Crain’s and Habitat for Humanity Build Day in West Pullman – Consumer News

on Jun8

8 June 2017 | 8:00 am

Each December, Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40 spotlights leaders in business, politics and civic life—a prescient list that has tapped CEOs, nonprofit leaders, a future mayor and a future U.S. president. And each spring, with our 20 In Their 20s list, we determine 20 rising young stars well on their way to becoming the city’s future economic, policy and cultural leaders.

The two projects and classes are distinctly unique. But on June 3, Crain’s brought together our most recent 40 Under 40 and 20 In Their 20s honorees for a joint Build Day to benefit the Chicago chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The volunteer-powered nonprofit, which raises money for affordable housing and then constructs structures alongside future residents, is underway on a multiyear project to build 16 new homes on two city blocks in West Pullman. So far, 11 energy-efficient new homes have been completed in the Far South Side community, along with 35 repair and beautification projects on existing structures.

Crain’s staffers lent their muscle, too, alongside a future resident of one of the homes. See our progress in the images below. To find out more about Habitat to Humanity, click here. Visit our nomination portal to suggest someone for 40 Under 40.

All photos are by Crain’s staff photographer Manuel Martinez.

Morgan Prewitt, a McCormick Place/SMG events manager and Crain’s 20 In Their 20s honoree, securing paneling.



The mostly-volunteer crew



Among the Crain’s 40 Under 40 honorees who volunteered their time for the Build Day were Michael Pfeffer, vice president of architecture at Related Midwest, and Jay Bhatt, chief medical officer for the American Hospital Association.


Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission, hard at work.



Eventually, Habitat for Humanity Chicago will construct 16 new homes in West Pullman.




Crain’s 20 In Their 20s honoree Alex Niemczewski, cofounder and CEO of Ballot Ready, and the AHA’s Bhatt working on the subfloor.



20s honoree Prewitt and 40s honoree Pfeffer with Andrew Duback, an AmeriCorps construction crew leader who works with Habitat for Humanity Chicago.




United Airlines’ Michelle Brown, a 40 Under 40, mastering power tools.



The crew consisted of Crain’s staffers, 40 Under 40 and 20 In Their 20s honorees, Habitat for Humanity crewmembers and neighborhood residents.



The view from the basement. From left: Jackson Pool, an AmeriCorps construction crew leader who works with Habitat for Humanity; Noe Garcia, construction site supervisor; and 40 honoree Kara Bachman.




Habitat for Humanity Chicago Executive Director Jen Parks outlines the scope of the multiyear, 16-home project in West Pullman during a sandwich break.



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