Habitat honors volunteers who put in more than 26,700 hours

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Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity's volunteers were recently honored for their combined 26,700 hours of service over the last year. Courtesy photo.
Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers were recently honored for their combined 26,700 hours of service over the last year. Courtesy photo.

Some local residents who have lent a helping hand recently received a pat on the back for their work.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity honored its team of volunteers during an annual appreciation dinner on Oct. 18 on the deck of the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship.

“You could feel the camaraderie among volunteers, see the gratefulness of Habitat’s staff and homeowners and hear the many ways that volunteers have helped transform lives,” Habitat spokeswoman Jessica Loeper said.

According to Loeper, volunteers have put in a total of more than 26,700 hours with the local non-profit over the last year. Cape Fear Habitat works to provide safe and affordable homes to quailifying families.

“These dedicated volunteers are a part of every facet of our organization,” she noted. “Volunteers are the heart of Cape Fear Habitat. They make a difference every day, and Cape Fear Habitat is proud to honor them and thank them for giving back.”

Top volunteer hour awards were presented to office, construction and ReStore volunteers.

2015 award winners:

  • Construction: Paul Woodworth–561 hours; Mike Kinzie–384 hours; Al Gumbs–312 hours.
  • Downtown ReStore: Jim Poe–459 hours; Ross Otters–244 hours; Lex Lofgren–237 hours.
  • Ogden ReStore: Chris Stidd–788 hours; Frank Guy–355 hours; Braxton Degraffenreidt–307 hours.
  • Office support: Fred Hammond–111 hours; Christine Schmitt–92 hours; Mary Vance Calhoun–61 hours.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s website for more information.