From Special Reports

Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity will recognize 10 individuals and one group who have attained the highest award for volunteerism – The President’s Volunteer Service Award – on Tuesday, April 17.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is bestowed upon U.S. Citizens who have achieved extraordinary benchmarks for volunteer service. The annual distinction recognizes volunteers who have performed at least 100 hours of service in a single year while the lifetime achievement award honors individuals who have devoted over 4,000 lifetime service hours to a single organization.

“We are truly honored to be recognizing each of our award recipients. These individuals donate a tremendous amount of their time, energy and talents to Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity and allow us to help more individuals and families in need through their efforts. We truly wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much as we have without their ongoing efforts and support,” said Cristina Bowerman, executive director.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to married Newnan residents, Larry and Rita Wilson, who have volunteered 5,995 and 4,811 hours, respectively. Each will receive a medallion and certificate commemorating their outstanding achievements.

Silver award winners include a men’s group from the Rutledge Center who have volunteered over 500 hours and Mary Van Geuder, a Newnan resident who has volunteered over 300 hours.

Bronze awards will be presented to Newnan residents: Patti Grant (148 hours), Butch Jones (117 hours), David Mitchell (155 hours), Leon Roberts (190 hours), Dennis Yokers (170 hours) and Senoia residents John Anderson (176 hours) and Kirby Belwood (123 hours).

Award recipients volunteer their time in Newnan-Coweta Habitat’s ReStore which sells gently used and donated goods to the public to support the organization’s mission of providing decent and affordable housing to individuals and families in need.

Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. In operation since 1993, NCHFH constructs new homes, and renovates and repairs existing homes for individuals and families in need of decent and affordable housing.


Photo (left to right) Eric Miller, Rita Wilson, Larry Wilson and Rick Wingate