19 Volunteers are Honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award from 2019 Hours

On Thursday November 12th, we safely gathered to honor the hard work of our volunteers. 19 Volunteers were awarded with the President’s Volunteer Service Award which reminds us, ‘one of our Nation’s greatest strengths remains the compassion of our everyday citizens, who give so willingly of themselves and their lives for the benefit of others.’ We are honored to have so many dedicated men and women who believe in our mission and regularly support our work in the community with their time and commitment.

Our Construction Manager, Tim Crozier is thankful for all the construction Loyal Volunteers who are a vital role in our building production. “We appreciate all these volunteers because they truly are an extension of our staff. If it wasn’t for you all, we’d be pulling our hair out trying to get it all done, so thank you!”

The power of volunteering benefits our organization as well as the volunteers themselves. Research shows that volunteers of all ages enjoy better health, more stamina and lower stress. One of the volunteers reflected on his time saying, “What I have experienced here working with these men and women has saved the second part of my life in a way. It has nourished a feeling that has been missing for a long period of time especially in these times. Thank you all.”

Our volunteers enjoy their time working with each other and form bonds of friendship. In accordance with the Stay Home Advisory issued by Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro, Habitat for Humanity is cancelling all volunteer groups through December 31, 2020. This includes both build site, and ReStore volunteers. We wish we could continue to provide volunteer opportunities for volunteers, especially through this difficult and lonely holiday season but at this time we must protect and prioritize everyone’s health.

Volunteers, we look forward to joining you again in 2021 and will miss you dearly! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Thank you for your commitment to building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.