Findlay, OH Nov. 5, 2019 — Habitat for Humanity Findlay-Hancock County is thrilled to announce that generous advocate and Board of Directors President Mike Pepple has been named Habitat for Humanity of Ohio’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
The vice president of commercial lending at First Federal Bank in Findlay has served a leadership role with the local Habitat chapter since 2013. Along with directing efforts pertaining to Habitat’s business office and ReStore relocation to 1200 Commerce Parkway in 2018, he worked up to three days each week to help remodel the building. Pepple is now leading two subcommittees to address the chapter’s strategic planning for the next decade, and regional land acquisition efforts to build more homes.
Pepple’s passion for Habitat service has been infectious enough to inspire others to serve alongside him. He has “reengaged past presidents, and inspired very busy people to get involved by sharing our mission and passion to grow,” even amidst a busier-than-usual era that has included a substantial number of builds, home rehabilitations, and, of course, Habitat’s big move into a home of its own, said Executive Director Wendy McCormick.
McCormick noted that during her own illness that necessitated an extended absence, Pepple stepped up. “Mike is very humble and is always asking how he can help. He has been the glue that kept me, the staff, and our board together,” she said. “He never missed a beat, keeps crazy detailed notes and records, and presents himself as always part of the solution. His enthusiasm to see us through the building renovation, opening, and move, and staying so positive is a light in our Habitat world. We are blessed that God brought him and his talents and expertise right at right time when we needed him.”