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Left to right: Elaine Mathews, Habitat executive director, Kathy Stephan, and Theresa Kemp, Habitat chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Lake Oconee Breeze

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.  Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard — measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Kathy Stephan is the recipient of The Presidents Call to Service Award representing 4,000 hours of volunteer service (over a lifetime), a personalized Certificate, and a congratulatory Letter from Pres. Barack Obama.

Stephan has more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service. Greene County Habitat for Humanity was honored to be the presenting organization of this national award. She was born and educated in Indiana and moved to Georgia in 1973 when she began volunteering with the Girl Scouts and accumulated many volunteer hours while serving in numerous capacities with this organization. In 1996 she helped with the Olympics and Paralympics in Atlanta. In 2005 she helped with the efforts of the Girl Scouts and Lake Oconee Community Church, at the FEMA distribution Center in Eatonton and established a donation location at the lake.  These efforts were in support of the 1000-hurricane Katrina refugees housed at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp. Presently, she is very active in the Lake Oconee Community Church Holiday House and serves on the Board of Directors for the Circle of Love Shelter; council facilitator for Girl Scouts of Historic GA council and Girl Scout Leader Weekend Planning committee member in the Greater Atlanta Area Council. She helped develop the Girl Scout Exhibit at the Lake Welcome Center in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting. She and her husband Pete are board members of Make Mine Bluegreen, an environmental cleanup organization that their daughter started in 2006 in Florida. She began working with the Greene and Putnam Habitat affiliates in 2003.  She currently is the lunch coordinator for Greene County Habitat construction.

Elaine Mathews, Greene County Habitat’s Executive Director, stated that “it is an honor to present this award to Kathy Stephan at the Habitat volunteer awards dinner.”

Greene County Habitat is a nonprofit Christian organization working to eliminate substandard housing in Greene County by building simple and decent houses for families in need.  For more information call Elaine Mathews at (706)453-1718 or volunteer@gchabitat.com.  

Greene Habitat is a certifying organization that is approved to review and verify a volunteer’s hours, and nominate and distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

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