Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County held its Volunteer Appreciation night last week and honored Steve Hill with the award for Volunteer of the Year 2021. Steve Hill’s list of volunteer commitments is long and impressive. He is a man full of compassion for people and communities.
Steve’s career spanned work with public agencies and in the private sector, eventually retiring as senior vice president of human resources for the Weyerhaeuser Company after a 32-year career. From there, he turned his attention to civic activism, using his amazing tenacity to benefit countless organizations. He is currently a member of the Boards for The Seattle Foundation, The Seattle Colleges, and SEIU Home Health Care Workers Trust. He also provides leadership and board development mentorship to a number of small nonprofits. The common thread among all of them is how he helps them respond to the needs of the community. Steve exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism and community.
During his time with Habitat, Steve has been a Habitat board member and board president and is currently a member of the Resource Development Committee.
His most ambitious project to date began in 2019 with the Weyerhaeuser Alumni Campaign. Steve led a group of eight retired executives who had worked together at Weyerhaeuser Company on a campaign to sponsor a “Habitat House a Year.” The campaign resulted in pledges from 94 of their former colleagues who committed $1.18 million over five years to two Habitat affiliates. These funds will sponsor ten houses over five years: five homes in each of the two affiliates– Seattle-King County and Tacoma-Pierce County. Steve’s leadership set the tone in creating a truly inclusive, exciting, and effective campaign that raised an impressive $1.18 million for Habitat.