Published On: Tue, Mar 13th, 2018

Newly Formed Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Habitat Young Professionals Club (HYPC) Revs Up

Following a spirited holiday-timed kick-off when local young professionals “mixed and mingled for meaningful mission”, the newly formed Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Habitat Young Professionals Club (HYPC) is poised for leadership and growth in 2018.  The HYPC has grown its membership and is in active recruitment, and has appointed club committee leadership. It has also scheduled two upcoming volunteer-in-action fundraisers, one to assist with much-needed Hurricane Irma roof and home repairs and home sliding work in Collier County and a first-ever HYPC home build on Saint Patrick’s Day in Boynton Beach.

The affiliate’s new Habitat Young Professionals Club, is being reconstituted by HFHSPBC Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Mohamed Abdalla, is for young professionals aged 40 and under who will have the opportunity to help strengthen the South Palm Beach County community by joining in to support HFHSPBC’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, community and hope in the cities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. For a membership donation of $25 – $100 per year, HYPC members will enjoy an array of social and networking events, two members-only events and numerous HYPC Build fundraising and neighborhood revitalization volunteer opportunities
throughout the year.


“This new Habitat Young Professionals Club has been created to draw together young professional ‘good deed doer’s’ as leaders, volunteers, advocates, educators and donors
with humanitarian opportunities both in our own backyard and in 70 countries around
the world,” shared HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen.


Abdalla adds that “As done when building a Habitat home, a group of engaged, passionate individuals can make a significant impact.  Our Habitat Young Professionals Club is all about
bringing together talented young leaders who want to be community stakeholders
through shared and meaningful purpose. We look forward to uniting to help empower
families while finding a sense of personal fulfillment through our giving back.”


HFHSPBC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard
housing by building simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with families, our community and local organizations. The organization helps low-income, hard-working families in South Palm Beach County community break the poverty cycle with a life-changing “hand up, never a hand out” that includes an affordable, zero interest mortgage made possible through HFHSPBC’s Fund for Humanity. All of the families who qualify and purchase homes through Habitat earn their mortgage by fulfilling 500 hours of sweat equity and completing educational classes to prepare them for success as an empowered, new homeowner.



Founding members and HYPC leadership is comprised of a small, dedicated team that heads up (HYPC) to plan mission related signature events, and bring young professionals together.


Club leadership includes Chair Jonathan Clark (PNC Bank), Vice Chair Dustin Grizzle (Berkowitz Pollack), Fundraising Chair Mickey Zitzmann (AD Henderson University & FAU High School), Communication & Marketing Chair Sean Carroll (Simon Coral Square Mall), Special Events Chair Amanda Ellis (Oceans 234), Membership Chair

Anil Jaipersaud (First Citizens Bank) and Secretary, John Novoa (Thrivent

Financial).  Founding club members include Brett Romeo (Interstate Cleaning Corporation), Chad Capraro (Rubin Wealth Advisor), Garry Madolid (Signature Flight) and Russell Kreutter (Hidden Harbor Capital Partners).




Habitat Young Professionals Saint Patrick Day Build, Saturday, March 17

HFHSPBC seeks local young professionals to participate in the first ever HYPC Build for which each individual HYPC Builder commits to raise or contribute $500 to help underwrite construction materials to build a home for a hard-working, low income Habitat Partner Family in South Palm Beach County. Along with the fundraising goal, each participate has the opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon onsite, building alongside the Habitat Partner Family who is earning their home.  HYPC Builders are encourage to hold receptions to raise funds, create social media campaigns, etc. Recognition will be given to the Young Professional who raises the most funds.

To learn more about joining HYPC or participating in a “Habitat Young Professionals Build” or community revitalization project, contact HFHSPBC Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Mohamed Abdalla at or call (561) 819-6070 to sign up.






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