Gamradt honored for volunteerism

Courtesy photo: From left to right are: Allison Schmitt, Helpline Center; Jennifer Loomis, mortgage loan officer with First Bank & Trust, BAHFH board member; Richard Gamradt, Volunteer of the Month; Dan McColley, BAHFH executive director.

BROOKINGS – The Helpline Center recently announced that Richard Gamradt has been named the November 2020 Volunteer of the Month, an area-wide award program sponsored by the Helpline Center and First Bank & Trust.

Gamradt volunteers for Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity and is a regular member of the Foundation Crew that works every Wednesday and Thursday from 9  a.m. to 3:30 p.m. He is a dedicated individual who works every week, according to the Helpline Center release. He brings a certain ingenuity to the job site by helping create things to make the work site run more efficiently.

Gamradt has been working with Habitat for Humanity for the past 10 years. When the COVID-19 pandemic slowed many businesses to a halt in March, Habitat stopped hosting volunteers for two months to keep volunteers safe. Since they’ve been able to open back up with new safety precautions, Gamradt has been showing up nearly every workday to help get homes back on track after all the lost hours incurred during the volunteer shutdown.

Staff at Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity said, “Richard shows up to volunteer every week with a positive attitude, open to change and ready to work with a large team or with just our site supervisor, Jason Hett. This pandemic has brought about many changes to how we are able to host volunteers, and Richard has taken every change in stride. It’s truly inspiring to show up to a work site on a Friday morning, in the wind and 90-degree heat, and see Richard there smiling, ready for another day of volunteering to build affordable housing.” 

For information on volunteer opportunities or the Volunteer of the Month program, contact Allison Schmitt at [email protected] or call 211 for more information.

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