Volunteer Spotlights

We could not do what we do without the hard work, dedication, and passion of our volunteers. These are their stories.


September 2020 Volunteer Spotlight

Ted Brolund is one of our long-time volunteers, and he was recently selected as a 2020 recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. He is definitely a deserving recipient—his dedication, generosity, and passion for serving his community have made quite the impact over the years.

Ted started volunteering with RAHFH in 1988, right after he retired. He says that he was originally encouraged by a reverend to get involved at Habitat, and that his faith motivates his service.

“I love working with Habitat, where we have good fellowship with like-minded people who want to serve,” he said.

Over the years, Ted has helped to lead teams of volunteers, build 25 Habitat homes, refurbish six homes, and remodel the Habitat ReStore’s last two locations. One particular memory of Habitat that stands out to him is when he helped build a home for a refugee and her family.

“I love seeing a family working on their home and having the pride of ownership,” Ted said.

Habitat isn’t the only organization that Ted serves and volunteers with. He is an active member of his church, is a Fellow in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and serves on the board for both the SwedishAmerican Operating Committee and The Gideons International.

Ted has been happily married for 64 years to his wife, Murlaine, and they have three children, eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Once again, thank you Ted! We are so appreciative of and thankful for you.


August 2020 Volunteer Spotlight

This month, we’re highlighting Peg for our Volunteer Spotlight. Here’s what some of the Habitat family had to say about this long-time volunteer:

“This month, our ReStore has experienced a high volume of donations, and has been busier than ever. Daily we talk to our staff and volunteers at the ReStore, and one name is continuously mentioned to be thanked: Peg. Multiple staff and volunteers tip their hats to Peg, who oversees our Vintage Department with grace and determination. It is because of volunteers like Peg that we can continue to do what we do. From the entire team at Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, we thank you Peg. You are one of a kind.” – Greta, RAHFH Volunteer Coordinator

“Every non-profit dreams of having a volunteer like Peg.  Dependable.  Passionate.  Loyal.  Hard-Working.  Not afraid to get their hands dirty.  Peg is the definition of each of those traits, and we are so lucky to have her as part of the Habitat family.  She’s made an incredible impact on the ReStore, the affiliate, and the families we are privileged to serve every day.” – Keri Asevedo, RAHFH Executive Director 

“Peg is really good at what she does– taking care of Vintage and much more. She is a hard worker who dedicates loads of her time to the Restore.  Yet even on her busiest days, she will always take time to answer questions and help the other volunteers.” – Maureen Hargrove, ReStore Volunteer

“A few words about Peg: loving, kind, compassionate, dependable, awesome. When I did not have a place to live, she opened up her home and welcomed my wife to stay with her a few days. She loves Habitat.” – Steve Church, ReStore General Manager

Thank you, Peg. We are so thankful for you!

Chuck and Stella

July 2020 Volunteer Spotlight

Chuck and Stella are recipients of Rockford Rotary’s Service Above Self award

Chuck and Stella approach their many volunteer roles with a quiet spirit of “service above self,” for which they were recognized with the award of that name by the Rockford Rotary this spring. The couple brings a distinct compassion and humility to their volunteerism, and it is worth noting that much of what they do as volunteers, they do together.

Chuck and Stella have been bolstering the work and mission of Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity (RAHFH) for the last six years through their philanthropic and volunteer work in a variety of capacities. This service includes helping to raise funds at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where they both volunteer two full days each week. They always bring an unfailing spirit of kindness and fellowship with them.

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity is in good company among organizations that benefit enormously from the generous involvement of the Schroeders. Chuck and Stella have brought the same conviction, leadership, longevity, and spirit of servitude to Rockford Promise’s scholarship program, United Way’s IRead program, and the RPS205 uniform co-op program, which Stella co-founded. They have both now been instrumental leaders of the uniform co-op for years, and they have expanded it from one school to three to make sure that as many RPS205 families as possible have dignified access to low-cost uniforms. Both Chuck and Stella have also been very involved in their church community at Saint Mark Lutheran Church, where they both served for a number of years as President at different times. Stella has served on the Board of Directors at Katie’s Cup since its beginning, and Chuck is a lifelong Kiwanis Club member and leader.

The Schroeders are a guiding light in the Rockford community. They demonstrate daily that through compassionate and ongoing, committed community service, individuals have the power to make change in their communities.