Forty Acts of Service for Forty Years of Service
For some, turning 40 can be fraught with anxiety or dread about being “over the hill” or past one’s prime. Not so for Community Housing Partners (CHP), which plans to face middle age gracefully by giving back to the communities that have helped support the organization over the past four decades, and maybe even have a little fun while doing so.
In celebration of 40 years of service, CHP launched an employee service campaign called 40 for 40. The initiative, which began on Earth Day, April 22, and will end August 31, is designed to engage all of CHP’s 400 staff members in at least one of 40 acts of service scheduled across CHP’s footprint in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida. By the end of the summer, 40 acts of service (or more) will have been completed—at least one for each year that CHP has been in operation. The 40 for 40 campaign includes a range of service activities such as donating blood, coordinating a food drive, planting a community garden, and more.
“This is the first time CHP has ever done anything like the 40 for 40 campaign and we’re very excited about being able to make an immediate and tangible difference in our communities while offering our staff, clients, and partners a variety of opportunities to reconnect with each other and the spirit of our mission,” said CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper.
Founded forty years ago by two concerned citizen activists who organized volunteer college students and faculty in Blacksburg, Virginia to perform minor home repairs for low-wealth families living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions, CHP has since expanded across seven states in the Southeast. Its lines of business now include real estate development, architectural design, construction, energy contracting and training, asset management, property management, realty and homeownership, and comprehensive resident services.
Since being founded in 1975, CHP has served 308,684 individuals, invested $235,486,845 in communities through real estate development activities, weatherized 25,685 homes, provided energy efficiency training to 34,944 people, created 766 new homeowners, and built a multifamily portfolio of 4,785 rental units.
“While we have grown quite a bit since our early days improving living conditions for impoverished Appalachian families, CHP’s mission to create homes and communities that are healthy, sustainable, and affordable is rooted in a basic but earnest commitment to service and to helping some of the Southeast’s most vulnerable populations,” remarked Casper.
To follow CHP’s 40 for 40 campaign, visit www.communityhousingpartners.org/40for40.