In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we have created a Volunteer Corps to recognize the significant efforts of the organization’s volunteers who provide a wide array of services. As showcased on this blog, Individuals work on construction sites, at Habitat Stores, in administration, and as part of AmeriCorps. Companies, faith communities and other groups also provide significant support on construction sites and at Habitat Stores.
Said Brett D’Antonio, Habitat SKC’s CEO, “Our dependence on our volunteers cannot be understated – without them, we simply would not exist. I’m delighted we’re able to show our appreciation in this way, and hope they understand how critical they are in helping to address the needs of our Habitat partner families.”
Over the past fiscal year alone, 1,527 volunteers (including 96 groups) filled 4,002 volunteer slots, contributing a total of 21,896 hours. Additionally:
- In our Bellevue, Auburn and Tukwila Stores, 673 individual volunteers served 8,307 hours;
- On our construction sites, 1,040 individual volunteers served 12,696 hours;
- 1,783 volunteer slots were filled at new construction sites, contributing 11,688 hours; and
- 140 volunteer slots were filled at our buyback and repair sites, contributing 1,005 hours
Volunteer Corps members will be assigned various levels, depending on their involvement, including:
- Annual Volunteer Corps Member – 100+ hours of service in a calendar year
- Silver Level Volunteer Corps Member – 500+ lifetime hours of service
- Gold Level Volunteer Corps Member – 1,000+ lifetime hours of service, or have otherwise contributed significantly to the organization through their efforts
Members will receive invitations to our annual volunteer appreciation events, recognition at its annual Luncheon and in its Annual Report, a lapel pin that recognizes their level of support, and further thanks and engagement opportunities throughout the year.
We also want to honor and recognize Habitat of Humanity Seattle – King County’s Volunteer of the Year – Nicki Gates. Nicki has volunteered for at least 20 years, and given over 3,300 hours. She has helped build or repair homes in at least 12 different communities throughout King County during her time with Habitat.
Nicki is also greatly involved in our Women Build events and as a Table Captain at our Beyond the Build Luncheon. She is a champion of our AmeriCorps program, hosting an AmeriCorps brunch every year. Congratulations and bravo Nicki!
Learn more about volunteer opportunities here, and we’ll continue to feature their amazing work here and on our social media channels for inspiration.