Organizations Sponsor Homes at Farewell Party
Moving our mission forward takes great partnerships and during the Farewell Celebration for our departed Executive Director Tony Miranda (photo gallery),
some key partners announced to our surprise the sponsorship of four homes in our Hope Village subdivision in Southeast Fresno. Granville Homes who has always donated to Habitat ReStore announced a donation of $12,500 to sponsor the Chang home, Union Bank who has donated consistently for 12 years announced they too would donate $12,500 to sponsor theThao home, and in celebration of their 110th year and Habitat Fresno's 30th year, the Fresno Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors announced they each would donate $12,500 for a total of $25,000 to sponsor the Herr home and the Thao home.
Our New Construction Volunteer Coordinator
We welcome Ashley Hedemann as our Construction Site Volunteer Coordinator. She started her position May 2nd, but she is not new to Habitat for Humanity Fresno. She and her husband first volunteered for us in the fall of 2007. Ashley worked her way up to being a core volunteer before moving to New Mexico where she worked as Office Manager for a homebuilder before returning to Fresno a year ago and working as an ESL instructional aide.
These experiences have prepared her well for her new position.
“I didn’t realize how much I learned over the years about how many things are needed to make a build successful,” Ashley said. “As an employee, I’m involved in everything from scheduling volunteers to dedications and I love it.” When asked why she and her husband became Habitat volunteers, Ashley replied, “We thought it would be a great way to meet people,” she said. “We soon found it is much more than that.” Ashley couldn’t help but be touched by how friendly everyone is and how much fun they have together.
When asked why she accepted the position, she said enthusiastically, “Because of the people who are at Habitat!” Here’s how she describes them: “We believe in what we’re doing to help low-income people have a home. We have a positive environment, we do good, we get work done and, of course, we have fun!” To round out her active life, Ashley is a part-time student earning a master’s degree online in adult education. To learn more about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, click here.
A Few Important Mentions!
- Thank you to Fresno Rotary and its Foundation for donating $4,500 to help off-set the cost of purchasing a gently used Ford 150 construction truck – boy we sure needed it!