Gesa Donates Time, Money to Support Local Habitat for Humanity Efforts
December 4, 2012
December 4, 2012
Michael Wetherell, manager of Gesa’s West Richland branch, provides needed trimming and tree care to a member’s home as part of Gesa’s participation in Habitat for Humanity’s I.M.P.A.C.T. Day.
Gesa Credit Union showed its support for Habitat for Humanity in more ways than one this fall.
Gesa employees took part in Habitat for Humanity Tri-Cities’ I.M.P.A.C.T. Day event on Oct. 27 in Richland, Wash., donating time and talent to a one-day home repair effort targeting veterans and low-income, elderly, and disabled members of the community.
Gesa sponsored a team of 15 volunteers who helped perform critical repairs to the home of a woman in need. Volunteers assisted with yard cleanup and removed a dead tree that was leaning close to the house, making it unsafe for the elderly homeowner.
“Our staff really enjoys getting out in the community and making a difference,” said Gesa President and CEO Christina Lethlean. “Many of them have learned new skills volunteering with Habitat, and they all take away a sense of satisfaction knowing they’ve been able to help others in such a real and meaningful way.”
Earlier in the month, Gesa donated $3,500 to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Wenatchee Area to help the organization host a Volunteer Appreciation Night at its newly opened Habitat for Humanity Store.
The Wenatchee Habitat affiliate had been searching for a way to show its appreciation to those who have volunteered on home builds and who have assisted with development of the Habitat Store.
“We wanted to hold an event to really thank our volunteers for all the hard work they put into this organization,” said Natalie Narby, Habitat for Humanity’s executive director.
With a limited budget, Habitat reached out to Gesa for support.
“Habitat has truly made an impact in our community,” Lethlean said. “We’re delighted to help Habitat show their volunteers how much they’re appreciated.”
Ultimately, Habitat staff, volunteers and donors were treated to local wines, hors d’oeuvres, and a tour of the newly opened Habitat for Humanity Store at the Oct. 10 event.
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with low-income working families, sponsors and communities to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families.
Habitat is one of Gesa’s two primary community partners. According to Gesa’s website, the credit union is working “to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity, with staff and management taking active roles in volunteering and fundraising.”
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