We often talk about the amazing work that individuals do. From David Weaver’s dedication to Feeding America to Andy Aubin’s 300 lb. weight loss, we can confidently say we work with the most awesome people out there.

But individuals aren’t the only ones who deserve the spotlight. Small efforts made by a committed group of people are just as impactful, which is why we’re excited to introduce the latest Charity Miler of the Week: The Habitat Running Club!

The ladies of the Albany Habitat for Humanity running group got together a few months ago, and have been hard at work ever since. With just four girls running once a week, they’re able to provide more resources for building better homes than they already do in a typical workday.

“It’s a nice way to get out of the office and go exercise,” says Christine Hmiel, a Habitat Running Club regular. And we agree: What better way to clear your head than taking a stroll or jog while raising money for your own company?

While the group usually gets together after work, Christine also likes to get moving during lunch if time allows. “It’s ok because we’re raising another dollar for Habitat. I’m still doing my job,” she says.

The other members are also using the club to their advantage, both at work and outside of it. “As an aspiring runner, the club at Habitat has been wonderful,” says Sara Rising. “It’s great to run with other people that are at a similar skill level and just want to go out there and have some fun.”

Rising also likes the convenience and motivation that comes from having friends at work doing organized runs with her. It not only keeps her accountable, but also makes exercise feel like less of a chore (which is always a plus).

Another fun factor of the runs: Charity Miles! “Using Charity Miles makes it all the more great,” says Rising. “We are able to spend time together, stay healthy and do it all for a great cause — one that we deeply believe in and dedicate our lives to on a daily basis.”

We love that the Habitat Running Club is taking their job to the next level. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish by taking as little as an hour to do some good — for yourself and for charity.

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