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Everyone who knows Lou Molnar will tell you he’s a quiet man who shuns the spotlight. But his contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Central Pasco are hard to ignore. For the past seven years, he’s spent many weekends at the build site—pounding nails, installing kitchen cabinets, laying roof shingles and doing anything necessary to finish a home in time for the deserving family to move in.

However, Molnar, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Advantage Team in Land O’ Lakes, sees himself as just one of many volunteers who “do the dirty work to make the house come out of the ground. It’s exciting, though, to see a piece of dirt with a bunch of trees on it, and all of a sudden a family is picked [to receive the home],” he says.  

Molnar has also held just about every office at the Central Pasco chapter, including president, vice president, treasurer and director. He even revamped the organization’s Web site, and contributed cash, materials, office space and other resources every year of his involvement. To raise community awareness, he pays for exhibit space at his local chamber of commerce’s annual business expo. And he spearheaded the search for land for future Habitat homes.

Government contracts are difficult for an organization to procure. But thanks to Molnar’s painstaking efforts, the Central Pasco chapter of Habitat has received several—including a major one from Habitat International that was awarded to a select few. “We came up with the idea to use the grant to buy two trailers and make tool carts out of them,” says Molnar, adding that other affiliates have caught on to their idea.

The Land O’ Lakes Board of REALTORS® honored Molnar with their Community Service Award last year, citing his selfless promotion of Habit for Humanity.
“You feel embarrassed taking the hero buttons when there are so many people who do this,” a modest Molnar says of the award. “It’s just part of giving back.”