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Volunteer spotlight: Jeff Eisel, Oakcurl Construction

Jeff Eisel, left, strategizes at a Rebuilding Day project with house captain Ray and another volunteer.

With an extraordinarily busy business, Jeff Eisel, owner of Oakcurl Construction, is giving time to Rebuilding Together Thurston County on a regular basis! An experienced construction professional, Jeff often works on projects with inexperienced but eager RTTC volunteers. He does great work for our homeowners in need and has taken on some project management responsibilities as well.

When he lived in Gig Harbor and was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Jeff was bitten by the “volunteer” bug. He first heard about RTTC from a fellow singer in the Olympia Choral Society, which held a major fundraiser for us several years ago. Intrigued, Jeff and his daughter volunteered on Chuck’s Rebuilding Day project in May. He was so excited about his volunteer experience that he reached out to RTTC and asked to help on additional projects.

Since Rebuilding Day, Jeff and his daughter have removed old hazardous carpet and replaced it with engineered hardwood for Carol in Tenino. He repaired a ceiling and wall for Dawnell in Yelm and is currently installing new flooring on stairs for Jeanette in Olympia. He plans to repair a roof for Patrick in Yelm next.

Jeff recognizes that RT clients could wind up homeless if their housing problems aren’t resolved. He finds the work challenging and it provides him with an important sense of having contributed in a very hands-on way to his community, “It makes me feel good to do this.” Coming from a family where his father was a dedicated volunteer, Jeff recognizes the value of giving back. Partly as a reflection of his Christian upbringing, but even more as a nod to his desire to help, Jeff’s parting comment was, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve.”

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer with Rebuilding Together Thurston County, call us at 360-539-7830. There are many opportunities to contribute: office, PR, event planning, home repairs, etc. You do not need to be a construction professional to make a difference in our community!



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