Volunteering: A Family Affair
Since 2005, Wendy Brewer has eagerly filled nearly any volunteer role needed at Partners In Housing. She’s served eight years on the Board and lead fundraising efforts during times when staff was thin and often you’ll find her (and her family) volunteering at PIH events—whether it be present-wrapping or playground-building. She’s truly done it all, ever since she happened upon Partners in Housing at a Lacey Leadership event in 2005.
“Partners In Housing helps people become part of a community—there’s always a need for housing, but it’s the services and community opportunities that really make Partners unique.”
Wendy has always been impressed by nonprofit staffers—and especially by the hard work and dedication of the Partners team. Despite her day job practicing law, she’s learned a lot about serving a diverse group of people, business, and even real estate. And it’s not just herself—she brings her family along to events like cookouts and holiday happenings. One moment that stands out is the completion of the playground at Colonial Park.
“At the end of the project, the kids brought out a huge banner that said, ‘Thank You!’ Seeing the finished playground really makes the whole property seem like a home—somewhere you can raise kids—it really has transformed the whole place.”
Wendy wants others to know that there is always a need for more help at Partners in Housing. The homeless population in Indianapolis still hovers above 2000 people—and the average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 8 years old. By tying services and community to housing, Partners is helping to heal the chronic nature of homelessness, and there are still many more units to build and fill!
Wendy is also active in Brown County’s Happy Hollow Children’s Camp. She helped connect the two organizations, and recently PIH was able to give kids scholarships (and even camp supplies!) to attend the week-long, sleep-over camp.
“We can’t cure all the root causes of homelessness—but we can alleviate the pain by providing services and support.”