Wood Habitat gives awards

VIENNA – Wood County Habitat For Humanity gave out awards and listened to a special speaker recently at C.J.’s Italian Kitchen.

Carolyn Garrity received the Ray of Light award for her years of volunteerism. Golden Hammers were given to W.Va. Central Credit Union, Catholic Charities of W.Va., and Mary Welch for their house sponsorships this year.

Mary “Mickey” Welch announced that she will sponsor another Habitat For Humanity house.

About $13,000 was raised from attendees at the event.

Clive Rainey, Army veteran, teacher and humanitarian, spoke at C.J.’s on Monday for donors and board members, at Logan Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday for a volunteer luncheon, and at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church on Wednesday for pastors.

Rainey is credited with being the first Habitat volunteer, starting in 1977. He fostered the concept of “sweat equity” for Habitat For Humanity.

Rainey worked with the organization for many years in several capacities, both in the U.S. and around the world. Originally from Americus, Ga., he is now “retired” in Guatemala where he continues to build houses.

As part of his U.S. speaking tour, Rainey shared inspiring stories about his years with Habitat For Humanity, local officials said.

Rainey met with around 200 Habitat supporters while he was in Parkersburg.