Project Playhouse Award
Published Sunday, November 18, 2018
This year's Habitat for Humanity Ohio Volunteer Group of the Year Award goes to a team of leaders who took their unique skill set and impacted dozens of children and families in Northwest Ohio!
On May 31, 2018, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity organized a historic event called Project Playhouse in downtown Toledo at Fifth Third Field for the affiliate’s 30th anniversary. See more of the event here.
The Project Playhouse Team started with only two team members, including visionary and Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Pro Volunteer, Ed Pohlman.
“Three years ago, I was inspired to search for a great way to engage our Habitat affiliate in a team building effort that would bring staff, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, and others together to build upon Habitat’s mission and yet offer something new and exciting. After 15-months or so of research and investigation, the concept of building a blessing in a child’s life though playhouses came to light, said Pohlman.”
Pohlman alongside another Habitat Pro volunteer, Doug Elliot presented the idea in October of 2016. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity leadership made the decision to launch the initiative in 2017, with even bigger plans for 2018.
It started a ripple effect with affiliate volunteers.
What started with two volunteers grew to include many skilled participants who put in the labor to build the playhouse kits, administrative individuals who documented the process, and volunteers with Leadership Toledo to raise awareness of the effort.
"I believe my greatest joy is at least two-fold, building a blessing in the lives of children who may not normally be able to enjoy childhood and all
the dreams and joys that can come with playing in a "little home" of their own because of difficult circumstances in their family situations. Secondly,
witnessing how this program has brought together many groups from a wide range of ages to all walks of life to many organizations (including
our own) that can unite under a common inspirational cause to build a better tomorrow in Northwestern Ohio, explains Pohlman.”
Jill Kegler dedicated her time and talent to build, paint, and prep the kits.
"I was inspired to make a difference in the lives of so many families by building kids playhouses, said Habitat Pro Volunteer, Jill Kegler."
The Project Playhouse team gave an abundance of their time. Over 5,000 volunteer hours have been dedicated towards Project Playhouse this year. The preparation and execution would not be possible without them. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity was awarded the 2018 volunteer group of the year at Habitat for Humanity of Ohio’s state conference. Several of the volunteers were recognized this month for their impact.