Habitat volunteer stories

Habitat volunteer stories

Tom Wierenga, shy volunteerTom Wierenga

“I just volunteer,” he said with a shy smile. That’s not exactly what you expect to hear from someone who received two volunteer awards in one year! Tom Wierenga, pictured on the left, received the Citibank – SD Volunteer of the Year award from his employer, and the Supporter of the Year award at the Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota annual banquet.  Tom and his wife, Marian, are prime examples of the kind of caring, giving folks who make Habitat work. You will often find them in the audience, but you will never see them clamoring for attention!

In 2004, you would have found Tom in Mexico. He had the privilege of joining the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Puebla, Mexico. Citibank sponsored this life-changing trip.

We are honored to recognize and thank Tom Wierenga for his long-time dedication to the mission of Habitat. In his 15 (documented) years with Habitat Sioux Falls he has:

• Supervised builds of 14 Habitat homes sponsored by his employer, Citibank, SD. In that role Tom has organized, recruited, oriented, led, and taught countless Citi employees in the art of construction;
• Served on the Habitat Construction Advisory Committee, working monthly among volunteers to advise and assist with construction-related issues. For three of those years, he chaired the committee;
• Served on the Habitat Board of Directors through the two-term limit (six years). His hands-on knowledge of how and why things are done, his long-time experience, and his innate solid judgment and common sense made him a valuable barometer for the Board. And now, he’s returning to the Habitat Sioux Falls Board!
• Been our solid liaison to Citi, whose corporate commitment to affordable housing and support of community partnerships shines through people like Tom.