Rock The Block: Volunteer balancing job and Habitat Board position

(WLNS) – Rock the Block week for Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is this week, but the planning that goes into it is a year-round commitment, one that Stephanie Milosavleski knows well.

By day, Stephanie works as a financial advisor with Ameritrade in Okemos, but after five years of volunteering with the local habitat branch, she is now also a board member, after her day job ends.

“That’s not what I projected when I started, I thought it was just a fun day,” Stephanie said.

That fun day turned into a full-time side job, but she didn’t stop there.

“I started to find opportunities to be able to have my clients out at a work site or at a Habitat Build site because of their desire to want to be involved with it,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie says these two parts of her life, which she has found a way to blend, starkly contrast each other.

Her normal day at the office can be explained as orderly and business as usual.

“I’m often in a suit or business attire, I have client meetings throughout the day, I might have phone conference calls, lots of emails and paperwork to process throughout the day,” Stephanie said.

Once Stephanie steps out to the volunteer site, it’s a difference story.

“I will be in painted up jeans and a T-shirt and sneakers and a baseball cap,” Stephanie said.

Over the past 5 years, she says volunteering with Habitat has been a learning experience.

“We get to get our hands dirty and find new ways to be able to do things we thought we would never be able to do,” Stephanie said.

It also has made her reflect on the life she has, compared to the lives of some of the people she has helped serve.

“I feel very grateful for what I have, not only in terms of the business that I have, but the home that I have and the opportunities I have as a self sufficient person,” Stephanie said.

Although Stephanie took the head first approach in her involvement with Habitat for Humanity, she says every little thing counts.

“Even spending just a few hours with an organization like Habitat, really makes a huge difference,” Stephanie said.

She says the people Habitat is helping to serve, are not the only ones who are changed by the experience.

“Charity is something that impacts everybody,” Stephanie said.

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