McKibbin Commons focus of Raising the Roof

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s 16th annual Raising the Roof Benefit Breakfast is the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 17th at the Vancouver Hilton. Doors open 6:30 am; the program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 am. This year, the organization honors the hard work and support it has taken to complete the final two homes in the 10-home McKibbin Commons subdivision, a project named after former board president and founding volunteer, John McKibbin. This project is Evergreen’s largest local project to date, directly impacting the lives of 43 children and adults.

Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Jim Mains will emcee the event, and a local girls’ ensemble will perform two pieces related to the power of “home.” Nancy McKibbin plans to speak about her late husband’s commitment to starting Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and how his legacy of service continues to unite people through the building of McKibbin Commons.

The Ray Johnson Award will be given to Bruce Armstrong for his commitment to the board of directors for five years and role as interim executive director. The Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Doug Corso, volunteer since 2015 who has contributed as many as 2,000 hours to building homes with Habitat.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Community Outreach Manager Heather Cochrun at 360-737-1759 or email



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start