Meet Shane Pirtle and Lonnie Rathbun.


UWBC is honored to announce Shane Pirtle and Lonnie Rathbun as Volunteers of the Quarter.

These fine gentlemen go above and beyond every day, driving the recovery and rebuilding of Holiday Lakes in the wake of the flooding last June. Lonnie and Shane are hands-on volunteers: coaching AmeriCorps youth, assessing projects, obtaining supplies, and working together and separately to bring families back into their homes.

Lonnie learned many of his skills from his father, who was an electrician. As he grew older, he too found the desire to pass on that knowledge through directorships with U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth). He and Shane work with U.M. ARMY youth almost every summer to bring their valuable skills to a new generation. Like Lonnie, Shane also received his passion for building and construction from his father.

Together, Lonnie and Shane have dedicated over 400 hours of their time to rebuilding Holiday Lakes, even taking some precious time over the Christmas season to continue their efforts.

And, they have an important message to share – The most needed resource right now in the rebuilding of Brazoria County is you. Your knowledge is needed to assess projects. Your expertise is needed to coach volunteers. Your skills are needed to make homes safe for families. Will you join them?


Thank you Lonnie and Shane, for all you do!


If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise toward the rebuilding and recovery of Brazoria County, contact Gloria Luna, gluna@uwbc.org, or call our office at 979.849.9402.


Volunteers are the backbone of the United Way organization. 

If you are interested in volunteering with United Way of Brazoria County and our partners, please visit uwbc.volunteermatch.org to find the latest opportunities.