50 Faces of Volunteers – Larry Baak

larry_baakNominated by Bek Wright, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Tell us a little about the volunteer: Larry has been volunteering for Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for 11 years. Before retiring and coming to volunteer for us, Larry worked for Wells Fargo as a network engineer. He volunteers with a group of men from Lutheran organizations and churches that come out regularly to work on projects to help finish up the new construction house builds. Larry and his wife sometimes come out and do a cookout for volunteers. He also has 3 daughters and 7 grand-kids.

What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? 11 years

Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?

The work that Larry has done is always noticed. In fact, he has received the Golden Hammer Award before. He really believes in the mission here at Habitat and values the people he gets to work with. Larry always tries to set an example of volunteerism with a positive attitude. Some of his favorite parts in volunteering is seeing the impact affordable housing has in the community and knowing that he was a part of that.

Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa selects one nomination to feature every other Wednesday. 

Nominating is easy! You’ll submit a short paragraph or two about the volunteer(s) and their experience. The who/what/where/when (or for how long) and, most importantly, the why of their volunteer cause. We have provided some questions to prompt responses. It’s also strong requested that you submit a photo with your nomination. This is a great opportunity to help showcase a dedicated volunteer or volunteer group in your community! 

Ready to submit a spotlight? Access the online form here

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