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The Raise the Roof Golf Tournament is Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual outreach and fundraising event which generates support to help families make a brighter future for their children. This event would not be possible without Habitat’s partnership with General Mills and all of their volunteers. Leading up to this year’s tournament, Habitat was able to talk to Linda and Rich Johnson, a couple of General Mills volunteers who have been volunteering at the event for over 10 years.

Guest blog written by Laurie, Holy Hammers and Women Build volunteer

About Laurie

I have lived in the Twin Cities all my life.  I'm a facilitator, most recently in educating adults about diversity and inclusion, which fits perfectly with Habitat for Humanity's mission of providing homes for families regardless of who they are or what they believe.

Guest Blog by Laura Oyen
Grants & Compliance Assistant at Twin Cities Habitat

Many of us take different journeys to arrive at Habitat. Prior to my working at Habitat I was a Contract Analyst in the Group Contracts department of Securian Financial. Insurance might not be the most exciting of industries to work in, but there are several similarities between building homes and life insurance.

Program Information Center (PIC)

Jennifer volunteers as a Program Information Center (PIC) volunteer and we are so thankful! So, what do these volunteers do?

Program Information Center volunteers support staff in providing accurate and timely information about our programs and services by answering questions and directing phone calls. We need volunteers who are outgoing, customer-service focused, and willing to make a long-term commitment to this position.

Our five-year, $55 million fundraising campaign to double Habitat homeownership opportunities for local families, Multiplying the Impact, is right on track. If you’ve donated or volunteered, you’re part of this campaign. Thank you.

It’s going to take all of us digging deeper to reach our goals. A great way to do that is to lead your very own Habitat build day.

Sound scary? It’s not! Just ask Catina Koenig. Inspired by the campaign, she decided to lead her own build day—even though she had only volunteered with Habitat just once before.

Guest blog by Shannon Twiss
Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member


April 8-12 is National Volunteer Recognition week, not just at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, but all across the country. Each year, nonprofit organizations and communities recognize volunteers and celebrate service. National Volunteer Week was established by Points of Light, and started in 1974.

WendyWendy Harris is a giver. She gives her time, her talents, her knowledge, her friendship, her physical labor, and even her money to others in an effort to make someone's life better, to make the world a better place.

From September to mid-June, Wendy works as a social studies teacher at Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, where she also teaches braille and technology to DeafBlind students and coordinates the DeafBlind club. During her summer breaks, she volunteers at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. We are honored to have the support of volunteers and donors like Wendy. Here's her story.

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