Meet Mt. Washington Valley Habitat’s newest volunteer, Andy Trowbridge. For some time, Andy had been thinking about joining Habitat. He knew about it, what great work the organization does but just never knew how to get involved until he was talking with Pete Tracy recently. Pete has put together volunteer work groups in the last year or two from the home owner’s association where he lives, Hale Estates. He allowed not only what fun it was working with a great bunch of people, but how rewarding it is to work next to the family whose home this house will become. Pete suggested to Andy, “why don’t you send Anthony Ruddy, Habitat Construction Chairman, an email and tell him you’re interested?”
At Anthony’s invitation Andy showed up Thursday morning bright and early at the Grison Rd. site and immediately fit in. No stranger to the basics of wiring, plumbing, framing, etc. as well as indulging in woodworking as a hobby, he immediately fit right in. When asked about his first day, he replied: “I had a blast yesterday! It was very rewarding.and I enjoyed meeting the future homeowner as well.” Andy has lived in the Valley for over 10 years and is currently employed as an insurance agent for Chalmer’s Insurance. He and his wife Brienne live in Madison.
Fryeburg Academy Students – in 2012, students spent several weeks of class time with their teacher, Mark Strange, building a shed for the Habitat home in Fryeburg. Over the last several years, a shed has been built to act as essential storage for each new home built through the program. This provides room for the homeowner to store lawn mowers, tools, garden equipment and other items. Mark offered the students a chance to gain “hands-on” skills in carpentry by building this 12 foot by 8 foot structure complete with a window and double doors. The project was completed with additional assistance from Dee Barker and Tom Ackley.
On June 7, 2012, the day before their last school day, the teacher and students delivered the shed to the Habitat work site and took the opportunity to pose for a picture in front of their proud accomplishment.