Nasca honored as Habitat ‘volunteer of the year’

Published 10:50 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Daniel Nasca of Troy was honored as a “Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year.”

Nasca represented Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity at the 9th Annual Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.

Nasca is a junior at Troy University and Habitat campus chapter officer.

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Karen Outlaw, a board member for the Troy-Pike HFH, said Nasca was a unanimous choice for the recognition.

“Daniel is a dedicated volunteer,” Outlaw said. “When you need him, he’s always there. You can depend on him every time. He accepts responsibility and he does what is asked of him and he does it right. We are very fortunate to have Daniel and so appreciative of everything that he does. We congratulate him on this very prestigious recognition.”

Nasca said that he never expected any recognition for his volunteer service but he was very honored to be named a ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for Habitat.

“I got involved with Habitat for Humanity when I moved with my family to Troy from Jacksonville, Florida,” Nasca said. “I met Fred Johnson, who is the executive director of Pike County Habitat for Humanity, at the Wesley Foundation and he inspired me to get involved.

“It’s so cliché but being involved with Habitat is a way to ‘give back.’ I enjoy doing something for other people. And, it’s good to be around people who that enjoy doing for others.”

Nasca has participated in two Blitz Builds in Pike County, in Brundidge and in Troy.

“The Blitz Builds are especially rewarding because we have a lot people coming out to work,” Nasca said. “Fraternities and sororities participate along with other groups from the university. It’s a great atmosphere – everybody coming together to help build a home for a family in need.”

After graduation, Nasca plans to carry his spirit of volunteerism into the workplace.

“I’m not sure exactly what I want to do when I graduate but I plan to go to graduate school and, then, I’d like to be involved in vocational rehabilitation,” he said. “It’s often difficult for people with disabilities to find jobs. I want to be involved with making employers aware that people with disabilities make good employees and can do many jobs as well as those without disabilities.”

The mission of Habitat for Humanity is working in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with God’s people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can live and grow.

For more information about Pike County Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer, call Fred Johnson at 373-7578.