Todd D. Volker has been named the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of La Salle, Bureau and Putnam Counties effective May 2.
The announcement was made by Habitat’s board of directors. Volker assumes the role following the retirement of executive director Sally Van Cura in February.
Volker is a permanent resident of La Salle and Bureau counties. He graduated from Knox College in Galesburg and received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois. During his professional career, he has held positions in the public and private sectors. His experience in real estate and small business development, government consulting projects and corporate philanthropy programs has included public outreach and marketing efforts.
Volker will have operational responsibilities for the subsidiary’s housing construction projects, public education efforts on affordable housing and the new ReStore in Peru, a 28,000 square foot discount home improvement store. The ReStore sells furniture, building materials, carpeting, lighting, housewares, and many other items for daily and home improvement needs. The ReStore helps fund Habitat’s mission to help families in need.
Habitat for Humanity of LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity LBPC is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and globally by building, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions.
The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate is in its 26th year. Families receive affordable low-interest mortgages and invest their equity in building new or rehabilitated homes in the tri-county service area.
“I am excited about Habitat for Humanity’s mission and its local reach,” Volker said. “It’s a powerful organization to get things done in our community.
Volker lives in Ottawa with his wife Linda and son Leo, where he is active in many local civic projects.