Volunteer Spotlight on Paul Tanzer

Long-time NWV Habitat volunteer Paul Tanzer

CANBY (September 3, 2010) – Paul Tanzer has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for 15 years. His knowledge, experience and leadership make him an invaluable asset to the organization.

A former teacher, public educator, librarian and contractor, Paul got involved with Habitat shortly after retiring in 1995. After some brief stints with the affiliates in Portland and Salem, Paul and his wife Marilyn participated in Habitat’s Care-A-Vanners program and traveled all over the region working on various Habitat home builds.

Paul brings with him to NWV Habitat not only construction knowledge, but experience from other Habitat affiliates around the country. He has worked on Habitat homes in Corvallis, Sisters, Lacey, Olympia, Handsville, Arizona and Belgrade – Montana, not Serbia. Despite having more than enough on his schedule to keep him busy, Paul has supervised several NWV Habitat builds – three in Canby alone. His experience with the earliest phases of home building – foundations and framing – has made him an asset on several builds, even those he was not overseeing. “I became the foundation guru,” Paul says.

Although Construction Manager Tom Mason is supervising the current builds in Canby, Paul has been out there every build day to assist with the critical early phases of construction.

So what keeps bringing Paul back to Habitat despite his already busy schedule? “The people,” Paul says. “I like these people that I meet. I look forward to meeting all these guys. I don’t know how common it is, but at NWV Habitat, there’s a group of guys who are really loyal and can get together, have lunch, sit around and talk. We’re very compatible. I like the building aspect and get a lot of satisfaction from it, but it’s the meeting of the people and getting to talk to them and renewing friendships that brings me back.”

“I like to build stuff. Some people like to push paper, some people like to pry open your mouth and be a dentist, but I like to build – and contribute to the welfare of people in need while I’m at it.”

For more information on how to get involved with NWV Habitat, please visit our website at www.nwvhabitat.org.

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