Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity volunteer Mark Piepenburg hit a historic milestone during his volunteer shift at the ReStore today- 7,000 hours of service. It’s the first time a volunteer for the organization has hit this number.
Mark began volunteering in 2006 when his daughter was the Executive Director of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. He started mowing Habitat’s vacant lots, before moving to home construction. In 2009, when the ReStore opened, he began volunteering there, and has been a loyal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning regular ever since. His specialty is in the tool aisle where he sorts, prices, and stocks tools.
“Mark is part of the ReStore family,” said ReStore Manager, Carl Blomquist. “He’s been here since our first day, and continues to provide us with endless support and tireless work. Without volunteers like Mark, the ReStore could not even exist. We had fun surprising him with a cake to celebrate his 7,000 hours!”
For more information about the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore, visit our website www.greenbayhabitat.org.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of our Western Avenue project on Thursday, October 11, at 1256 Western Ave. The fifth and final home of the project was dedicated at 5 p.m., with a block party that followed. The project added infrastructure and five homes to the Western Ave property in just one year.
“Look what 365 days can do. It’s amazing what our partners and volunteers helped us create. We took an empty lot- it didn’t even have infrastructure- and completely transformed a neighborhood,” said Executive Director Cora Haltaufderheid, “Now five families have a new opportunity in life. It’s a great example of our mission in action.”
Lisa Dewitt, the homeowner of the fifth home, couldn’t have been more excited to move into her brand-new, two-bedroom, ADA compliant home in Green Bay. But she was even more thrilled for her handicapped son, Kevin.
“I’m so blessed that my handicapped son, Kevin, and I don’t have to climb stairs anymore,” said Lisa, “I plan on making my home as beautiful as I can by planting flowers, trees, and a garden!”
This is the 111th home built by Habitat and sold to a qualified homeowner in the Greater Green Bay area. Homeowners have a zero-interest and affordable mortgage that is made possible through generous donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor.
A special thank you to the sponsors on this home including: Brown County Housing Authority, Give Big Green Bay, Insperity, Little Rapids Corporation – Egan Family Foundation, Byron L Walter Family Trust, K.C. Stock Foundation, Kevin & Brenda Devroy and Family, Bryan & Dorothy Hollenbach, Trudell Holdings, Inc., and Mark M. Naze & Elizabeth M. Timmins.
For more information about Habitat, visit our website www.greenbayhabitat.org.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. Only three percent of registered nonprofits hold a GuideStar Seal of Transparency of any level (bronze, silver, gold, or platinum).
In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, Habitat shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
View our GuideStar profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/39-1589910
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity will host its fourth annual Repurpose for a Reason fundraiser on Thursday, November 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Badger State Brewing Barrel Haus (990 Tony Canadeo Run, Green Bay, WI 54304).
The free event is open to the public and features hors d’oeuvres, craft beer, raffle items, and live music. The highlight of the event is the silent auction, which consists of repurposed, refurbished, or art-based items that have been created by artists, do-it-yourself enthusiasts, and crafty community members. Many of these items feature treasures that were originally found at the Green Bay Habitat ReStore.
A special thank you to our major event sponsors, Fox Communities Credit Union and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS). Funds raised from this event will go towards building homes, communities, and hope.
For more information about Repurpose for a Reason, please visit www.repurposeforareason.org or contact Maureen Meinhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.