Sawyer honored as top volunteer

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AUBURN — Retired teacher Pat Sawyer of New Gloucester has received the second annual Androscoggin Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year Award.

Sawyer has helped the chapter build 14 houses since 1989, and works at the Androscoggin Habitat Re-Store. She has worked at all the chapter’s fundraisers including a Walk-a-Thon, a food booth at the Great Falls Balloon Festival and annual golf tournaments.

In addition, she has served the greater Lewiston-Auburn community most of her life by volunteering for various organizations, and was a teacher for 37 years, most of them in Lewiston.

She has volunteered for Red Cross blood drives, as a YWCA summer camp counselor and as a food packer at a food pantry. She has been an active member of the New Gloucester Congregational Church for more than 46 years and has served as the church treasurer and historian.

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Androscoggin Habitat for Humanity President Allen Sterling announced the award at the organization’s annual meeting on Jan. 20. He said, “I have had the good fortune to work with Pat Sawyer, installing siding at our current build on Hampshire Street in Auburn. I can attest to the fine carpentry skills, enthusiasm and pleasant personality she possesses. I am truly humbled by her commitment to Habitat.”

Dr. Stan Young, a retired physician, received the first annual Volunteer of the Year Award last year.

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