On April 16, we took time to honor and celebrate the volunteers and volunteer organizations that in 2014 have made a significant impact on Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s ability to accomplish its mission.
Partners and volunteers are so vital to the work that we do; selecting and supporting our prospective homeowner families, helping customers at our ReStore, entering volunteer and donor records into our database, serving the community and, of course, swinging a hammer at a jobsite.
This past year over 3,700 volunteers worked at one of our build sites, 200 at our ReStore, and another 60 volunteered on one or more of our monthly committees.
We are grateful and appreciate all of the volunteers who give their time and efforts to care for the Habitat families and the neighborhoods we serve. Together, we are changing the lives of homeowners and their children forever, and bringing much needed stability to communities here in New Castle County.
So, behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County would like to recognize those who went above and beyond to make 2014 a terrific year.
Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County have a strong partnership and Habitat is honored to present them with this year’s President’s Award. This year Habitat will begin building at its Walnut Ridge site on property donated by Bank of America. The bank has also donated to the financial success of Walnut Ridge as well. Bank of America employees are frequently seen volunteering at the ReStore, as well as in and around Habitat’s build sites and warehouse. Bank of America is truly deserving of the 2015 President’s Award.
Chip Rankin has been the driving force behind Habitat’s golf outing in partnership with IFMA for more than 16 years. To date, the event has raised more than $250,000 for Habitat and introduced the organization to new supporters through the IFMA Delaware chapter. Chip has devoted his time and resources to making sure the golf outing event is a yearly success for Habitat. In 2014, under Chip’s leadership, the event raised $20,000 for Habitat.
Robin Martini is a regular every Saturday, our busiest day of the week at the ReStore. She is a hard worker, has a positive attitude and a pleasure to work with. Robin has become a favorite to the staff, other volunteers and most importantly our customers. She is always ready to help regardless of what needs to get done. A large factor for the success of the ReStore is due to the efforts of our volunteers and Robin’s effort and contribution are the reason why she is our ReStore volunteer of the year.
Ida Bowers has served on the Family Support for the last four years and has helped several prospective homeowners through the process. Ida is able to connect with our homeowners and provide them with an addition source of support while they are building their home. In addition to serving on the support committee Ida has also join the Alumni Support committee she encourages the families she has supported to attend the Alumni programs and offers ideals and suggestion on programs that would be helpful to homeowners.
Brown Advisory volunteers have shown exceptional commitment to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s mission as a volunteer group. They used their time volunteering on the Cooper’s Run site to actively engage with the future homeowners and Habitat staff. The volunteers from Brown Advisory also came to the Cooper’s Run dedication to show their support for the Habitat homeowners.
Antoinette Douglass is a single mother of 5 boys who worked two jobs while she was in the program and was able to complete her 225 hours of sweat equity prior to her house being completed. Antoinette continues to volunteer with Habitat she is a Family support committee member and is working on supporting her 2nd prospective homeowner through the process. Antoinette also serves on the Alumni support committee and she is true ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
Tom Bissot Award for Construction
Lyle Wallig is always willing to help the construction department with whatever is asked of him. This past year Lyle really took ownership of the warehouse tool room. He went over and beyond what was needed and even restored tools so that they could be used again.
John Morrison Can always be counted on to do the little things that are a big help in the construction department. Acting from true humility, John takes it upon himself to make sure all the necessary things are done so that larger projects can move forward.
Mercer Quinby completed 400 hours in his first year volunteering with Habitat. He often volunteers for full weeks with Habitat when he can and always comes in when extra hands are needed. He is very dedicated to Habitat’s mission and that is evident in the way he connects with the homeowners and the motivation he brings to each project.
Habitat ReStore Donor
La-Z-Boy Furniture, for the past year, has made monthly donations of furniture to the Habitat ReStore. The consistency of the donations and the high-quality of the furniture have helped to the ReStore to some of its most financially successful months. It has been very beneficial and meaningful partnership for Habitat.
Community Builder Award
Beth Miller has been writing about Delaware since 1979, including 35 years as a general assignment reporter for The News Journal. As a veteran journalist, Beth has covered everything from breaking news in the First State to the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the tiny country of Haiti in 2010. There is no question she knows a great story when she sees one, as evidenced in her front-page coverage of two Habitat events in the past year – one on the burning of a paid-off Habitat mortgage, the other on the dedication of Coopers Run. Beth’s time in newspapers ended in January, when she started exploring the world from a new angle as the science writer for the University of Delaware.