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Lex Habitat’s ‘Love Your Neighborhood’ program gets state award; volunteer Dennis Pike also honored

Lexington Habitat received the Outstanding Program Award at the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference held in Louisville recently.

The award was presented in honor of Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood program, which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs and neighborhood clean-up projects.
In addition to receiving an award, Lexington Habitat was recently honored to be able to give an award to one of its most faithful volunteers.

Habitat team accepts award for top program in state

Habitat team accepts award for top program in state

Longtime Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteer Dennis Pike Jr. has been named the first recipient of the Pat Smith Award. This award was created in memory of Lexington Habitat Board Member Pat Smith who was killed in the Comair Flight 5191 crash in 2006.
Inspiring others to get involved is part of Smith’s legacy still seen at Lexington Habitat. From building locally to traveling places like Ghana, India and Mississippi, Smith found ways to engage others in the work he found so meaningful. The Pat Smith Award was created to honor others who are committed to service through Lexington Habitat for Humanity.
Demonstrating the ability to involve and inspire others to serve and steadfastly refusing to see limitations in the effort to serve others are the criteria for the Pat Smith Award. Pike was chosen based on his many years of commitment to Lexington Habitat and his efforts to engage others in this important work.
Pike is a Lexington Habitat Emeritus Board Member and is currently serving as a member of Lexington Habitat’s Resource Development Committee and the Lexington Habitat Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational Golf Committee.

He and his wife Mary Burkley have raised home sponsorship funds and gathered volunteers to build homes with five Lexington Habitat families. Pike has also traveled extensively on Lexington Habitat Global Village trips to build homes internationally and has inspired many others to join him. Lexington Habitat was proud to present Pike this inaugural award.

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