Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas is able to build strength, stability, and self-reliance because of our dedicated volunteers. Jeff Hearne of Little Rock is one such volunteer, and we have been blessed to have him on board for over 13 years. A Little Rock native and father of three, his hobbies include exploring the state in the family RV. His fantasy dinner party includes Jesus Christ, Earnest Hemingway, and Harry Truman. Sounds pretty interesting to us!
Hearne has a full plate, but he still takes the time to help others in a variety of ways. Read on to hear his thoughts on mentorship and being a good neighbor.
Q: Jeff, how long have you been involved with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas?
A: I have been on the board for a while now, and have been involved since 2003. The mission inspires me as does the way the organization strives to fulfill that mission. It’s about giving someone a hand up – it’s not a hand out. Our partner families pitch in just like we do and put in their sweat equity. That makes working with Habitat for Humanity a great way to help people. Providing an avenue for families to buy a safe and affordable home is one of the most impactful ways to be a good neighbor. Helping people have safe homes is one of the most loving things a person can do.
Q: How does working at JPMS Cox allow deeper community involvement?
A: At JPMS Cox we are always looking for ways to serve the community. We have several young people who are just out of college on our staff. We encourage them to get involved with different organizations and they end up creating wonderful events like “ReStore & After.”
Q: Why is community involvement so important?
A: On a personal level, it provides purpose in your life to go beyond your life and your family. We have to be mindful to reach out and see what’s going on in other people’s lives. This effort towards connection grows our empathy for those around us.
Q: In what other ways do you support younger JPMS Cox staff?
A: We have a mentoring program and that touches many different areas including work/life balance and community involvement. We want the young staff to have that sense of balance as they grow in their lives and careers.
Q: Did you have any mentors as a young professional?
A: One of our former partners, David Mosely, was very involved with local nonprofits. I always respected how much he gave of himself. He was one of the first people professionally that showed me how important it was to give back.
We at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas are so blessed to have thoughtful and dedicated board members. Each and every one of them brings their own special gifts to the organization, as do the rest of our hardworking volunteers. If you are interested in joining the Habitat team as a volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.