TimkenSteel | Straughter Family Build

TimkenSteel | Straughter Family Build

About This Campaign

Welcome, TimkenSteel! Thank you for volunteering for this build. Your efforts will help this family with their dream of owning a safe, decent, and affordable home. We look forward to having you out on the work site and we promise your volunteer experience will be fun! Get to know the family by reading their bio below.

Family and Current Housing
After years of living in public housing, private rentals, or with friends and family, Shonna Straughter is ready to invest in a home that she owns to provide stability for her family for years to come. At the time of application, Shonna and her two daughters, Karreona and Adriona, were living in a private rental in Canton. The home was difficult to heat, had faulty plumbing, and was plagued with black mold. Of particular concern to Shonna was the high drug and crime rate in the neighborhood. In fact, her home has been broken into several times. In addition to the windows being boarded up to prevent further break-ins, the landlord greatly increased Shonna’s rent to cover repair costs for the damage done when the home was robbed. Eventually, the high rent and unsatisfactory living conditions led Shonna to apply for the Habitat homeownership program and pursue her dream of owning her own home. Shonna is an excellent role model for her daughters and is especially excited to set an example of hard work by providing them with a permanent place to live. Sixteen-year-old Karreona stays busy as a junior in high school and an employee at McDonalds. Adriona is an active nine-year-old who participates in softball, basketball, track, and gymnastics.

A Perfect Fit
Since being accepted into the program, Shonna has been an ideal Partner Family. She has already completed numerous hours of sweat equity working on the future homes of other families in the program. She has also prepared for the additional responsibility of owning her own home by participating in Habitat’s House2Home education series. Shonna’s friendly, open personality was especially valued during the Financial Success classes where she actively contributed to the weekly discussions about personal finance, budgeting, and saving for the future. In addition to raising her children and completing the Habitat sweat equity requirements each week, Shonna works hard to provide for her family. She has been employed as a State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA) at Akron City Hospital for five years. All of Shonna’s hard work will soon pay off and her dream of homeownership will become reality when work begins on her future home in Canton this year. “I’m so excited about owning my own home,” Shonna said. “It’s a dream come true and will make a big difference in my life as well as my kids’ lives.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 2400 25th Street NE
  • Canton, Ohio
  • 44705, USA
  • Time:
  • Jul 09, 2016 08:30 am to
  • Oct 14, 2016 02:30 pm
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
Loraine Gutscher
Loraine Gutscher
N/A
Ashley Lane
Ashley Lane
7
Beaux Lenarz
Beaux Lenarz
6
Dean Bednarz
Dean Bednarz
6
Evan Wright
Evan Wright
6
Aaron Dillon
Aaron Dillon
6
Stephanie Murphy
Stephanie Murphy
6
Paul Ward
Paul Ward
6
Charles Parrish
Charles Parrish
6
Andrew Bache
Andrew Bache
6
Andrew Black
Andrew Black
6
Dawn Lance
Dawn Lance
6
Joel Sweitzer
Joel Sweitzer
6
Joel Sweitzer
Joel Sweitzer
6
Dean Kakos
Dean Kakos
12
andrew betts
andrew betts
6
Darryl Rees
Darryl Rees
3.5
Sarah Tizzano
Sarah Tizzano
6
Deb Zimmerman
Deb Zimmerman
1
Joanne Beineke
Joanne Beineke
6
Dennis Haas
Dennis Haas
6
Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams
6
Mark Mazzaferri
Mark Mazzaferri
6
Brian Knecht
Brian Knecht
6
Tom Peterson
Tom Peterson
6
LYNN FINLEY
LYNN FINLEY
6
Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker
6
Joe Milicia
Joe Milicia
6
SHERRI ENGEL
SHERRI ENGEL
6
Jason Neel
Jason Neel
6
Leisa Babo
Leisa Babo
6
Rick Davis
Rick Davis
6
Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker
1
Tracey Shaeffer
Tracey Shaeffer
6
Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker
1
Tracey Shaeffer
Tracey Shaeffer
6
Liz Hoffman
Liz Hoffman
6
Pam Miller
Pam Miller
6
Sean Zaleski
Sean Zaleski
6
Leah LePar
Leah LePar
6
Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt
9.5
Carla Giacobone
Carla Giacobone
6
Dawn Gardner
Dawn Gardner
6
Bill Kerr
Bill Kerr
6
Mike Janaske
Mike Janaske
6
David Sanchez
David Sanchez
6
Allison Janaske
Allison Janaske
4
Cameron Kennedy
Cameron Kennedy
6
Cory Burdett
Cory Burdett
6
Jason Nightingale
Jason Nightingale
6
Melissa Kerney
Melissa Kerney
6
Benjamin Sikora
Benjamin Sikora
6
michael stallman
michael stallman
6
Rachael Risher
Rachael Risher
6
Jane Killian
Jane Killian
6
BEN ELLINGTON
BEN ELLINGTON
6
ALBERT GAROFALO
ALBERT GAROFALO
6
BEN ELLINGTON
BEN ELLINGTON
6
Tom Moline
Tom Moline
6
DONALD SCHNEGG
DONALD SCHNEGG
6
AARON ENSLEY
AARON ENSLEY
6
Shawn Seanor
Shawn Seanor
6
edward springer
edward springer
6
Matt Widders
Matt Widders
6
Greg Close
Greg Close
6
Lisa Raynow
Lisa Raynow
6
Casey Smith
Casey Smith
6
Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams
1
Elizabeth Krill
Elizabeth Krill
3.5
Stephanie Helline
Stephanie Helline
6
Marc Doran
Marc Doran
3.5
Lynn Hill
Lynn Hill
6
Loraine Gutscher
Loraine Gutscher
N/A
Loraine Gutscher
Loraine Gutscher
N/A
Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt
3.5
Kayla Rankin
Kayla Rankin
3.5
Jamie Fitzgerald
Jamie Fitzgerald
3.5
Jarrod Dawson
Jarrod Dawson
3.5
Rob Wengerter
Rob Wengerter
1
Robert Feielin
Robert Feielin
6
Alexa Fox
Alexa Fox
6
Martha Wittler
Martha Wittler
6
Michael Reed
Michael Reed
6
Joe Traina
Joe Traina
6
MITCHELL WOOD
MITCHELL WOOD
6
Michelle Denny
Michelle Denny
6
Karen Princehorn
Karen Princehorn
6
Elaine Russell Reolfi
Elaine Russell Reolfi
6
Lisa Sweetnich
Lisa Sweetnich
6
Ken Koczwara
Ken Koczwara
3.5
Ray Fryan
Ray Fryan
6
Loraine Gutscher
Loraine Gutscher
6
Megan Zuniga
Megan Zuniga
3.5
Alyssa Dawson
Alyssa Dawson
3.5
John Esmont
John Esmont
3.5
Steve Tweel
Steve Tweel
3.5
Beth Yoak
Beth Yoak
3
Sushmit Patel
Sushmit Patel
6
Jim Sanders
Jim Sanders
6
Matthew McPeek
Matthew McPeek
6
James Hardin
James Hardin
6
Anthony Giannini
Anthony Giannini
6
Frank Embrogno
Frank Embrogno
6
Emmanuel Djabeng
Emmanuel Djabeng
6
Daniel Bagnola
Daniel Bagnola
6
Scott Metsch
Scott Metsch
N/A
Amanda Sterling
Amanda Sterling
6
John Holzapfel
John Holzapfel
6
Lance Morris
Lance Morris
6
Frank DiPiero
Frank DiPiero
6
Tiffini Bloniarz
Tiffini Bloniarz
6
Ashley Pfeiffer
Ashley Pfeiffer
6
Debbie Dean
Debbie Dean
6
Ashley Monroe
Ashley Monroe
6
Bev Kahrig
Bev Kahrig
6
Shelby Schaffner
Shelby Schaffner
6
Amanda Ott
Amanda Ott
6
Raymond Fryan
Raymond Fryan
6
Sandy Rossetti
Sandy Rossetti
6
Elizabeth Krill
Elizabeth Krill
6
Kendra Hillmer
Kendra Hillmer
6
Rick Hawkins
Rick Hawkins
6
Duane Stahl
Duane Stahl
6
Tim Timken
Tim Timken
6
Michelle Yatsuk
Michelle Yatsuk
6
Ron Balyint
Ron Balyint
6
Nancy Spatholt
Nancy Spatholt
6
Karestyn Robinson
Karestyn Robinson
6
Stephanie Cochran
Stephanie Cochran
6
Heather Spears
Heather Spears
6
James Terwilliger
James Terwilliger
6
Charles Guthrie
Charles Guthrie
6
Cathy Haught
Cathy Haught
1
Don Walker
Don Walker
6
Gwen Thompson
Gwen Thompson
6
Avalon Schuler
Avalon Schuler
6
Mihaela Ciupitu
Mihaela Ciupitu
6
Amy Slutz
Amy Slutz
6
Natalie Bissell
Natalie Bissell
6
Steve Tweel
Steve Tweel
6
George Turba
George Turba
12
David Tyler
David Tyler
6
Lori Dossi
Lori Dossi
6
Stephen Piccari
Stephen Piccari
6
Bradley Alexander
Bradley Alexander
6
John Esmont
John Esmont
12
Joe Garofalo
Joe Garofalo
6
ken laird
ken laird
6
scot bowman
scot bowman
6
chris miesiak
chris miesiak
6
marta minder
marta minder
6
phil kekel
phil kekel
6
ronald wilson
ronald wilson
6
tim williams
tim williams
6
Nick DiRocco
Nick DiRocco
6
Rex Neff
Rex Neff
6
Matt Griffith
Matt Griffith
6
R. LYN Petrie
R. LYN Petrie
6
Brian Ferri
Brian Ferri
6
Kien Tran
Kien Tran
6
Kyle Walters
Kyle Walters
6
Mark Prophet
Mark Prophet
6
Jon Repp
Jon Repp
6
Darien DiPiero
Darien DiPiero
6
Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker
1
Jennifer Krakora
Jennifer Krakora
6
Tina Beskid
Tina Beskid
6
Lynn Hill
Lynn Hill
6
bart buckler
bart buckler
6
Beth Yoak
Beth Yoak
2
Kevin Burwell
Kevin Burwell
6
Perry Petrullo
Perry Petrullo
6
Susanne Clapper
Susanne Clapper
1
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
6
Michelle Yatsuk
Michelle Yatsuk
6
Jane Killian
Jane Killian
6
Frank DiPiero
Frank DiPiero
6
Beth Yoak
Beth Yoak
6
Cory Burdett
Cory Burdett
N/A
Loraine Gutscher
Loraine Gutscher
6
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About Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Welcome!
Thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, believing in our mission, and supporting one important vision - to end poverty housing in your community. Here are some really important next steps and things to know about your upcoming volunteer day.

What is a typical work day like?
8:30 a.m. | The work day begins. Please arrive a few minutes early so you can sign in and learn the day’s tasks and safety procedures.

10:00 a.m. | Short break and devotional. (A snack will be provided.)

12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE: TimkenSteel will provide lunch. 

2:30 p.m. | The work day ends.

What should volunteers wear?
You should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task. You could get hot, cold, sweaty, dirty, and dusty, and your clothes may get torn or stained. Your feet need to be protected, so closed toed shoes are required – no sandals! If your task is roofing, you must wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. No matter what, shirts must be worn at all times.

What should volunteers bring?
Water or Coffee | There will be water provided on the site, but bringing your own water is always a good idea. It is very important to stay hydrated on hot summer days. Please feel free to bring additional beverages, such as coffee, with you to the work site.

Hat and Sunscreen | If you will be working outside you’ll need to protect your neck and face from sunburn. Bring a hat and/or sunscreen.

Bandana | A bandana is great for wiping sweat from your face or soaking it in water to help cool you down. 

Gloves, Tool Belt, and Nail Apron | Habitat has a limited number of these items available, so if you have your own, please bring them.

Personal Tools | Habitat provides tools for the task of the day. However, feel free to bring your own tools, such as a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, utility knife, or speed square. Make sure to label all your tools!

A Positive Attitude | Plan on having fun while putting in a hard day’s work. Remember the purpose for which you are volunteering – to build a quality home for a hard working family in need.

Worksite Courtesy and Safety 
Safety Is Our First Priority | We’re not in a hurry. We’ll take the appropriate time we need to build the house as carefully as if it were our own - with the best craftsmanship possible and in compliance with all applicable codes.

No Smoking | There is NO SMOKING on any Habitat volunteer site. If you must take a smoking break, please step away from the site.

Pay Attention | The best way to ensure safety for all workers is to be aware of your surroundings, at all times. You need to look out for your fellow volunteers like they are looking out for you. If you see a potentially dangerous situation, let the Site Supervisor or someone know immediately. It’s also important to pay attention to the safety talk given at the beginning of your work day.

Protect Yourself | It is for your safety to wear any safety equipment provided to you by Habitat. This will depend on the scope of work for the day. In most cases you will need to wear eye protection and gloves. If you are framing a new home, you will be required to wear a hard hat. If dust bothers you, please wear a dust mask. Masks, gloves, eye protection, pants, and long-sleeved shirts are necessary when insulating. If working outside, remember to protect yourself from the sun.

Follow the Site Supervisor | On each job site, the Site Supervisor is the boss. There may be other ways to perform a specific task, but we do things the Habitat way. Once the Site Supervisor makes a decision, please follow his/her directions.

Respect | Please show respect to the building and environment with which you are working. Please take care of the tools and return them to the proper place when finished. We do our best to conserve building materials. We ask that you do the same. Respect your fellow volunteers. Work together, especially when cleaning up for the day, picking up trash and securing materials and tools.

Learn | Most people that volunteer with Habitat are learning on the job. It is a great experience when you learn something new and are able to teach someone else. Learn as much as you can during your volunteer experience. You’d be amazed at the new things you’ll learn!

Thank you!
Thank you for offering this family the safety, stability and self-reliance that comes with owning a decent, affordable home! “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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