Bob Jaeschke of Door County Habitat for Humanity, right, receives the Northeast Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year award from former Green Bay Packers player Bill Schroeder.
Habitat for Humanity plans to ceremonially dedicate its 35th home in Door County with a celebration set for 5 p.m. Thursday at 725 East Galley Place in Sturgeon Bay. The family, community leaders, Habitat staff and volunteers will gather to commemorate the completion of Door County Habitat for Humanity's latest new home.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, speak with the family and tour the home.
The Thursday dedication celebration represents an important milestone in what has turned out to be a very busy 20th anniversary year for the affiliate, which has built or financed more than 115 homes worldwide. In addition to completing one home, the Door County affiliate is working on another that should be finished before Christmas. Several painting and repair projects for existing homeowners have been taken on through Habitat's A Brush With Kindness Program.
Thursday's dedication is in part a result of a new partnership between Door County Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo. In August a group of eight Wells Fargo volunteers helped to paint, landscape and build a storage shed for the new home. In addition, a grant of $15,000 was received through a national partnership between Habitat and Wells Fargo.
Door County Habitat for Humanity's 35th home was started in late April (almost a month late due to inclement weather) and took fewer than 40 volunteer days to complete. More than 3,100 hours worked by nearly 100 volunteers over the course of 45 days went into the successful completion of this project. More than 95 percent of all the building materials used in the home were purchased in Door County, and local and national donors provided more than $11,000 of in-kind donations and volunteer labor.
Volunteer of the Year
Bob Jaeschke has been named Volunteer of the Year for Habitat's Northeast Wisconsin region. Jaeschke, an active volunteer for Door County Habitat, received the award during the "What WI Builds" Volunteer Awards banquet at Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin's annual statewide conference in Wisconsin Dells.
"Bob is a member of our affiliate's board of directors and construction committee and has become a leader for our new A Brush with Kindness home repair initiative," said Rick Nelson, executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity. "He's assisted us in updating our floor plans, helped train participants for our Woman's Build, helped with our first whole house remodel, and steps in to volunteer wherever he's needed. He's been a real blessing to our affiliate."
"Bob is a wonderful example of how volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization," said Sara Kierzek, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin, the statewide support organization serving Habitat affiliates throughout Wisconsin, and the host of the 2013 Volunteers of the Year banquet. "His dedication to the mission of Habitat is an inspiration, and this award is so richly deserved."
Jaeschke was chosen from nominees from Habitat affiliates throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. There are 41 local Habitat affiliates in the state, with several thousand volunteers helping support the mission of Habitat each year.