Celebrating the Unsung Heroes: Honoring Lifetime Achievements and Volunteer Excellence

By Katie Turk

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is pleased to extend its deepest gratitude to its dedicated volunteers for their selfless contributions throughout 2023.

In 2023, 900 volunteers served 27,536 hours.

The community is richer, and countless lives have been touched, thanks to the generosity and tireless efforts of these volunteers.

As a tribute to selfless dedication and community service, six of those volunteers were recently awarded Lifetime Achievement honors.

These extraordinary volunteers each devoted an incredible 4,000 hours to the mission, standing as true pillars of compassion and commitment.

Among these remarkable recipients are George Belanger, Debra Hill, Daisy Myers Hill, John Weneinger, Jennifer McCauley, Lynda Schroeder and Mike Riley.

Habitat for Humanity also recognized three exceptional 2023 Volunteers of the Year, one from each ReStore location.

These individuals displayed unparalleled dedication and enthusiasm in contributing to the success of each ResStore.

Vicky Rodgers was named Williamsburg ReStore Volunteer of the Year, Lynda Schroeder awarded for her work at the Newport News ReStore, and Dawna Priest for the Yorktown ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity’s construction team also presented Golden Hammer Awards to William Oren and Jim Reyher. Their efforts significantly contributed to Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing solutions for the community.

As we celebrate the achievements of these remarkable volunteers, it is essential to acknowledge the collective impact they have had on the lives of families in need.

Their commitment to the Habitat for Humanity mission serves as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the power of community and the positive change that can be achieved when individuals come together for a common cause.


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