From producing a video about the homeless in Salem, Ore. to promoting Corban University student events, senior Jessica Baughman is catching people’s attention.
On October 2, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley released a new video by Baughman. The 6-minute production captures the anticipation of the Hale family as they prepare for a permanent place to call home and the volunteers who made it happen.
“It started as me covering a build project but it turned into a video about the family and their story throughout the whole process,” Baughman said. “I didn’t have any expectations going into it, but as I was working on it I got to meet the family and spend time with their kids.”
The project began as an opportunity to earn community service credits. While she liked what Habitat for Humanity was doing for families, she admitted she had some concerns.
“My first thought was I can’t build anything, I can’t do that,” Baughman said. “When I heard that Habitat was looking for someone to produce this video, it fell in line with what I am passionate about. It was something I was able to commit to fully and pour my heart into.”
Habitat Executive Director Tony Frazier said the video is a tool that helps put a face on families who move into homes of their own through the help of the organization and its partners.
“Jessica’s video captures what we do and why we do it,” he said. “Home ownership changes lives and has a powerful impact on the children who will be able to grow up in one home and not have to switch schools. This video shows that in a powerful and honest way.”
The video was first featured at Habitat for Humanity’s annual Hope Builders Breakfast fundraiser and is now highlighted on the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley website. Baughman also produced “The Paul Project,” about Salem’s homeless in spring 2011.
As she reflected on the Habitat for Humanity project, Baughman said she hopes to continue to volunteer her time for other community projects like it.
“It was a lot less about me getting a credit and more about me helping this family tell their story,” she said. “It was about Habitat being able to help more families down the road and I’m glad I was able to be a small part of that.”