Emily Hayes named 2012 volunteer of the year

January 24, 2013 by  

Emily Hayes of Parma was recently awarded the 2012 special achievement award for Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers in Greater Cleveland.

Hayes had no hint that she had won the award when her supervisors and coworkers at the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity persuaded her to attend the annual awards banquet for Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Hayes, who is developmentally disabled, had always attended the banquet in the past. She said it did not register at first when they announced her name as the winner of the award, but then she realized her coworkers had known all along. She admitted that the award brought her to tears.

Hayes, 56, volunteers as a housekeeper at the Habitat for Humanity office located in Cleveland on 110th Street five days a week for four hours a day. In addition to other tasks, she makes coffee, dusts the blinds, scrubs the bathrooms, and waters the flowers. She also cleans the lunchroom, which is no easy task according to some of the volunteers at Habitat, since anywhere from 25 to 30 volunteers could swarm the lunchroom on any given day, tracking dirt and mud throughout the office as they head back to the Habitat for Humanity warehouse.

The 2012 Habitat for Humanity annual volunteer banquet was held at the St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church located in Cleveland. Over 200 people were in attendance at the year-end event and were served a dinner of chicken, salad, pasta, vegetables, and desserts. The award was announced after dinner.

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