William Cooke has worked with Habitat of St. Augustine/St. Johns in Florida since 1997. Rex Spivey has spent even longer — 21 years — volunteering with Dallas Area Habitat in a variety of roles. This spring, Cooke and Spivey received the Clive Rainey Volunteers of the Year awards, recognizing their sustained accomplishments on Habitat’s behalf.
The honors are part of Habitat for Humanity International “Pioneers in Excellence” awards, which are presented annually to U.S.-based affiliates and volunteers. This year’s Affiliates of the Year include Dallas Area Habitat (population greater than 250,000), Indian River Habitat in Florida (population between 50,000 and 250,000) and Habitat Bay-Waveland Area in Mississippi (population less than 50,000). Two other affiliates won Clarence E. Jordan awards for their creativity and innovation: Iowa Valley Habitat and Habitat of Central South Carolina.
“These affiliates’ creativity and innovation remind us all that there are still new paths to take, new ideas to consider, new methods to explore as we continue toward our goal of decent, affordable shelter for all people,” says Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford.