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Woodcraft Crew Enjoys Opportunity To Help Make Progress On House
The Woodcraft volunteer crew takes a well deserved break at the end of the day and gets a group photo taken.
The house being built is for Woodcraft employee Bonnie Bartlett’s daughter, Amber Bartlett, and her four children, three girls and a boy ages 16 months to 16 years old.
“Woodcraft has a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity,” Woodcraft President Jody Garrett said. “We’re proud to be part of the team that’s building the home for Amber.”
The Woodcraft crew – Andrew Bondi, Ben Bice, George Snyder, Jessica Douglas, Peter Collins, Doug Loyer, Jason Guthrie, Jerry VanCamp and Darin Lawrence – spent the entire day of June 16 on site and completed the internal wall framing, installed all the windows and doors and completed the house wrap. It was a very productive day.
Bonnie was thrilled to find out that a Woodcraft crew was going to spend the day at the Habitat house to help out.
Jerry VanCamp, Jason Guthrie and Darin Lawrence work to put the weather wrap around the house.
Amber Bartlett’s house will be House #99 that the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley has built. When complete, her house will have five bedrooms, two baths, a wraparound porch, laminate flooring and oak trim. It is expected to be finished around the holidays.
Woodcraft Volunteers Enjoy Work Day
Darin Lawrence, Director of Product Development, said, “The hands-on experience left us with a great sense of accomplishment and a good feeling to be able to assist someone in the community. I think we offered them a crew with a skill level higher than usual since we do know and use tools, but it’s not something we are used to doing. It was a great collaborative effort and a very good team-building experience as well.”
“It was a fantastic time for fellowship and a great sense of accomplishment in seeing how much we could do in a short period of time,” said Peter Collins, Senior Product Manager.
Product Manager Ben Bice commented that it was a good time, he really enjoyed the comradery and it felt good to know the team was helping out the community with its efforts.
Habitat Depends on Volunteers
Building a house for a Habitat recipient is very rewarding.
“Every time you build a house,” admitted Bonar, “It’s like you gain another family member because you get to know them so well.”
“They are with you throughout the build. When the house dedication comes, it’s an emotional day for everyone involved. You know it means a lot to them,” said Cline, “and it means a lot to us as well.”
Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley builds houses in Wood County, West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio and has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1990. They have now completed close to 100 homes and have provided housing for over 350 individuals. The group tries to complete five to six houses a year and usually is working on three houses at a time.
Woodcraft encourages you to consider becoming a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in your area. There’s a need, it’s for a great cause, and it’s a great experience. Visit https://www.habitat.org to find a Habitat group near you.
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