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Dorchester Habitat presents the 2015 Golden Hammer Awards!
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity recently recognized three outstanding volunteers by awarding them Habitat for Humanity’s highest honor - the Golden Hammer Award. Robert Arrington, Randy Patrick and Michelle Rizzo are recognized for their dedication, service and support of Dorchester Habitat’s Construction and Homeownership Program and working to fulfill Dorchester Habitat’s Mission of “Putting God’s Love Into Action By Bringing People Together Building Homes and Hope.”
Dorchester Habitat thanks these exceptional individuals for going above and beyond in their efforts to further Dorchester Habitat’s Mission and to develop and improve affordable, permanent housing in partnership with low-wealth families in Dorchester County. Robert, Randy and Michelle have personally sacrificed to put their beliefs and love for others into action for the good of others less fortunate than themselves.
Robert Arrington has graciously donated his expertise and services as a professional land surveyor in support of Dorchester Habitat’s Construction and Homeownership Program by serving on the Site Selection Team since 2012. Robert generously donates his professional services and time to prepare plats for Habitat homes. Robert is the President of RLA Associates, PA (professional land surveyors) that has its main office in Summerville. Robert’s generosity and support have saved Habitat homeowners thousands of dollars in the cost of their Habitat homes by providing professional, licensed services that would otherwise be an additional cost to purchase a Habitat home. Robert truly helps to keep the cost of Habitat homes low and affordable for hardworking, low-wealth families who otherwise could not afford to purchase a home.
Since 2006, Randy Patrick has worked with Dorchester Habitat staff and fellow volunteers to grow and support the Construction and Homeownership Program. For over ten years, Randy has utilized his engineering skills, experience and expertise in serving on Dorchester Habitat’s Board of Directors, the Construction Team and the Site Selection Team. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and currently works as the Senior Project Manager and Operations Manager with Michael Baker International. Randy has served as a vital link between Dorchester Habitat and northern Dorchester County and the St. George area.
For more than five years, Michelle Rizzo has unselfishly dedicated herself to spreading and increasing the impact of Dorchester Habitat’s work for the benefit of our neighbors. She has supported the Construction and Homeownership Program through her service on the Board of Directors (former President and former Secretary); the Executive Team; the Fundraising/Resource Development Team; the Grants Team; the HR Advisory Team; and the Nominating Team. Michelle is a licensed and practicing Real Estate Broker in South Carolina. Her myriad of skills have allowed her to work in various professions and roles: in real estate sales as an independent contractor; as a project manager for Cardinal Health; in the local government; as a teacher; as a college adjunct professor; an event planner; and the owner of a real estate business. Michelle is a blessing to Dorchester Habitat partner families as she puts into action her desire “to give what has been so graciously given to me, back to the community.” Michelle has used her life experiences, skills and expertise to improve the lives of our neighbors and the organizational structure and processes of Dorchester Habitat.
Summerville Business Professionals make year end donation to Dorchester Habitat!
The Summerville Business Professionals donates annually to local nonprofit organizations. This year, the group gave $500 each to Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, Dorchester Children's Center, and the Francis R. Willis SPCA.
Dorchester Habitat is truly grateful for the partnership and support from the Summerville Business Professionals!