joy they show is like no other.”

Newly arrived in Seattle, Aaron’s journalism career has taken him from his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina to Rockford, Illinois, San Antonio, Texas and Knoxville, Tennessee. He’s happy to be here in Seattle working with “…a team that takes news seriously.” He enjoys sharing the city’s great parks and the region’s hiking trails with his wife and two daughters.  Of course, there is the seafood, “Between oysters, clams, crab, and salmon I am in heaven here.”

In keeping with his joy of service, Aaron is passionate about children of color learning to swim, “Black kids drown at a really high rate compared to others.” His first job as a YMCA lifeguard showed him the value of water skills in saving lives. He also supports animal adoption because he’s seen “… how much they (rescued pets) can help an owner live a really full life, while saving theirs.”

The bottom line for Aaron Wright is community connection and storytelling.  He’s sure to bring that spirit to his emcee duties on June 2 and his partnership at the head table with keynote speaker Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century author Jessica Bruder. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time – please do so here: Beyond the Build Luncheon Habitat SKC. We hope to see you there!

2022 Beyond the Build Virtual Book Club – May 12

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You’re invited to our second-annual virtual Book Club! This year’s Luncheon Keynote speaker will be Jessica Bruder, author of the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, which inspired the Academy Award winning movie of the same name. Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive.

We will be hosting a virtual book club meeting with a guided discussion, and invite you to add your voice as we talk about how housing insecurity, low wages, and lacking support systems impact our community.  

Thursday, May 12th from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom

*Please note, the Book Club will cover the entire book, but whether you’ve read the book, seen the movie, or are just interested in learning more, we encourage you to join the discussion! 

To get a copy of the book, please check out your local library, or an independent bookstore in your neighborhood! https://www.seattlemet.com/arts-and-culture/a-guide-to-independent-bookstores-in-seattle 

Find out More about the book- https://harpers.org/archive/2014/08/the-end-of-retirement/

Beyond the Build Luncheon 2022

Beyond the Build Luncheon 2022

Thursday June 2 | WA State Convention Center

Mark your calendars for our annual Beyond the Build Luncheon!

Join us as we gather at our luncheon on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, where we’ll celebrate accomplishments, look to the work ahead, and honor longtime supporters.

As more families in Seattle struggle to keep a roof over their heads, Habitat and our supporters step up to provide safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

Women Build 2022 April 30-May 7

Get ready for Women Build 2022!

Women Build is a community of Seattle-King County women and organizations coming together to empower one another, make an impact, and change lives. The women of King County fund projects, build homes, and revitalize neighborhoods working side-by-side with our homeowners and volunteers.

We are excited to announce our schedule of events for this year’s Women Build. We hope you will join us for one or more of our events! Thank you all for stepping up to empower women and build an affordable future for families in King County!

Highlights from Women Build 2021

Check out all the photos from the event here

Find our news coverage on KIRO7 here

Celebrating 20 Years of Unity: Interfaith Build

Habitat for Humanity strives to exemplify what can be accomplished when we work together, and this year’s Interfaith Build, which began on Saturday, September 11 at our La Fortuna (Renton) site, was a perfect model of that kind of teamwork and community. A poignant day of remembrance for many, Interfaith Build 2021 commenced on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Thirty-five volunteers and members of several different faith groups gathered to build both homes and bridges between communities.

group photo of InterFaith Build

Initiated in response to 9/11 under the name “Together We Build,” dozens of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other faith groups have come together each year to build for the community, overcome the cultural divisions that rise in the wake of violence, and to practice building a better world together. More than 50 faith communities have participated in Interfaith Builds with Habitat SKC since 2001.

The 35 volunteers hailed from a variety of regional faith communities, including St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Seattle; Bothell United Methodist Church; University Unitarian Church in Seattle; Holy Rosary in West Seattle; North Shore Church in Kirkland; Church of Jesuit Christ of Latter Day Saints – Eastside; Holy Family in Kirkland; and numerous religious (but unaffiliated) individuals. All came to support Habitat for Humanity as part of its annual Interfaith Build.

Volunteers, working in small groups led by Americorps helpers, spackled and painted the La Fortuna buildings, as well as made repairs to one existing resale home in a previously completed La Fortuna building nearby.

The morning build began with a blessing by led by Andrea Liggett from Holy Family in Kirkland.  Lunchtime speakers included Gary Fallon, Habitat for Humanity board member, faith committee member and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; Vince Stricherz , founding member of Interfaith Build and longtime Habitat volunteer, member of Interfaith Committee and member of Holy Names Catholic Church; and Joel Feldman, former Habitat corporate and faith relations director, Jewish – unaffiliated.

Stricherz pointed out that Christians are in the Season of Creation (Sept. 1 – Oct. 4) and how this year’s theme, “A Home for All,” was fitting. Feldman spoke about how this Interfaith Build event timed with Rosh Hashanah (New Year); he shared sliced apples and honey with the group, a Jewish custom that symbolizes the hope of a sweet New Year. He also spoke to KING-TV, explaining the history of Interfaith Build and its significance in bringing all faiths together for a common cause.

Additional upcoming Interfaith Build dates include Friday, Sept. 17 & Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Learn more about Interfaith Build.

We are inspired by our accomplishments when we work together and push forward as a team. Thank you so much to all the faith groups and volunteers making our 20th Anniversary Interfaith Build such a success!