The first Habitat Young Professionals group started at the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in 2005 and the Austin Affiliate followed in 2006. HYP of Dane County is one of many Habitat Young Professional groups around the country. The HYP Dane County Steering Committee began meeting in early 2009 and was composed of individuals interested in expanding Young Professionals’ involvement in Habitat. HYP of Dane County was founded in November of 2009 with the first HYP Board of Directors appointed in September of 2010.
Within the first year, Habitat Young Professionals of Dane County raised over $30,000 and recruited 36 active members. The HYP volunteer committee hosted nine HYP build days on Habitat sites and partnered with the Salvation Army and Project Home. HYP volunteers logged over 1,000 hours in 2010.
Today, HYP generates enough funding to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home each year. HYP members volunteer for 24 build days a year, with additional corporate build days each month. With over 70 active members and growing, HYP volunteers contribute over 3000 hours each year!