On Wednesday, January 25, volunteers from our ReStore locations, construction crews, and committees came together to celebrate their commitment to the local community and their generosity.
Caitlyn Conibear, Volunteer Manager at Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, brought together the volunteers from across the organization to celebrate their accomplishments and to recognize all their hard work over the year.
She emceed the event and introduced the speakers, which included Construction Supervisor Chris Lane, Board of Directors President Lillian Colasurdo, and CEO David Mullin. They all expressed gratitude and discussed how volunteer work changes the lives of families in the area.
It takes around 300 volunteers to build a single home, and they are a key part of our organization’s model. By keeping labor costs low, we are able to make the homes more affordable for our partner families who purchase them.
Volunteers in our ReStores are crucial to helping our ReStores operate smoothly. They assist with donations, testing electronics, organizing, pricing, and so much more. Without them, we would not be able to do what we do.
In 2023, over 4,400 volunteers donated over 26,000 hours of their time towards the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity mission. Some volunteers have been with the organization for over 20 years. One attendee, Jane, is one of our longest-serving volunteers, having worked with Green Mountain Habitat for 28 years.
A dedicated volunteer group, the self-proclaimed “Geezer Team” was recognized by WCAX Super Senior series this year for their passion for Green Mountain Habitat’s mission. Their most recent project, a single-family home in Colchester, was completed in only 31 workdays, which is a record for the crew.
To say thank you, we organized donations from several local businesses for the volunteers. Guests received Ben and Jerry’s scoop-ons, Mount Mansfield Maple Products candies, items from Twincraft Skincare, goodies from Ursa Major Skincare, and other Habitat merchandise. Queen City Brewery, the Vermont Lake Monsters, Skida, and Champlain Valley Apiaries donated items for bingo as well.
Longtime volunteer and Board member Bruce Venner also donated homemade trivets using leftover hardwood from recent builds.
Guests enjoyed a lovely Italian meal from Bove’s catering service. Smiles were wide as guests ate dinner, mingled, and enjoyed desserts.
To learn more about volunteering with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, visit our webpage on volunteering.