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Hawkins uses his 22-plus years of experience as a former operations manager at Willow Lake Waste Water Pollution Control Facility to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
“I have been volunteering for Habitat for five or six years,” Hawkins said. “I just like helping people, and this is the perfect outlet to use my skills and help. The Lord wants us to go out and help people, so that is what I want to do.”
Hawkins just finished up leading a lead paint removal and house painting project for the new “A Brush with Kindness” program that assists homeowners with needed exterior repairs.
“It’s all about helping people feel good about being in their homes,” he said. “We provide an affordable method to allow homeowners that qualify to take care of things that they could not afford to have done.”
Hawkins volunteered about 30 hours over a four-day period to help with the project.
“It’s a brand new program here locally,” he said. “We were fortunate to have the volunteers and funds to help bring it to the Willamette Valley.”
Hawkins and his wife have made volunteering their mission.
“It is just something we love to do,” Hawkins said. “If someone needs help, we like to see what we can do to help out.”
Katie Stubblefield, director of programs at Habitat for Humanity, appreciates Hawkins and other volunteers.
“Volunteers are so important to Habitat,” Stubblefield said. “We rely heavily on our volunteers to be able to do what we do. Our committees are made up of volunteers. Our homes are built through volunteer labor, and our ReStore is mostly run by volunteers.
“We couldn’t have done this project without Walt,” Stubblefield added.
Walt Hawkins did GOOD today!
For more information on how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity visit: www.salemhabitat.org