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Meetings in the age of coronavirus are very different. Not meeting in person makes things a lot less, well, personal. Thatmade planning this year’s fall homebuyer informational difficult for staff members in Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity’s Homebuyer Services department. Normally, they relyon face–to–face interactions withreal-time Q&A’s to get to know the Habitat homebuyer applicants.
In the end, Homebuyer Program Manager, Karla Sandoval, hosted a virtual Zoom meeting while simultaneously streaming live on Facebook. While she moderated the Zoom meeting andfielded questions from potential homebuyers, Charles Coats, Director of Homebuyer Services, moderated the Facebook site. After the event, the meeting was made available on Facebookand uploaded to B/CS Habitat’s YouTube channel. Click here to watch the informational.
Fortunately, the event went smoothly, and the outcome was better than anticipated.
“Because it was both live and recorded for later viewing, it appears that we reached a much larger group of people than we ever have with our in-person, live informationals,” Coats said. “While the group of people who watched it live was modest, we had more than 200 unique views of the recorded session on Facebook, about twice the size of our largest in-person informational.”
Because this virtual event was such a success, B/CS Habitat plans to continue offering remote streaming options to reachas many people as possible.
One upcoming remote event is B/CS Habitat’s homeowner financial literacy class series, which is open to the public. Experts will teach valuable financial skills like banking, budgeting and building credit. The classes will be held each Thursday in Septemberfrom 6:30 – 8:30. For more information on how to participate in the financial literacy series, click here.