Via the Habitat Insider – July 2013
Volunteer Spotlight: Dylan Corbeill
Last fall, Dylan Corbeill became a regular member of Habitat’s midweek crew. Connected to Habitat through Kayle Lewis, a Habitat volunteer and Career Coordinator with Bloomington’s College Internship Program, Dylan joined midweek crew to develop building skills, professional experience, and to give back.
“I can’t imagine being without a safe home,” Dylan said. “People say you have to pull yourself up, but there are lots of families who deserve support. I wanted to help resolve this issue and serve families in need.”
Building with Habitat also compliments Dylan’s work in the College Internship Program (CIP), whose mission is to inspire independence among young adults on the Autism Spectrum or with Learning Differences.
Working with Kayle at CIP, Dylan completed a vocational assessment that revealed a strong interest in masonry and carpentry, especially since Dylan had helped his father remodel their home in Michigan.
Working alongside Habitat staff and volunteers, Dylan has grown personally and professionally.
“Adrian, Pete, Adam and Marci are so much fun to work with,” Dylan said. Kayle added: “Dylan has learned to take initiative on the build site. He’s developed accountability, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and taken ownership of his work.”
Speaking about his most memorable experiences with Habitat, Dylan remarked: “I enjoy meeting the homeowners, working alongside them, and seeing pictures of their family members. I like the idea that no matter how small my part, I’m an important piece of a larger puzzle.”
This spring, Dylan was offered a position at the IU Auditorium. A big music fan, Dylan enjoys the opportunities offered by his new job. He and Kayle credit his experience with Habitat as critical in obtaining the position.
Speaking about Dylan’s experience with Habitat, Kayle offered an illustration: “Vines are looking for trellises to grow on, and Habitat provided Dylan with an opportunity to do that.”