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We Lost A Good One


Jim Barnard, a very dedicated community volunteer, passed away in November. Jim worked on numerous project for Rebuilding Together Thurston County as part of the First United Methodist Men's Group. He's pictured in this newsletter's header helping to build a wheelchair ramp. At his memorial, it was clear that he was an all-around great guy who will be tremendously missed!


Jim climbed Mount Rainier, biked the Seattle to Portland race, kayaked and canoed down the Mississippi River, followed the Lewis and Clark Trail, built wooden toys for children, AND volunteered. He built wheelchair ramps, repaired decks and floors, replaced siding, and more for Rebuilding Together Thurston County homeowners. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building new, affordable homes. He joined his First United Methodist Church Men’s group building tiny homes for the homeless shelter on Quince Street. He joined a group that built new homes for people who lost their homes in Eastern Washington wildfires. He helped around his church and even traveled to Mexico to help build community buildings.


AND instead of flowers at his memorial service, he wanted donations made in his honor to Rebuilding Together Thurston County and Habitat for Humanity. To honor Jim with a tribute gift, visit our donation page.


Thank you Jim for making our community a better place, we’ll miss you.

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