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Meet C2C Neighbor: Bryan Harmon

C2C Neighbor Since: 2010
Why did you become a C2C neighbor?

I had amazing respect for and faith in Marie-Yolaine Eusebe and the projects she takes on through our work together at American Express, so when I heard she was doing this for Haïti, I was onboard immediately. Early on, I attended a prayer meeting as she was setting off in the initial aftermath of the earthquake and she had this ability to pull people into her journey with her in an amazing way from the outset.

What do you think makes C2C different than other organizations of its kind?

Lots of NGO’s march in with their vision of what they think should be done in communities like these, but I’ve been delighted to watch the evolution of C2C listening and building based on what they’ve seen and their own connection with the community. Not just the work and the outcomes that come from construction projects, but also the process of active listening and engaging in order to build together is what makes them unique. The difference is that C2C begins with conversation and an understanding of what their “clients” need. That’s what I’ve noticed Marie’s done tremendously well; it’s not about what can I do, but what do you need and what do you want to own for yourselves.

C2C’s motto is “Come Inspired, Leave an Inspiration.” What inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who take the personal, professional and lifestyle risks associated with charging in with passion to do the right thing – Marie does that better than anyone else. I’ve been inspired by Marie to follow in her footsteps, leave the corporate world behind, but use the skills I’ve gained there to find ways to make a difference in the world.

What does being a C2C Neighbor mean to you?

Feeling a sense of ownership over the work that the team is doing, even if I am not personally there doing it. The level of engagement and ownership that comes with being a C2C Neighbor is very important to me. So many of us become caught up in the speeding news cycle of our daily lives, so that it seems that endless disasters in the world pass you by on a regular basis. Unless it’s something that hits you close to home and is personally engaging, like Hurricane Sandy, it’s difficult to let your heart be shed so many times through every disaster. I volunteered to assist during Hurricane Sandy, but that was in my own backyard. Haïti is far away and easily forgotten for many of us, but it’s a place that’s been brought to life for me in a way that wouldn’t be otherwise.