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Volunteers are love in motion

It’s National Volunteer Week and we’d like to say thank you to the 727 individuals who volunteered 19,290 hours building homes at the job site, helping in the ReStore and working in the office this past year!

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to honor a very special Habitat Volunteer. As a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Marilyn first got involved with Habitat in 2002 when she was invited to volunteer to build a home with the Presbyterian Coalition. “It was a great first experience. I have fun with Habitat,” says Marilyn. “My motivation to volunteer for Habitat is that I believe everyone should have an affordable home.”

Marilyn Stoops in the ReStore holding an appreciation gift from a homeowner given to the Presbyterian Habitat Coalition in 2008.

Today Marilyn is the Presbyterian representative for the Unity House builds. She is also a member of Habitat’s Faith Relations Committee where she helps get churches and youth involved.

“I focus on three ways in which churches can participate – providing lunches at the job site, volunteering and giving money,” says Marilyn. “I am generally quiet and shy, but when it comes to Habitat I speak up and find my voice because Habitat makes such a good impact in the world.” 

When asked what she learned about Habitat that she didn’t know before volunteering, Marilyn says, “I was surprised to learn that the homes we build are interest free, which makes these homes truly affordable. I was also surprised that I was building alongside future homeowners because they have to earn their sweat equity hours by building their homes and their neighbor’s homes.”

Thank you Marilyn for being such a great volunteer, friend and advocate of Habitat’s mission.

And thank you to every person who has supported Habitat over the last 32 years! We couldn’t do it without you!

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