CHARLOTTE – The Housing Opportunity Foundation has named Otis Crowder, owner of Crowder Construction Co. of Charlotte, the winner of its 2014 Humanitarian Award. The foundation, which serves as the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, honored Crowder for his work in enhancing the lives of individuals in the Charlotte region.
Crowder runs the multidivision construction firm with more than 1,000 full-time employees in offices across four states. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte through extensive involvement in construction and as a board member, as well as the Urban Ministry Center, where his company has assisted with facility repairs. Crowder also has been involved in leadership and advocacy for the Charlotte Housing Authority, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation, Central Piedmont Community College and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
Crowder was nominated for the award by Community Link, an area nonprofit he is involved in that assists individuals and families in obtaining safe and affordable housing. As the winner, he received a commemorative crystal award and is able to designate a nonprofit organization to receive a $2,000 contribution from the foundation.
The foundation also honored John Saunders of Mooresville for his extensive giving, support and commitment to eradicating hunger. It donated $500 to Saunders’ organization, Food for Days in Iredell County. The organization, formerly the Backpack Ministry of Mooresville, helps feed at-risk children in Iredell County. Saunders was instrumental in establishing and leading the organization, which has been feeding at-risk children since 2010.