MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Meredith Ashkettle
Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life, to feel strong and stable, and to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity supports our neighbors to achieve this strength and independence through homeownership.
When only 8 years old, Meredith Ashkettle revealed to a friend of the family, who happened to be a past Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, that she was going to work with Habitat for Humanity someday, too.  Meredith followed her passion and for the past 10 years has directed the operations and managed volunteers for Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
The Habitat ReStores are retail locations open to the public. They accept donations of new and gently used furniture, housewares, building materials, tools, plumbing, electrical and much more.  The net sales help Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity build affordable, decent housing for families in need.
Meredith says managing volunteers make her heart sing.  “I am blessed to be doing what I love and enjoy.”  Being out of the office and working from home due to COVID-19 led Meredith to reflect on her career path and she’s convinced that she is doing what she was meant to do. 
In her journey as director of the ReStore, Meredith has discovered that business in Geauga County is much different than business in Lake County.  “There are no cookie cutters.  You can live many lives in one life.  If you get to know your volunteers—who they are, what’s important to them, and empower them with responsibility—they will take it and run with it.”
Meredith has been a member of FVA for about 3 years. She lives in Chesterland, hangs out with her cat, Patty Lady, and enjoys biking, paddle boarding and vegan cooking.  
Habitat for Humanity is in her future. In the next few years, she plans to expand the ReStore’s reach in Lake County, filling up the 17,000, sq. ft building—a task that is harder that you think!  Meredith also hopes to see the re-opening of the Geauga County ReStore, which closed due to COVID-19, soon. 
We look forward to Meredith getting more actively involved with Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA).