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August Volunteer News
A monthly update on all things volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County
In the last week of July, volunteers completed application of peel-and-stick Vycor Housewrap donated by Grace Building products at the Gold Bar 2 home.
Welcome Aaron Olsen, our new AmeriCorps Member!
Aaron Olsen has long been an advocate for the poor and underprivileged.

When he was a mental health case manager for homeless persons in Ogden, Utah, Aaron saw firsthand how supported housing can stabilize families and provide an escape from poverty. "A place to live can keep people out of the emergency room," he said. "I watched people who were homeless and chronically unemployed get jobs and start to support themselves once they were off the streets and in a home. Housing can change lives, and I believe everyone has the right to have shelter."

Aaron is working toward a Master's Degree in Public Health because he is dedicated to serving his greater community and his nation. He stumbled upon the AmeriCorps VISTA program while researching jobs that would complement his graduate studies.

Volunteering for a year was a perfect fit, allowing Aaron the opportunities to see how nonprofit organizations work up close to serve those in need, and to work in a position that would use his undergraduate and professional experience.

"AmeriCorps VISTA has been a great way for my career to pivot," he says. "I wanted something other than the jobs I was working and I knew I needed a change. Getting into graduate school and serving in AmeriCorps for a year are just what I needed to give myself a reboot."

Aaron will be raising funds for our Habitat for Humanity affiliate, where he will call upon his marketing and PR experience to gather donations, sponsors and secure grants for the organization.
Volunteer Updates
Truck Assistance Urgently Needed! We need a volunteer to help on our donations truck Thursdays and Fridays beginning this week! The donations truck volunteer will join the driver from 9 a.m. until early- or mid- afternoon to pick up donations from homes. Assistance is greatly needed as there are many donations requiring two people to lift items.

If you’ve been to a volunteer orientation and would like to help, please register on our website for the Thursday and/or Friday truck shifts. Please contact volunteer@habitatsnohomish.org with any questions. 

Farmers Markets : Volunteers are joining Board Members and staff to host tables at local farmer’s markets this summer. We are so grateful to have volunteers that speak about our organization and mission with the public and bring awareness to our work! We will be at the Everett Farmer's Market August 25.

Gold Bar Construction: Volunteers continue to help build the Gold Bar home in partnership with homeowners Michael and Vickie. In the last few weeks, volunteers have completed framing, installed house wrap and roof trusses. In the next few weeks they’ll begin the rough-in , focusing on plumbing, electrical and roofing. Thank you to all who volunteer to build this home!

We can use more help! If you’re interested in joining on the build site, please attend a volunteer orientation. Build days are every Wednesday and occasional Saturdays.
Group opportunities are still available! Click here for more information on volunteering as a group.

Lunch donations are still needed for our volunteers on the build site! Please contact volunteer@habitatsnohomish.org if you’re interested in donating lunch.
Smokey Point Habitat Store: The Smokey Point Habitat Store is now accepting donations! Volunteers are needed to assist in the donation center and to help begin operating the store so we can open to shoppers quickly.

The Smokey Point Grand Opening event is September 7 and volunteers are needed to help with this event as well. If you’re interested in volunteering September 7, please contact volunteer@habitatsnohomish.org
Volunteer Spotlight: Chuck Farr
Chuck Farr has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County since moving to this area after completing Peace Corps service in Eastern Europe. Though Chuck is a newer volunteer, it hasn’t prevented him from jumping in and helping wherever he is needed. 
“Chuck has been very generous with his time and talent! Recently, knowing that the Lynnwood Store manager was on vacation, Chuck offered to take more shifts on the cash register,” Administrative Specialist Kathleen Green said. “He also let us know that he is able to drive a box truck so he trained with our driver and, while our driver was on vacation, Chuck picked up donated items.”
Chuck first began volunteering at Habitat in the office. Shortly after, he added a double shift cashiering in the Lynnwood Habitat Store. Now, in addition to his weekly shifts in the office and in the store, Chuck will drive the donation pick-up truck when our regular truck driver is on vacation!

“In addition, he maintained his weekly shift in the administrative office – AND volunteered at our Edmonds Farmers Market booth that weekend,” Kathleen Green said. “We are very grateful that Chuck chose Habitat Snohomish when he was researching volunteer opportunities.”

Chuck is a team player and he’s helped in almost every area of the organization. We miss him when he goes back to his job preparing tax returns the first few months of the year. We are so thankful Chuck chooses to dedicate time to our mission.
Become a Habitat Volunteer
We are always looking for new volunteers. Please sign up to attend an orientation and start volunteering.

Upcoming orientations:
  • Everett Habitat Store: Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. 
  • Lynnwood Habitat Store/Office: Aug. 7 & 27 at 4 p.m. 
  • Smokey Point Habitat Store: Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.
Interested in helping behind the scenes?
If you have time and expertise to share, we currently have opportunities to apply for our Board of Directors and/or join a committee. Committees include Resource Development, Faith Relations, Veterans Build, Construction, Family Services and Real Estate. For more information and a description of these opportunities, please contact volunteer@habitatsnohomish.org .