Volunteer Appreciation Party 2021

We had a great time celebrating our volunteers at our volunteer appreciation party! Check out some of the photos of this great event.

The families currently in the Habitat Homebuyer Program and the Habitat staff members worked together to decorate this banner with hand prints and thank you messages to volunteers.

 Every year it is hard to choose who to recognize as Volunteers of the Year!

Check out this year’s ReStore volunteers of the year, two high school students with 100 hours each!

Ryan Lloyd has taken on a leadership role testing and processing donated items with plugs and batteries. He even has started teaching new volunteers on this more skilled task.

Alan Laboy is very patient, kind to all, and especially helpful with customers. It does not matter the task he is always there to lend a hand.

Check out this year’s Construction Volunteers of the Year:

Kenneth Vancura joined the volunteer team in August. Since then he has worked on four different homes! He is always ready to work on whatever task is presented, and is always ready to learn from our volunteers who have been coming out for years.

Colleen Brown is a retired teacher, and it is obvious in her willingness to guide, teach and be patient with other, newer, volunteers! For her no task is too small- whether it is framing or trim work, she just grabs her tools and gets the job done!

Gary Garretson has been on our French Avenue site since day one. He is extremely dedicated and is always willing to lend a hand to other volunteers to make sure they get the tasks done right. He’s even used his extensive construction experience to show Andy a thing or two!

Every year we choose one special volunteer group to recognize for Volunteer Group of the Year. This year we recognized the Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at University of Central Florida! This volunteer group went above and beyond despite the pandemic. They were our first group back out when we began accepting groups again after our COVID freeze on groups. They recruit volunteers when a need arises even with only a few days notice. They are hardworking and dedicated.


The award was accepted on behalf of the entire club by the Club’s President, Alejandro Mendez- Ruiz, and the Club’s Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey Boyd

A few members of the club who had completed over 40 volunteer hours last year joined the photo including, Rachael Sheck, Elijah Bohin, and Theo Heffner. 

This year’s Millard Fuller Award went to Elijah Bohin. His commitment to Habitat for Humanity’s mission of affordable housing has truly been heartwarming to see. He lives on the other side of Orlando, and often drives 30 miles on a Saturday morning to get out to volunteer. Nothing keeps this volunteer down, he is always willing to try a new task, work as a great team member, and makes other’s laugh while he is at it!

Volunteers enjoyed our photo props area!

Check out a few candid photos from the event:

Though we couldn’t invite everyone to this year’s party, because we wanted to keep it small for safety, we are so grateful to every volunteer! Thank you for your dedication and the valuable gift of your time!