Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Receives National Certification

Friday, July 14, 2017


Michelle Raymer
Volunteer Iowa
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Jenna Ekstrom
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity


Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Receives National Certification

Volunteer Iowa announces a new certified Service Enterprise organization

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteer Iowa announces the certification of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity as a Service Enterprise Organization by Points of Light and the Iowa Service Enterprise Initiative.

Managed nationally by Points of Light and statewide by Volunteer Iowa, the Service Enterprise Initiative is a proven, research-based model that equips organizations to leverage volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on their social mission.  It also diagnoses strengths organizations can leverage and challenges that need to be addressed to achieve sustainability.

“Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity fulfills its mission by building the bridges that bring together those that need a hand-up with those that want to make a difference.  The Service Enterprise training and certification raises our ability to build the bridge and connections that allow us to build homes, communities, and hope,” said Lance Henning, executive director for GDM Habitat.

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is only the 19th organization in the state to receive Service Enterprise certification and one of only four Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the nation. Habitat for Humanity completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training, consulting, and internal planning to better integrate volunteers into day to day operations.

Applications are currently being accepted for the next round of Service Enterprise training this fall. To learn more about Service Enterprise visit

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About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to

About Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Qualified families apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity based on three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. At closing, families purchase their home through an affordable mortgage. In addition to creating homeownership, GDM Habitat for Humanity is focused on neighborhood revitalization through the Rock the Block® program, which assists residents with repair, maintenance and beautification of homes. Rock the Block® efforts are focused primarily in neighborhoods where residents and other stakeholders agree to work closely with GDM Habitat to improve their community. For more information visit

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