January 26, 2016
At the annual volunteer appreciation breakfast on Tuesday, January 26, we honored those volunteers who have made exemplary contributions to the fulfillment of our mission, and transformed the lives of deserving Greenville County families with low income.
Among the honorees were Ruud Veltman and Marjorie Hill, recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ruud Veltman joined Habitat as a volunteer in 2007 and has contributed over 1000 volunteer hours helping refine home construction plans, adding construction details to ensure consistency and quality. Marjorie Hill has been a Habitat volunteer for 25 years, beginning with a build her church, Westminster Presbyterian, sponsored. She has participated in Westminster’s 11 Habitat home builds and more than a dozen other homes, clocking more than 800 hours of volunteer service.
Ed Hogan, who contributed more than 300 volunteer hours in 2015, was named Volunteer of the Year. Joe Smith, recipient of Habitat’s Battered Hammer Award, is a member of Habitat’s quality assurance team who has given more than 1100 volunteer hours since becoming a Habitat volunteer.
Habitat Greenville also recognized several individuals who support the organization outside the build site. Kim Keable, of Keable & Brown, P.A., received the Strong Foundation Award for her legal work for the organization. Ashley Mayfield, a member of the family selection team, was honored with the Family Ambassador Award for her dedication to Habitat families and homeowner education. Rob Margolin received the ReStore Hero Award, for his commitment to ensuring an enjoyable and satisfying experience for ReStore patrons.
Also recognized were 18 volunteers with 100 hours of service in 2015 and 11 who reached the 100-hour mark this year (photo below).
“Habitat Greenville is truly built on the work of our dedicated volunteers,” said Monroe Free, Habitat Greenville President & CEO. “More than 2500 individuals are involved in our homebuilding, weatherization and home repair programs, and at the ReStores each year. Without them, we would be unable to accomplish our mission. We are deeply grateful for their service.”