ATR’s VTO, or Voluntary Time Off program, gives each internal ATR employee 5 paid days each year that they can use to work at a charitable organization(s) of their choosing.  This week we are focusing on Sarah Yacono and her work providing homes for the less fortunate.

VTO Spotlight
Sarah Yacono is a hard worker. She’s always in the office early and is usually one of the last to leave. But recently, Sarah learned a whole new meaning to the term “hard work.” For her Volunteer Time Off, Sarah spent an entire week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity building homes for the less fortunate in her local community.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. “I choose Habitat for Humanity because I had heard such great things about them,” said Sarah, “including the fact that they teach the volunteers and the recipients of the homes new skills that can’t really be learned anywhere else. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Sarah spent her time doing a wide range of things including digging trenches, laying rebar, mixing and pouring cement, installing door frames, laying tiles, and she even installed a toilet and sink. “Its hard work but its very rewarding,” said Sarah, “I’m, thinking about doing it again next year.” No doubt the Habitat for Humanity crew would love to have her back.

Sarah getting her hands dirty

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Some of Sarah’s handiwork

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The Habitat for Humanity Team

Thank you Sarah.

Jerry Brenholz 
President and CEO
ATR International

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