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Newberry Habitat Honors Volunteers

Newberry Habitat Honors Volunteers

On September 13th, Newberry Habitat held a luncheon at the La Pine Senior Center to honor the many wonderful volunteers that help the various parts of keeping the Habitat for Humanity office, The La Pine ReStore and the two new builds going strong!

Over the past year, hundreds of hours have been volunteered by people across South Deschutes County to do the jobs that make the local Habitat organization run smoothly.

People who volunteer at the ReStore in La Pine do everything from accepting gently used items that are donated at the store, picking up larger donations in the ReStore truck, sorting the items and pricing them for resale, working on displays, and keeping track of stock in the yard.

Volunteers at the main office work on books, communications and assist the Executive Director with the administrative tasks. This year, Marianne Arnold and Marlene Guasco were honored for their hard work. Habitat committees work out of the main office and the board meets between the Sunriver office and La Pine City Hall on a quarterly cycle.

Barbara Wade was named NHFH Volunteer of the Year for her work on Grant writing and volunteering countless hours at the ReStore. Wade is a former board President and has served for years at Newberry Habitat!

Rolando Alonzo at the La Pine ReStore honored his Volunteer of the Year, Leonard Wittler. Leonard has displayed initiative and great team work throughout the past year.

Board President, Dick Arnold honored Jim Putney for his leadership in raising almost $150,000 for the ReStore Capital Campaign.
Tom O’Shea, Managing Director of the Sunriver Resort, was honored with the “Board Special Mention” award for funds raised through the annual Crosswater Invitational and Showcase event and the annual Gingerbread Junction event, as well as for donations of furniture and other household items to the ReStore.

Each year the main goal of Newberry Habitat for Humanity is to build a new home for a qualified applicant in the home owner program. They hold classes for potential DIY-ers and volunteers to teach safety and basic skills during the winter and spring of the year and prepare folks with everything from no experience- to a little- to a lot of building experience.

We start every year with a Women Build Day in early May. Then we ask the community for people who will volunteer to build La Pine one house at a time and these great volunteers spend 1or 2 days every week from the beginning of the build season until the home is finished- ready to be occupied by the new homeowner! This year we are building for two separate families and we have been averaging a dozen or more volunteers every day! What a thrill it has been to see the homes go from the ground up into real homes!

All of these individuals work tirelessly to help build the dreams of new homeowners and the NHFH honors those special individuals for what they do at this fun annual event. Whether they build the homes, work on the various committees, serve on the Board of Directors or sell in the ReStore, it is the volunteers who make it all happen! NHFH is proud of these giving individuals and on September 13th, they were celebrated by all of the attendees and shown just how much they are appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer to work at the ReStore check out the store in La Pine or go online to If you would like information about the Home Owners Program, you can pick up an application at the ReStore or go online and find out how to volunteer, donate money or gently used items for resale or the hours for shopping. All of these ways are ways you can help the local NHFH affiliate make progress in their mission to build new homes.

By T. Myers

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