Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.
By Andrea Lee
Although she regularly volunteers with many Twin Cities organizations, Sue Lucas would not identify herself as exceptional. Her Zurich coworkers, however, disagree. They nominated Sue for a Zurich Community Investment Volunteer Award because she did an exceptional job motivating and organizing them to participate in several meaningful community service activities.
Through Sue’s leadership, her Edina office of 50 staff were able to recycle over 200 pairs of shoes, organize a Second Harvest Heartland food drive, volunteer for the Three Rivers Park District, and participate in an Urban Homeworks work day. In April, Sue won Zurich’s prestigious $6000 Community Investment Volunteer Award and was named “Volunteer of the Year” from among nearly 11,000 Zurich North American employees. And, Sue donated $2500 of her grant to Urban Homeworks.
“I was so pleased with my experience at Urban Homeworks, because they have activities for all levels. While not all of us can use a jackhammer or frame a wall, there is always something you can do to help. Urban Homeworks is a little harder than the average volunteer experience, but it’s valuable to do the hard stuff that many people may not want to do…be a part of their neighborhoods, get dirty, get a little uncomfortable. It’s important to challenge yourself. It makes you so much more appreciative of what you have.”
Sue is one of many volunteers that regularly surprise and inspire us by their commitment to plugging in and becoming a part of the mix in ways that benefit everyone involved. Thank YOU for thinking of us, Sue! We couldn’t do this without you.
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