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Congratulations The Electric Crew, Volunteer of the Year!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is proud to congratulate The Electric Crew, along with the crew leaders Ed Koenig & John Wright, as the recipients of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity builds more than homes; we build communities, we build hope, and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves. This mission is fulfilled each time the Electric Crew comes together. As a volunteer-led and volunteer-driven group, the Electric Crew was formed out of a deep desire to do great work, take on tasks that others may not take on, and bring together a group of hard working individuals. John Wright, a key member of this crew, said “the success of this group is due to Habitat for Humanity’s ultimate goal of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness”.

This purpose fuels the crew’s desire to give back. With 14 homes completed by the Electric Crew in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, their combined effort totaled 1,680 volunteer hours. If HFHGC would need to contract skilled electricians to complete this work, each home would average an expense of $7,500. In other words, the Electric Crew saved HFHGC $105,000 in construction costs during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. These savings allow HFHGC to dedicate funds to the expanded efforts of building additional homes for local families.

We estimate that the Electric Crew has completed 83 homes over the past ten years, with an average of 120 hours of skilled labor to each home, and a grand total savings of $622,500.

When asked why members of the Electric Crew work on so many houses year after year, the crew leader, Ed Koenig, said: “these incredible people keep coming back because they know that when they come to a Habitat site, they can work hard, non-stop, and that is so rewarding. When people work around this group, they step up their game. Work is organized. Allows for a full day of work without stopping. It is important that we have work ahead of us to keep up the momentum. When you give your time, you want to make it count. That’s it. Plain and simple.

“All my life – I have been inspired by what my mother instilled in me from little on up. She said that if you have a talent, you owe it to share it. I have this ability. I’d be wrong not to use it. I have an 84 year old house and my children and grandchildren have homes. I want to help make these houses become homes for them. That’s my hobby…” because everyone needs a place to call home.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Ed Koenig, Jeff Slutz, Bob Miller, Eddie Winter, George Lortz, Jim Ollier, John Slattery, Ken Peterson, Preston Black, Rogers Oneill, Tom Wittekind, Tom Fisher, Brian McHugh, and John Wright. Thank you for helping us on our mission to break the cycle of poverty for so many good, deserving families in our community. Your support allows us to continue our work to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and thrive.