Recently Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia held a volunteer appreciation event, at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, to thank all of the wonderful people who donate their time to help build homes and serve on the various committees. The event was sponsored by Equifax, a Habitat partner for many years.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Points of Light Award. This award is given to a group of special volunteers who have made significant contributions to the organization over several years. The volunteers who were recognized have dedicated countless hours in the areas of construction, family services and community partnerships; Mike Baker, Bob Bunker, Lamar Chambers, Sybil Eidson, Lionel Graves, David Keller, Dick Osborn, Marianne Pieper, John Sergo, Jack Spicer, Wayne Smith and Phil Torchio. For the first time, Habitat also recognized previous Points of Light awardees who have continued their involvement with Habitat for at least five years since receiving the award. The volunteers recognized for this honor were; Bill Corley, Bob Cornetti, LeRoy Fuss, Jerry Van Gundy, Bob Lehrer, Dick Wolfe, Anice Foster, Jim Wallace, Ira Higginbotham, Tom Scheuerer, Dal Zierk and Sue Waite. In addition, four employees were presented with hammer plaques commemorating ten years of employment at Habitat North Central Georgia; Dede Allen, Laura Cutlip, Velyna Johnson and Dave McLaughlin.
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 250 homes have been completed and over 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 25% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 30-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever. For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.