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South King Region Vice President Hugh Kodama pushes a wheelbarrow at a Habitat for Humanity build.
MultiCare employees volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Samantha “Sammy” Kodama had always dreamed of the chance to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. So when the opportunity landed in dad Hugh’s email inbox, the pair jumped at the chance to roll up their sleeves and make a real impact helping build affordable housing for needy families in their community.
Sammy and Hugh, who is vice president of MultiCare Health System’s South King Region, were joined by 12 other MultiCare employees and friends Friday on a Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity build in South Tacoma.
The MultiCare team, lead by Theresa Boyle, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, toiled Friday as part of a “team build” day, augmenting the regular volunteer workforce to help build out a community of 13 new homes.
“This organization makes such an impact,” said Boyle, who also serves on the Habitat board. “It’s not very often that you get to see the way you make a difference, and with this you do.”
The group cut baseboards, painted trim and grouted tile, and all the while kept coming back to one key word: “community.”
“I think that’s what MultiCare stands for. We like getting out into the community; getting involved in the community.” Hugh Kodama said.
Gig Harbor Administrator Mary Grubbs was all smiles as she used a coping saw to trim pieces of baseboard.
“I like to volunteer in the community, I like to give back,” said Gig Harbor Administrator Mary Grubbs. “To me that’s what it’s about – any little act can make a difference to somebody else.”
Visit MultiCare Health System on Flickr for a full gallery of photos from Friday's Habitat for Humanity build.