Each year since 2006, the Harvey Stalwick Award for Volunteerism is given to an outstanding Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity volunteer in honor of former LAHFH Board President Harvey Stalwick. Harvey Stalwick was an integral part of LAHFH’s growth- giving many hours of his time to help many people in this community. Under Harvey’s leadership, LAHFH completed 8 homes between 2001 and 2006, which provided 14 adults and 29 children a simple, decent place to call home. Harvey was the driving force of the implementation of the Habitat ReStore, which celebrated its 6th year of operation this past July.
The 2012 Harvey Stalwick Award for Volunteerism recipient is Stan Franek. Stan’s involvement with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity began in 2004 when Stan was asked by Harvey Stalwick to join the LAHFH Board of Directors. In 2005, Stan was placed on staff with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as the area director for the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, where he not only assisted Lake Agassiz Habitat, but many area Habitat affiliates to organize, build and complete their Thrivent Builds homes. Stan retired from this position with Thrivent in 2009, but continues as a volunteer with Lake Agassiz Habitat & the Thrivent Builds program.
Stan has also been involved with Lake Agassiz Habitat by serving on the Church Relations committee, being a build site volunteer, and a Church Champion recruiter. Stan continuously cultivates relationships with area church congregations and leaders. He promotes and organizes church volunteer days, lunches, snacks and monetary donations. His countless phone calls, emails and personal visits have engaged over 1,500 volunteers to pick up a hammer at a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build site. Stan admits that he is known by our Construction Crew leaders to show up at the build site 5 minutes before lunch is served.
Stan is active in other area organizations such as Central Cities Ministries, the FM Area Coalition for Homeless Persons and serves on the Thrivent Board of Directors. He is also very involved with his local church, St. Mark’s Lutheran, through their outreaches and committees. In his free time, Stan enjoys golfing and pheasant hunting and being a pilot. Stan and his wife, Naomi, have two grown children, Robert and Anne.
We thank Stan for his years of volunteering and dedication to Habitat for Humanity’s mission.
Follow the link to watch Stan Franek accept the 2012 Harvey Stalwick Award for Volunteerism.