Embacher honored for service to mankind

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Sertoma Club President Craig Galvin (right) presents the Service to Mankind award for 2017 to Dick Embacher. Embacher was recognized for his dedication to the community, organizations, neighbors and the surrounding area.

Submitted photo Sertoma Club President Craig Galvin (right) presents the Service to Mankind award for 2017 to Dick Embacher. Embacher was recognized for his dedication to the community, organizations, neighbors and the surrounding area.

NEW ULM — Dick Embacher was honored with the Service To Mankind Award on Wednesday night, for his volunteer work.

“I was surprised and humbled,” Embacher said upon learning of his nomination for the award.

For 37 years, Embacher worked as the Social Services supervisor for Brown County Family Services. Since he retired in 2011, he has remained committed to helping people through volunteerism.

The list of his volunteer work includes Meals on Wheels and the Southeast Advisory Council on Aging, He helped establish the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, is involved with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and helps neighbors and friends with yard and home maintenance.

Asked why he continues to volunteer his time to help others, Embacher said he was a recipient of many good things: a good family, a good home and good health.

“I feel I have to give back,” he said.

Embacher’s philosophy is to think globally and work locally. By helping those nearest to us, the world become a better place.

In the last three and a half years, Embacher and Steve Gehrke developed the Heart to Home Furnishing organization. They collect donated furniture and redistribute it to those in need. This includes fundraising, arranging for storage, taking calls from donors and delivering the furniture to families.

Embacher was approached by Gehrke to start the organization. In his time working Social Services, Embacher knew there was a real need for this service.

To date, over 3,000 furniture items have been delivered to nearly 300 families in the Brown County area.

Embacher said those who donate to Heart to Home Furnishing are as happy to donate as others are to receive the furniture.

“The people donating are happy to not put the furniture in the landfill,” he said.

Embacher has every intention to continue volunteering his time. Heart to Home accepts large furniture items such as sofas, chairs, beds and dressers.

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