Americus, Ga. - June 29 2000 - In a time of rapidly accelerating construction worldwide, the founder and president of America's largest nonprofit housing organization has announced that key leadership functions are being restructured and expanded here at Habitat for Humanity International headquarters. In the area of communications services, Dennis Bender, currently Vice President, Communications, is being appointed Senior Vice President, Communications.
"This ministry will accomplish more in the next five years than we have achieved in the past 24 years: 100,000 new houses by 2005," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). "Denny Bender is the right person to help us stay abreast of that growth by advancing awareness of our mission and our integrity around the world."
A native of Erie, Pa., and a graduate of Ohio University, Bender, 53, came to HFHI in 1997 as its director of communications. He is responsible for communications worldwide, including media relations, market programs, creative services, print production, audio-visual, communications center and publications staff consisting of more than 70 professionals and support personnel.
"This is truly an exciting time to be serving in the leadership of this global movement for human progress," Bender said. "We have become one of North America’s favorite nonprofit organizations. I intend to build a team that will take us to equivalent heights of awareness and favorability around the world."
Bender's appointment coincides with the restructuring of HFHI's Communications and Development Unit, which is being separated into two units, one serving the fund-raising needs of the organization, the other providing communications services.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,916 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 90,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.