“Give them a hand up, not a hand out” is the motto of the home building organization, Habitat for Humanity, which builds disadvantaged families new homes. These are also the words of wisdom Tony Kaufmann uses to remind Habitat volunteers of their purpose.
The Boone County division of Habitat for Humanity named Kaufmann the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for his extensive efforts.
“The Habitat for Humanity volunteer is the heart and soul,” said Steve Furste, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Boone County. “If there were no volunteers, there would be no Habitat. Men and women want to build a home for those in need. Tony exemplifies that.
“Tony exemplifies what it (Habitat) is all about - having a servant’s heart. He helps in any way he can, whether that is pounding nails, going to get water on a hot day, or organizing for us. He likes to get involved.”
“Involved” is a modest word for Kaufmann’s efforts. He quickly became the link between his church, St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church (St. Al’s), the Knights of Columbus and Habitat for Humanity. He regularly coordinates volunteers from St. Al’s. In addition, he has spearheaded a collection taken at one Mass every year that goes to Habitat. St. Al’s volunteers have donated hundreds of volunteer hours over the past six years.
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