Two volunteers hit 500-hour milestone

 

We truly are not able to accomplish our mission of providing affordable housing to families in need without the help of our volunteers. In 2017, we had 687 volunteers give over 10,890 volunteer hours! The estimated value of a volunteers’ time in the state of Minnesota is $26.40 an hour. At that rate, our volunteers saved us over $287,000 in expenses. That is why volunteers play a key role in our mission, and we want to say thanks.

In 2011, we started our Volunteer Milestone program, which recognizes volunteers when their hours accumulate to certain levels. In 2017, we had two volunteers reach the 500-hour milestone mark. Those volunteers were Gail Krupa and Scot Thielen. Gail and Scot were both dedicated ReStore volunteers who gave their time on a weekly basis. Scot was a go-to person for staff and Gail was known as the lighting queen. Gail was presented with an engraved hammer with the Habitat logo and her name. Scot picked up his engraved hammer from the CMHFH offices.

Volunteers inducted into CMHFH Hall of Fame

The CMHFH Volunteer Hall of Fame was established to give special recognition to individual volunteers who have gone above and beyond the norm for volunteer service. They demonstrate a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity by consistently volunteering over a span of at least 8 years and totaling over 1000 hours. It is important to us to honor such steadfast commitment because it is a shining example of the central mission principle of Habitat for Humanity to put faith into action.

This year’s inductees are: Wayne Anderson and Vince Drobniak.

Wayne Anderson is one of our volunteer pillars who has volunteered in just about every way you can volunteer at Habitat. Wayne is a frequent volunteer site supervisor and site host. He is a part of Habitat’s elite trim team that puts all the finishing touches on the all the Habitat houses. Wayne is a self-motivated individual that on his own initiative will show up to do drywall and painting touch up exclusively, while giving our homes the white glove inspection.
Wayne is a very conscientious, reliable and committed volunteer. We are all so grateful for his support of Habitat.

Vince Drobniak joined the CMHFH board January 2017 after he showed immense commitment to Habitat and its mission. He worked just about every Saturday at the ReStore for six years and led the charge on the clean-up of two ReStore warehouses full of cubicles, including dismantling them to get us the benefit from metal recycling. He worked, with his wife, through the holidays and most Saturdays for the last few months to help close ReStore
He rushed to get certain sections of one warehouse empty to save us in rent costs.He worked hard to find buyers for the large Capital One donations we received, including securing a buyer to purchase hundreds of chairs for almost $30,000. Vince’s dedication and commitment to Habitat is greatly appreciated by everyone at Habitat.

These two volunteers have gone above and beyond for Habitat.

H&S Heating and Air Conditioning inducted into CMHFH Hall of Fame

 

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) kicked off the new year by thanking and recognizing their many donors, volunteers and business partners at their annual Dream Builders Reception at the Kelly Inn.

Each year CMHFH recognizes a local business that has been donating cash or in-kind services and materials to its organization. They demonstrate a consistent, long-time, active interest in helping CMHFH reach its goals. The partner businesses also demonstrates a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity that is at the heart of their donations. This year’s inductee is H&S Heating and Air Conditioning Residential and Service, LLC.

“H&S Heating and Air Conditioning has grown to be strong Habitat partner over the years,” said Dave Jacobs, CMHFH Board President. “In addition to their donations of time and talent, H&S Heating owners Emily and Jeremy Salzbrun are energetic Habitat advocates out in the community. We definitely cannot accomplish all that we do without partners like H&S.”

Over the past years, H&S Heating has partnered with CMHFH on over 24 homes, is a regular sponsor of Habitat fundraising events, Jeremy Salzbrun is part of the Homeowner Education Classes and does a walk through with Partner Families to educate them on how to change a furnace filter, how to set the thermostat, and troubleshoot any issues they may encounter.

“H&S is truly as good as it gets when it comes to a Habitat subcontractor partner,” said Art Buhs, CMHFH Construction Manager. “They are always quick to respond and are fantastic working with our Partner Families and homeowners.”

“We were taught to give back and we love helping to build a stronger community,” said Jeremy Salzbrun. “Central Minnesota Habitat is a natural fit for H&S Heating and Air to partner with. Emily and I love Habitat!”

Thrivent Financial inducted into Business Partner Hall of Fame

 

 

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After an exciting and eventful 2016, Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) kicked off the new year by thanking and recognizing their many donors, volunteers and business partners at their annual Dream Builders Reception at the Kelly Inn.

Each year CMHFH recognizes a local business that has been donating cash or in-kind services and materials to its organization. They also demonstrate a consistent, long-time, active interest in helping CMHFH reach its goals. The partner businesses also demonstrate a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity that is at the heart of their donations. This year’s inductee is Thrivent Financial.

“One of Habitat for Humanity’s strongest partners locally, nationally and internationally is Thrivent Financial,” said Bruce Johnson, Executive Director of CMHFH. “Through our partnership, we will have built and sold 25 homes to local, low-income families in Central Minnesota by the end of this year.”

Over the past 10 years, Thrivent Financial has awarded over $2 million in grants to Central Minnesota, helping 24 families attain safe, affordable housing. CMHFH will once again be partnering with Thrivent to build the 25th Thrivent Builds home for the Jama-Aynab family in 2017. The $66,000 grant from Thrivent will be used to build a home on a reclaimed lot in the Seberger neighborhood in St. Cloud. Construction is set to start this summer.

The grant, a part of the Thrivent Builds program, provides half of the financial support needed to build a home. The rest of the support is raised from local businesses, churches, and members of the community. The homes are built by volunteers from sponsoring businesses, churches, the partner family and the general public.

“The Thrivent/Habitat partnership is a great fit because it engages the whole community and gives them the opportunity to live out the values of connecting finances with faith and living generously,” said Steve Reetz, a Thrivent Financial Representative in St. Cloud and Board member of Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s inspiring to see Thrivent members and others continuously give of their time and talents to help families in local communities and around the world have safe, affordable housing,” said Brad Hewitt, President and CEO of Thrivent.
The Jama-Aynab family of six is excited for the construction to start on their Habitat house. Khadra and Saleban and their four children are most looking forward to being able to settle into permanent home where their family can thrive. Through homeownership, the couple plan to teach their children how to be responsible and take care of a house.

Past Business Partner Hall of Fame recipients
  • 2014: Jacobs Financial
  • 2015: Gray Plant Mooty