Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Gadway

Name: Paul Gadway

Occupation: Retired

Volunteer Roles at Habitat: My main role is the volunteer site supervisor for the millwork crew. I do help with other aspects of the construction

Years Volunteering with Habitat: I have just started my 11th year volunteering on Habitat projects.

Favorite Thing about Volunteering at Habitat: All the people I have met and the friendships that I have made.

Why Volunteer? I volunteer to give back to the community.

Why Volunteer at Habitat? I get a lot more out of the volunteering than I put into the volunteering.

Hobbies Outside of Habitat: I like to spend as much time fishing as possible and spending time with our grandchildren.

Why Should Others get Involved with Habitat? For people who like to work with their hands it is an excellent way to give back to the community.

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Volunteering — Beyond the Walls

At CMHFH, volunteers are the backbone of our mission. As a non-profit we depend on our volunteers’ generosity, especially the sharing of their treasured time.

Habitat is blessed and fortunate to have many ready hands to pound a nail, raise a wall, brush on fresh paint and or install a window. This is the heart of what we do…providing a home…a home for laughter, learning, loving and living. Our gratitude to our building crews is immense!

With this blog post, however, I want to shine a light on those that work beyond the lumber, nails and shingles. It truly is amazing the tasks our volunteers do solely to help us reach our vision.

In my short time here as a volunteer coordinator, I’ve been in awe of the volunteers willing to tackle jobs and tasks that are not glamorous, often dirty, and frequently out of the eyes of any recognition. Here’s a shout out to the volunteers that dump our office trash before office hours, take a truckload to the landfill in the rain, organize our trailers, or travel over an hour to recycle our old computers. Kudos to volunteers pushing a broom to clean debris or leaving little ones with a babysitter to spend a few hours at our computers. It’s with thankfulness to the volunteers that work with ingenuity to generously clean and make ready our new homes; laying the foundation of love, laughter and living even before the family steps across its threshold. Volunteer compassion shows in the volunteer leaders that make the phones calls and send the emails in an effort to get a job done. The “beyond the wall” volunteers, rain or shine (and sometimes snow!) may be lifting signs, cleaning warehouses, hauling brush, shoveling driveways, mowing vacant lots, and countless other tasks!

It is inspiring to see the love shared through actions that many of us never see, often forget happen, and, may mean getting into the grit and dirt of every day life. To these volunteers, we say THANK YOU! Your work may be beyond the construction that is vital to our mission, but it is no less important! Thank you for opening your hearts to some of the forgotten tasks so we can open the doors to a better future!

Board Spotlight: Hailey Hollenhorst

Name: Hailey Hollenhorst, Board Vice-President

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Why did you want to be on Habitat’s board? I did a Habitat for Humanity International Build in Ghana and was drawn to the mission immediately. I wanted to get involved with my local Habitat for Humanity chapter once I got back!

How long have you been on the board? I served for 2 years in 2013-2014, moved away, and was invited to rejoin when I moved back to the area in 2017.

In what ways do you volunteer your time with Habitat? While I was practicing law, I devoted a lot of pro bono hours to representing Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. Now that I am no longer practicing, I volunteer on build sites, at Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity events, and by attending and being active on the Board and committees.

Why do you choose to volunteer your time? By volunteering my time, I am able to help the people in the community I otherwise would not be able to. When I was practicing at Gray Plant Mooty, the firm was very supportive of the attorneys devoting their time to volunteering and I have tried to continue that habit.

What do you like most about being involved with Habitat? I like the idea of working alongside the families that are being helped. I can see that they are fully invested in the program and are working extremely hard to attain their goal of home ownership. Habitat is an organization that requires the beneficiaries of the organization to work hard for what they are receiving. I think that it’s an excellent model.

Why do you think others should be involved with Habitat? There are so many ways to donate. You can donate time by being on a build site, donate money always needed to build the homes, or donate your talent by serving on a committee. It is very fulfilling to give to an organization that helps people obtain what many of us take for granted – an adequate roof over our heads. By giving any of your time, money or talent, you know you’re giving to an organization that is helping people better their lives.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Roberts

Cheryl (front) volunteering on a Habitat construction site.

Name: Cheryl Roberts

Occupation: Team Lead at Target

Volunteer Roles at Habitat: Events committee, office work, helping on the construction site

Years Volunteering with Habitat: 5 years

Favorite Thing about Volunteering at Habitat: Meeting all the different people at the events (Habitat families, donors, volunteers, etc.).

Why Volunteer? To get out of the house and do something for someone else.

Why Volunteer at Habitat? To see firsthand the difference that Habitat is making in the community.

Hobbies Outside of Habitat: Crafting, spending time with my family, camping

Why Should Others get Involved with Habitat? Just to see what Habitat is all about and to get involved with your community.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanne Borgstrom

Name: Jeanne Borgstrom

Occupation: Home Stager at Wow By Jeanne Home Staging and Styling

Volunteer Roles at Habitat: Painting crew leader on construction site, assist at events (sign in, set up, etc), sit on the Events Planning Committee

Years Volunteering with Habitat: 7 years

Favorite Thing about Volunteering at Habitat: The connection with staff and other volunteers are meaningful to me. I like knowing that my participation makes a difference in the lives of families and homeownership.

Why Volunteer? I love being in service for the benefit of others.

Why Volunteer at Habitat? I love the difference Habitat makes in the community.

Hobbies Outside of Habitat: spend time with grandkids, work

Why Should Others get Involved with Habitat? Because it’s fun, creative and when you are focused on giving and serving, you feel so good!

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