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Habitat lauds locals for their service

Ministry — Bonnie Lookabill and Brent Montgomery have each volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service since 2010


The Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity has recognized two of its most dedicated volunteers.

Bonnie Lookabill and Brent Montgomery were recognized as 2013 Volunteers of the Year for their service during a recent volunteer appreciation dessert.

Lookabill has been a volunteer since January 2010 and has logged 1,400 hours. She volunteers almost every weekend at Habitat’s ReStore facility on North Main Street, directing customers to products, training new volunteers and impart her knowledge on reusable items. She also runs the cash register and helped manage the store while the organization sought a new manager. Bonnie Lookabill and Brent Montgomery

Lookabill also serves on the ReStore Committee, advising on the needs of customers, the store and volunteers.

Lookabill’s presence and knowledge contributes to customer satisfaction and has inspired other volunteers to continuing work at Habitat, said Lisa Thomas, the organization’s volunteer coordinator.

Aside from serving with Habitat for Humanity, Lookabill quilts a blanket at Zion Lutheran Church for each child who will reside in a Habitat home. She has also been a volunteer with “Faith in Action” since 2007, volunteered 259 hours to that ministry in 2013. She also is a Strong for Life coach and a coalition liaison at Zion Lutheran Church.

Montgomery can be found volunteering on Thursday at Habitat construction sites and has accumulated nearly 1,200 hours of service since May 2010.

“He has a fun sense of humor and energy to keep things moving at a steady pace as he keeps a keen eye on the quality of work that is being done,” Thomas said.

Montgomery also serves on Habitat for Humanity’s building committee and is present to scrutinize every step of the building process.

Before volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, he spent 28 years teaching junior and high school physical education classes. He then volunteered for nine years at California State Parks before moving to Newberg.

He is a member of the maintenance staff at Newberg Friends Church and volunteers at Champoeg State Park and is an adjunct instructor in health and fitness at George Fox University.

Both Lookabill and Montgomery said they hope their involvement inspires others to volunteer.

For information about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, call Thomas at 503-537-9938.



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