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Senior Crew Spotlight | Chuck Gafford

Tell us a little about your background (where you grew up, your family, your career, etc.)
 I grew up in several mid-western cities from Indianapolis, IN to Kansas City, MO.  My wife Terri and I have lived in Appleton for the last 22 years.  We have a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.  I spent about 40 years in management positions starting with A & P Food Stores in 1970, with stops at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and finishing my career as a church business director here in Appleton just prior to retiring in 2013. Chuck and Terri
What made you decide to volunteer for Habitat?
 My wife’s company has a partnership with Habitat to support its employees in volunteering and she was chosen to go to Poland in 2006 as part of a corporate team.  She came back so pumped that we both went to Chicago to be trained as HFH team leaders.  Since that time we have led teams annually to Poland, Hungary and Macedonia this year.  It has become our passion and an important part of our lives!
When not volunteering with Habitat what do you do? (other volunteering, hobbies, work, etc.)
 When we aren’t volunteering locally or overseas, we help our kids with home improvement projects, spoil our grand kids and travel to new countries.  We visited Israel last fall which now gives us a new 3-D look at the scriptures after visiting so many of the important Christian sites.
What do you enjoy most about Habitat? (what work do you like most, what keeps you coming back, etc.)
 The interaction with the families and the volunteers is a special relationship that has hooked us from the beginning. We’ll keep doing this as long as we are physically able!
What is something about you might be a surprise to those with whom you volunteer?  
 I’m a preacher’s kid.  My father was a pastor for over 40 years.

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