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Habitat a natural fit for volunteer of the year

By Sonny Long
Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2012 at 6:04 a.m.

Bill Spellacy, recipient of the Habitat for Humanity volunteer of the year award, was onsite working on a Habitat build Saturday morning.

IF YOU GO

• WHO: Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity

• WHAT: Christmas Village Open House and awards ceremony

• WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

• WHERE: 3602 Swan Drive

• CONTACT: 361-573-2511

For Bill Spellacy, volunteering for the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a positive for all involved.

"It's good to be retired and physically able to do the work and have it be something you enjoy," said Spellacy, 68. "It's a win-win all around."

Spellacy, who spent 34 years with Union Carbide, will be honored Tuesday with the Charlie Jones Volunteer of the Year Award at the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity Christmas Village Open House.

LeAnne Welder, Habitat's volunteer services coordinator, said Spellacy's award is not a recognition for only one year of service.

"It's more than just this year. Bill has been with us for a long time. Year after year, Bill is faithful," Welder said. "And he doesn't just come on designated volunteer days, he comes many days during the week."

Spellacy, who moved to the Crossroads at 19 while in the Navy, also spends time working cattle on the Ezzell ranch he shares with Theresa Spellacy, his wife of 33 years.

In addition, he is a director of the Holy Family Church Knights of Columbus, 9088 Council and president of the Victoria Model A Ford Club.

Spellacy estimates he has worked on at least 35 Habitat builds since he began volunteering in 2001.

He also believes in the Habitat for Humanity mission.

"It's about helping people move up," he said. "That's a good thing for everyone."

The Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity is working on its 78th build in Victoria and has recently expanded its services into Goliad, Jackson and Lavaca counties.

The agency was chartered in Victoria in 1994 and dedicated its first house in 1996.

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity was perfect for Spellacy.

"I've always been a carpenter, craftsman and a handyman. People like to do what they are good at. That's what attracted me to it," said Spellacy. "I knew I could do the work and I would enjoy this kind of work. It's a good, natural fit."

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