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Baytown Habitat board president Cliff Clements presents Martha Goolsby with an award for her volunteer service. 

Martha Goolsby was honored for her years of volunteer service at the Baytown Habitat for Humanity Opening Doors Celebration Wednesday at Yepez Vineyard in Beach City.

Introducing Goolsby, Baytown Habitat board president Cliff Clements said Goolsby has been a board member for the organization for 20 years, including serving for eight years as board vice president.

Accepting the award, Goolsby said she wanted to speak about the benefits of volunteering.

“The benefits help counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety,” she said. “Volunteering also combats depression.”

It also makes you happy, increases self-confidence and provides a sense of purpose.

“We are all disciples,” Goolsby said. “Be kind to one another. Make every day count.”

Baytown Habitat for Humanity is the local chapter of the organization best known to many as the post-presidency passion of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

Since its founding in 1990, the local Habitat for Humanity has completed 40 houses. The organization uses primarily 

volunteer labor to build homes for families in need. The families receiving homes work alongside other volunteers to provide “sweat equity,” then enter into a mortgage agreement with Habitat to reimburse the organization for the cost of materials and contracted work.

In another highlight of the Tuesday event, Juan and Carmen Macias burned their mortgage to celebrate paying off their home.

Construction manager Glenn Reilly recognized Friday Crew Member Larry Kovalcik for his work. The Friday Crew Members are regular volunteers who work on Friday mornings and also help out the Saturday volunteers.

Three frequent volunteer groups were also recognized: Lee College Rotaract, The Refuge Church and the Walmart Distribution Center at Cedar Port.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Baytown, either individually or as a group, can sign up online at baytownhabitat.org or call 281-427-0866.

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