Everett, WA – November 16, 2012 – On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, Housing Hope hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Event at the Everett Transit Center. The event honors all individuals who volunteer their time at the agency and focuses on those named as Volunteers of the Year.
Housing Hope, founded in 1987, recognizes that safe, decent and affordable housing is only the first step in creating housing stability for struggling families. The agency employs approximately 83 full- and part-time staff, but has almost 340 volunteers of all ages in various capacities, to deliver needed services for formally homeless families to gain self sufficiency.
“Volunteers have been a part of Housing Hope history since day one, when the agency was founded by volunteers,” says Executive Director of Housing Hope, Ed Petersen. “The event is a small token of our extreme gratitude for the countless hours our volunteers give each year.”
This year, six individuals and one company were presented with the Volunteer of the Year award for their outstanding service to the agency. Recognition plaques were presented to Bruce and Tamara Anderson, Tracy Bryson, Jeff Capeloto, Tammy Hester, Nicole Van Beek and Windermere Commercial and Property Management NW for their service in childcare, construction with Team HomeBuilding, legal advice, administration, event assistance, and organizing supply drives.
In addition, Carol Jensen was presented with a Presidential Lifetime Service Award. This prestigious award is given to individuals who have 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over their lifetime. Jensen has been involved with Housing Hope for 23 years, focusing primarily on the Stanwood community, but also serving on the main board of directors, including two years as president. She was presented with a personalized plaque, lapel pin and a congratulatory letter signed by President Barack Obama.
The event featured a special performance by Jason Quick, a one armed juggler. Several deserts were donated by local companies including: Bite Me Cupcakes, The Spotted Cow Cream & Bean, Albertsons, QFC and Starbucks.
For more information about volunteering for Housing Hope, please contact Kyleigh Gray, at (425) 347-6556 or email email@example.com
About Housing Hope
Housing Hope combines emergency shelter and transitional housing with critical services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment counseling. Housing Hope also offers affordable-rent apartments and homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Housing Hope’s website is www.housinghope.org.