Volunteer Spotlight – Mark Goldstein

09 Feb

Mark Goldstein has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Niagara for just over 8 months and has been instrumental in helping out on our build sites and kitchen salvages. He recently received the Salvage Superstar award at Habitat Niagara’s Volunteer Christmas Social and Awards Ceremony.

Here’s what Mark had to say when he sat down with Jonna Wolfenberg, Habitat Niagara’s Volunteer Coordinator.

JW: Tell us a little about yourself

I am retired from Ontario Power Generation after 34 years. The first part of my career was spent working in the trades, and the last 10 as a Health and Safety Instructor.

JW:  Why did you decide to volunteer with Habitat Niagara?

I decided to get involved with Habitat for Humanity Niagara because I believe in what they are doing. I am still active after retiring, and I have time and energy to give to the community.  I was particularly interested in the salvage program. This requires us to go into people’s homes and remove their old kitchens for them. This part of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity keeps me in top physical shape. I also like the idea that they do not require a set schedule from me to volunteer. I can choose each week which salvage I would like to go on. The flexibility of the volunteer program enables me to maintain a great balance with my personal life, like spending wonderful time with my two daughters, four grandchildren, and friends.

 JW:  How long have you been volunteering with us and in what capacity?

I am a new addition to the Habitat team, starting last April. I work alongside Craig, as a Crew Lead on home builds and in the salvage program, assisting Jeff with kitchen removals.

MG:  What do you like about volunteering for Habitat?

I like volunteering with Habitat Niagara because of the amazing people I work with. Not only the staff, but also alongside other volunteers. They are an amazing group of dedicated employees and volunteers. They are passionate about what they do and represent, and are enthusiastic, patient and kind.

JW:  What would you like to share with others about volunteering with Habitat?

Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity is an unbelievable experience. It is not what I can do for Habitat; it is what Habitat did for me. It is a great organization to get involved with. The feeling of accomplishment, and giving back is an amazing feeling. The people you meet along the way, volunteers, homeowners and staff will leave you with new friendships. We can all give a hand up.

If you’re interested in making a difference in your community and meeting new people by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Niagara, please complete our online volunteer application by clicking here.




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