Bob Matthes: Changing Lives with Habitat

img_0572A retired engineer, Bob Matthes has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County since 2009. Prior to that, he volunteered with Habitat affiliates in Missouri and Iowa, primarily on the construction site. He enjoys working in the store¬†here, though, because there’s plenty to do year-round, rain or shine. He loves the fact that the store is able to use those perfectly good materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill. He also appreciates the employment opportunities the store provides.

Something Tangible

Bob dedicates¬†a good amount of his time to us – the equivalent of a part-time job – and has done so for many years. When we asked him, “Why Habitat?” he had this to say:

bob-matthes“I’ve always thought of Habitat as a worthy cause and something we volunteers can be very proud of. There’s something tangible we’re producing. There’s something to celebrate several times a year.”

Safe, decent, affordable housing is indeed tangible … and definitely something to celebrate!

Changing Lives

Bob would like those considering volunteering with Habitat to know that there are plenty of opportunities beyond the build site and that, “This is really a chance to change people’s lives.” Thank you, Bob, for changing lives with us.