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25 Years | From Volunteer to Staff

2018 marks Fox Cities Habitat’s 25th anniversary. In celebration, we’ll be sharing stories and memories from the Habitat family. Have a memory you’d like to share? Contact Jodi Isom at [email protected]

Did you know? Rock the Block Coordinator, Sarah Wylie began with the Habitat family by volunteering with the Habitat ReStore, helping out with homeowner education and, of course, volunteering at Rock the Block events. Sarah shares her memories of Habitat:

“Making donation calls as a volunteer at ReStore East. The Cheeto’s were well stocked& I would get a lot of reading done between taking calls and scheduling the pickups. Able to meet many friendly faces, many of which I now get to call co-workers.

Doing the RTB event in Neenah as a volunteer, working in a group of 6 of us, including our amazing leader, Pat (Zabel? Older guy). We were working on building a shed, making new friends (who we’re still friends with now), and patting ourselves on the back for our progress…. That’s when Kevin G came around checking on projects, and kindly informed us that we needed to remove several layers of siding and redo because they weren’t lined up evenly on all sides. We spent more time redoing stuff, and our egos were shot. Kevin G, of course, was super nice about it and using this as a teachable moment, showing us the best way to approach it- he’s such a great teacher! We nicknamed him QC (the Quality Control guy). HFH still takes pride in quality workmanship, which is awesome!

Doing my first Rock the Block event as a staff, and was asked to bring a group of volunteers out to join others in on a community project who’d finished at their jobsite early. I was entrusted to drive a van, the first mistake (if anyone’s been brave enough to drive with me). I had to get directions from one of the local volunteers, she was so sweet and patient, and when we had finally made what felt like the never-ending hike through mud to meet the other volunteers, were informed that they’re breaking for lunch!! Talk about a learning opportunity. Luckily, the volunteers that day were good-natured about it and (at least in front of me) could laugh about it. Think this just goes to show that we really do have the best volunteers out there!!”

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