Author Archives: Britt MacDonald

About Britt MacDonald

Bookkeeper, Office Manager, Mortgage Manager, QLO, Web & Tech Admin, Family Services Corrdinator, Licensed Tax Professional, Notary, Student, mom of four amazing kids, and Super Woman. I love to keep busy. When I’m not wielding my epic bookkeeping powers battling the dark forces of financial conundrums, I’m reading a novel series or watching my favorite Science Fiction flicks, going on wondrous adventures with my kids, fiance and our dogs, or just taking time to smell the coffee.

Meet our September volunteer of the month, Kurt Holmgreen

Kurt Holmgreen started volunteering with MacHabitat in 2015; he was an out of the blue blessing He showed up in the office one day asking to volunteer and, after only one year with us, he is an integral part of our “regular crew”. When asked why he chose to volunteer with MacHabitat he said, “I have always believed in giving back to the community.” Kurt has lived a life in example of that, retiring after serving 34 years with his local fire department.

Kurt got involved with Habitat through his brother-in-law who is a regular Habitat volunteer in Sisters, Or.  When asked how volunteering at MacHabitat has impacted him, Kurt replied, “-It has broadened my perspective of different people coming together. I love to see different people sharing their skills and their backgrounds with one another.”

Kurt councels prospective volunteers interested in construction to, “Look at the end result of who the home is for. Don’t be concerned about not having the right skills because we all learn new skills every day we are out there. “

Besides volunteering with us, Kurt loves to camp and spend time with his family. He is also often found playing volleyball, basketball, and working with clay sculpture and watercolors. An art minor in college, Kurt is a visual person, something that can be seen at the construction site as he often makes small drawings before starting a project! When asked what super power he would choose if he could, Kurt thoughtfully said,” I would wish I could bring cohesion to groups. We are all too divided to really get to know one another. I would like to be able to have people get along and all learn to enjoy each other’s company.”

Thank you for your service, Kurt. We love having you as a volunteer!


25 Years of Mac Habitat!

Starla Pointer of the News Register recently interviewed Bernie Turner who is one of our founders, Joanna Engle Interim Executive Director, Shannon Carefoot our Board President, Jaye Cromwell our Community Outreach Coordinator, and Irene Fox our most recent homeowner. Click here to read the article published in the June 28, 2016 issue of the News Register.

Welcome Mary Stern!

We are so excited to announce that Mary Stern has joined our staff as the new Executive Director. Many of you remember Mary as our Yamhill County Commissioner from 2003 through 2014. After a two year stint in Salem, Mary is thrilled to be back contributing to her community. Read her introduction here.

Tom Henderson of the News Register assisted in sharing our wonderful news. Click here to read the article published in the June 21, 2016 issue of the News Register.