Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Burnikel

November 18, 2015: Meet Habitat volunteer, Chris Burnikel!

Chris has been an enthusiastic volunteer and member of Habitat’s marketing committee for over a year now. Chris and other marketing committee members work to guide and develop Habitat’s marketing strategy, to design communications and marketing collateral, and to plan and promote events.

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Chris first became interested in Habitat after taking an ‘alternative spring break’ during his senior year of college at the University of Pittsburgh, where he and a group of other students spent a week building with the New Castle County Habitat affiliate in Delaware. “I knew a little bit about HFH beforehand, but I didn't have a true grasp of the organization or mission until I experienced it for myself; then I became completely enamored with it,” says Chris. “Housing security is one of the most important things for a family to have, so the fact that HFH achieves that in a sustainable, empowering way is very compelling.” 

Serving as the Corporate & Foundation specialist for the Neighborhood Academy, Chris has a strong background in nonprofit marketing and thus contributes valuable ideas and insights to the committee.

In his spare time, Chris also volunteers with the United Way's free tax-preparation program in the winter. His other interests involve movies, sports/exercising, reading, and “eating his way through Pittsburgh.”

A huge thank you to Chris for all his hard work!


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