Seven years ago when Mark Baldwin moved to Sunriver he was finally looking at retirement and a sunny place to live after leaving Portland. He had been with the Lennox Corporation in sales and marketing and considered himself a people person. His full time retirement was short-lived when he started to become a part of his new home in the Sunriver area. It was not too long before the friends he was making introduced him to an organization that he would come to take very seriously.
As Baldwin learned more and more about the Habitat organization, his feelings about Habitat for Humanity- the motto of ‘offering a hand up, not a hand-out’, made perfect sense to Baldwin and he decided to get involved. Five years ago he joined the board of Directors with Newberry Habitat. He has been involved with all of the events, activities and the builds for those years and it has made him think about the possibility of building a habitat home for veterans. Baldwin believes there is a real need to create housing for local vets. “It is my dream to build a permanent home for these men and women who served to protect us,” Baldwin explained. But this is not all of what Baldwin has been up to since coming on board!
When he first started, Baldwin was on a Committee with local United Way chairman, John Salzer, (Note: Salzer’s wife is part of the Habitat Board, as well,) to establish a ReStore in south Deschutes County. When they found a location the board moved forward under Salzer’s committee recommendations and leadership and it resulted in the retail location in North La Pine. The ReStore is a place to shop, to donate and to volunteer and it has been increasingly successful over the past few years, so much so, that the Newberry Habitat has just kicked off a capital campaign to pay off the mortgage on the ReStore that would free up additional funds to be used to pay for a new house every year for a Habitat family- maybe a Habitat Veteran!
Baldwin has been a busy contributor to the Board for these past five years. He was recently at the groundbreaking for the latest Habitat home in Terry Park. He and his friend John Salzer both were excited about the newest addition to the Habitat families in La Pine.
“My wife and I do shop at the ReStore and we enjoy our kitchen additions,” Baldwin continued. “I find it very gratifying to be part of the Newberry Habitat for Humanity and have made many wonderful- and involved- friends.”
Mr. Baldwin and his wife will continue to work towards the goal of building community by building homes with the local affiliate, Newberry Habitat for Humanity. Mark invites you to make donations to the ReStore and volunteer at the store or at one of the builds to gain a better perspective about what Habitat can do for the local community. “Just call the main office in Sunriver 541-593-5005 to get information on how to make a big difference!”