|Sara Bostancic with Jaxon and the quilt she made for him|
Sara Bostancic loves her work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bucks in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. As the FundRaiser Database Coordinator, she plays an important role in the success of the organization. She became involved in the organization as a way to contribute to her community after she had taken time off from the workplace to raise her two sons. She has now been a volunteer there for 10 years.
Habitat for Humanity is special to her. “The moment I experienced a home dedication, I thought, ‘There is nothing better than this. These people are deserving and work hard’, and to witness them get their key… what a thrilling feeling! I do love the Habitat mission.”
She was introduced to FundRaiser when she first became a volunteer at Habitat Bucks. “When I started, I got very little training on the software from my predecessor. He was leaving and I had to just jump in. FundRaiser Technical Support helped me through that time. I always knew I could get help when I wanted it.”
She also volunteers at other nonprofits, while keeping up her work at Habitat Bucks. She loves working with nonprofits because she feels appreciated. As a real FundRaiser Champion, she introduced FundRaiser to one of her other volunteer jobs after having learned about it at Habitat.
Sara is also a quilter and quilts both for her family and for her community. As a volunteer for the nonprofit, Quilts for Kids, she has made about 80 quilts that they donate to hospitals and homeless shelters. She also makes some special quilts for family members. Her eldest son was married in May 2016 and she was honored to give the newlyweds a quilt made with love.
Two of Sara’s greatest pleasures came together about 5 years ago—Habitat and quilting. Quilts for Kids and Habitat are now partners. Any child under the age of 15 receives a quilt at the home dedication. Sara met the child of a new homeowner one day at the Habitat office. His name is Jaxon and he is 5 years old. “When I saw the request from Quilts for Kids that someone make a quilt for him. I said, ‘I need to make that one!’ I made Jaxon a special quilt with his name on it. I was able to give it to him at his family’s home dedication. The first night I heard he was sleeping in his own bedroom under the quilt that I made. It was a double treat that both of my passions came together. It was such a gorgeous day, with 4 families celebrating their home dedications. I thought, ‘I am so fortunate that I can share my time and talent with these families.' ”
As well as being a volunteer, Sara enjoys activities with her family and community. She has been married 30 years. Her husband recently retired. Her family is enjoying time traveling. Last year was Hawaii and this year Ireland. They also enjoy frequent visits to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to relax at the beach.
Recently, Habitat Bucks celebrated two milestones. Twenty-five years of building and dedication of their 100th home.
Sara is making a difference, in her own life and the lives of those around her. She uses her passion to make others happy, and we are proud to have her as an ally and a FundRaiser Champion.