On "Giving Tuesday", Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County announced the honorees for 2024.
Our own Raini Steffen was named
"Volunteer of the Year"!
We are delighted to announce our honorees and Presenting Sponsor for our annual Hearts and Hammers Dinner and Auction on Friday, April 5, 2024.
First, a heartfelt thank you to Adept Fasteners for renewing their Presenting Sponsorship for another year! It is also our sincere pleasure to recognize Adept Fasteners as our Corporate Partner of the Year. For years, Adept Fasteners has been making a difference for hard-working, low-income families as well as military families in Ventura County through their generous support of Team Builds, Playhouse Builds and special events with Habitat Ventura.
Next, we are thrilled to announce our Supporter of the Year, Laurie Bennett, who for many years has been offering a "hand up" to local families in need through her personal support of Habitat Ventura and that of her family business, Fence Factory.
Our Volunteer of the Year, Raini Steffen, is the person behind the immersive, themed décor of Hearts & Hammers. Raini has contributed countless volunteer hours to our special events and on our build sites, is a champion for Habitat Ventura in the community and is a generous supporter of our work as well.
Last but not least, Don Majors is the recipient of our Lifetime Impact Award. Don, his wife Christine and his family, including his grandson, have supported Habitat Ventura's mission for two decades. Don gives to Habitat Ventura through St. Max's Habitat to the Max ministry, lends his welding expertise on our job sites and at our administrative office, repairs our equipment and trailers, and is instrumental in the preparation of playhouse kits for our Playhouse Build program. Don has been a key part of Habitat Ventura's construction through crew leadership, equipment operating, and doing anything asked of him to make affordable housing possible in our community.
We are so excited to recognize this year's honorees for their immeasurable impact on our community. Laurie, Raini, Don and Adept Fasteners embody the spirit of compassion and service that lies at the heart of Habitat Ventura.
We look forward to celebrating during this special evening with you, our wonderful supporters!
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (805) 485-6065 ext. 109.
Making beautiful spaces
for all of ventura county
At Raini & Associates, we support the vision of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County and believe this should be a “world where everyone has a decent place to live”. We also believe that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful space.
Since 2013, Raini regularly volunteers with Habitat, working onsite building homes, as well as with the event committee to raise funds for the organization. For the past several years, she has lead the décor team for the annual fundraiser, Hearts & Hammers. This event raises over $100,000 each year to build new, affordable housing in Ventura County
A portion of every Design, Stage, and Consultation is donated to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. We believe that everyone should have a beautiful place to call home!
“It is a challenge, but also quite rewarding to coordinate an event for 350 guest and do it with little to no budget. We have an amazing team of donors and volunteers and they really help make the magic happen.”
Raini & Associates Assists
in Making the Dream of Home Ownership a Reality
In Ventura County, people struggle to provide the most basic need for their families: a home. According to a University of Southern California report, rent is projected to climb to $2,090 in 2020, up $107 from $1,983 a month in 2018. One in three spend more than 50% of what they earn on housing, leaving precious little for necessities like food, transportation, and medical care, and nothing left to save for their future. Many live in homes that are cramped, unsafe, and in disrepair and families suffer from the effects of unstable housing: their health is worse, children perform poorly in schools, and there are fewer opportunities.