2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH AWARDS
Cheryl LaSalle January 2019: Cheryl volunteers about once a week as a ReStore cashier and also answers the phones in the office when needed. “Cheryl has been such a great volunteer. She has filled in when others couldn’t make it, sometimes volunteering 3 days a week in the ReStore. The ReStore is our largest fundraiser and is an important part of our mission of providing affordable housing in Cumberland County,” said Family Services and Volunteer Coordinator, Sherry Chesson.
Cheryl is originally from Ohio and also lived in New York for 25 years before calling Crossville, Tennessee her home. Cheryl is a retired teacher and also volunteers with the Fairfield Glade Library. “I enjoy the interaction with people and I encourage others in the community to give Habitat for Humanity a try if they have spare time. I admire what Habitat does, it’s a wonderful atmosphere to volunteer,” said Cheryl about her volunteer service.
Keith and Carol Pontius November & December 2018: Carol is a ReStore cashier once a week and Keith works ReStore customer service, wrapping and bagging customer purchases. “We enjoy meeting new people. Volunteering gives us a sense of accomplishment,” said Carol about her volunteer service.
Keith is originally from Ohio and moved to Crossville 23 years ago. He is a retired Manufacturer Representative of paper boxes. Carol is originally from California and lived in Michigan for 30 years before moving to Crossville. She was previously an accountant and controller for a large insurance agency. Along with their volunteer service with Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity, Keith is involved with the Fairfield Glade Lion’s Club and was District Governor in Ohio and Tennessee. Carol volunteers with the Fairfield Glade Ladies Club as the Treasurer and is also a member of the Fairfield Glade Fire Department Board of Directors.
Greg volunteers 4-5 days a week working to complete the 3 homes currently under construction. “I like the volunteers I work with and I love helping people” said Greg about his volunteer experience.
Greg is originally from South Jersey and now calls Clarkrange, Tennessee his home. His previous employment was roofing, siding and other construction areas. “Greg is such a great asset to our team of volunteers. We have been working really hard to get these homes ‘dried in’ before winter and Greg has been a big part of that. There is still much to be done and I know Greg will dedicate his time until we reach completion because that’s just who he is,” said Construction Site Supervisor Brian Sohl.
Kathy Flanagan September 2018: Kathy volunteers is in the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity office answering the phones one day a week. “Habitat does so much and helps so many. The atmosphere here is wonderful. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of something great”, said Kathy about her volunteer service.
Originally from upstate New York, Kathy has lived in California, Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida, and now calls Crossville her home. She spent 18 years with Pacific Telecommunications and currently owns and operates Kathy’s K-9 Services where she grooms pets.
“We are so thankful for Kathy and the service she provides. She cares about Habitat for Humanity’s mission and the people in her community. Kathy is such a humble person and truly dedicated to making the world around her better,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Chesson.
Bob and Candy Braun July & August 2018: Bob volunteers as a driver assistant on the ReStore truck and helps to unload and load incoming donations. Candy volunteers in the ReStore craft department painting and repurposing.
Bob and Candy were born in Iowa but have also lived in Ohio and now call Crossville, Tennessee their home. Bob previously worked in Operation Management for a large automotive company in the parts distribution field. Candy worked in special education and as a librarian before retirement. “I’m happy to see the individuals working at Habitat, their hard work going towards building homes for those that might not be able to buy a home otherwise,” said Bob about volunteering.
Cynthia Beck Jacob “J.J.” Jacobsen May & June 2018: Both Cynthia and J.J. volunteer in the ReStore once a week cleaning, pricing, and doing whatever is most useful. “We like volunteering because we like making a difference and helping others,” said Cynthia.
Originally from Wisconsin, Cynthia and J.J. moved to Knoxville in 2013 before moving to Rockwood about a year ago. Cynthia received her degree in Natural Resources and has worked for the USPS, retail, and as an antique mall manager. She was a home schooling mom involved in 4-H and a youth group leader for 25 years. Now Cynthia is raising and homeschooling J.J. She is also involved in her church, If I Be Lifted Up, located in Knoxville. “I love that Habitat for Humanity builds homes for people and make them affordable for families,” said Cynthia.
“It’s been so great having Cynthia and J.J. here. They have been a tremendous help in the ReStore. J.J. is such a sweet and fun-loving kid, he brings such energy and enthusiasm every time he’s here,” said Donations Coordinator, Pat Wiedemann.
Peggy Decker April 2018: Peggy and her husband moved to Crossville a year ago. When she heard about the Craft Department at Habitat’s ReStore, she readily volunteered. She typically volunteers three half days a week creating items offered for sale in the ReStore and given as house-warming gifts to new Habitat homeowners.
Of her experience with Habitat, Peggy said, “I love that my time and love for arts and crafts is going to such a good cause. I also love being around other volunteers.”
Sherry Chesson, the Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator describes Peggy as “one of the most thoughtful people around. She is consistently pleasant and radiates positivity.”