Tetzlaff named 2017 Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year

ALPENA – Chuck Tetzlaff has been consistent, weekly volunteer on the Habitat construction sites since 2003. He shows up to work no matter the weather and does whatever tasks that need to be completed. He has a great attitude and lifts the spirits of those around him by means of a quick joke or funny story. Habitat relies on Chuck to mentor new volunteers on the job site, and motivate our existing volunteers to return. He is one of the only volunteers that will travel an hour with Doug Tallant, our site supervisor, just to assist in home repair projects. Chuck leads by example, and his dedication to improving the lives of his neighbors motivates others to do the same. He is a local hero.

Chuck has been volunteering since anyone can remember. Helping others just seems to be a part of his DNA. He has a tender heart for those in need and shows this by using his handy-man skills to help others.

As his wife, Karen, stated, “Chuck is the ‘King’ of offering his services. He never says no.” He just wants to help where he is able and is always willing to give his time to whatever is needed.

Chuck is a retired naval veteran, volunteers in his church, local community, and serves his community and country wherever it is needed it most.

Chuck embodies the aspects of this award by taking action to make his community a better place. Even retirement has not slowed Chuck and he continues to offer his talents and expertise in construction in the northeast part area to our volunteers.

He is a joy to be around and his light hearted, kind attitude brings volunteers back and encourages others to serve their community as well. He makes volunteering fun while working hard to get the projects done. He is unique in that he works throughout the winter.