Rebuild Upstate honors 2023 volunteers, donors and partners

April 29, 2024

Local nonprofit Rebuild Upstate recently recognized its volunteers, donors, and partners at the Because of You BBQ, held during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

“Volunteers are essential to our mission, leveraging more than $600,000 in value for our organization last year,” shared Jake Beaty, Rebuild Upstate CEO. “It’s our pleasure as staff to serve volunteers at the Because of You BBQ and celebrate the people who choose to serve with our home repair program.”

The following awards and honorees were presented:

Bob Hannah – Golden Hammer Award (Volunteer of the Year)
Tom Fruhwirth – Golden Wrench Award (Handyman Club Member of the Year)
Home Base Hero – Forest Britt
Founder’s Award – Megan Finnern
LMG Architects – Foundational Supporter Hall of Fame
St. Andrew’s Episcopal – Home Repair Champion
BNI Masters of Success – Ambassador of the Year

Additional individuals were honored as Home Repair Warriors, an award honoring those who volunteer 50 or more volunteers annually, with Steve Hamel and Jesse Trout each surpassing 300 hours.

A full list of individual honorees is available here. Community organizations honored are featured here.


About Rebuild Upstate

Rebuild Upstate is a nonprofit organization that exists to repair the homes of our low-income neighbors, preserving affordable housing in our communities by making houses safer, healthier, and more livable.
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