HFH-MW/GW in the Media
Articles in the news about Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester:
WPI Playhouse Event- Over 60 volunteers from WPI raised funds and built three playhouses for local veteran families during this heartwarming event on February 13, 2016. Playhouse themes included Doc McStuffins, Sophia the First, and Mickey & Minnie Mouse! Read more here: The Daily Herd February 26 2016 Worcester Telegram and Gazette February 15 2016
A New Day Dawning for Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, the City of Worcester and other local groups are invested in a five year project to improve the Union Hill Neighborhood in Worcester. Read more here: In City Times September 4 2015
Two Homes to be Dedicated on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is thrilled to dedicate two homes on Saturday December 5th. These homes are the first two to be completed in a four home (two duplex) project on Stonebridge Road in Wayland, MA. WickedLocal.com Wayland December 2 2015 Update: WickedLocal.com Wayland December 7 2015
Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes in Auburn, MA- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH MWGW) will break ground on Tuesday, October 27th at 1 PM to begin building an affordable duplex home at 4 Homestead Avenue. Auburn Mass Daily October 13 2015 Worcester Telegram and Gazette October 27 2015
HFH MWGW hosts Project Playhouse on October 15- Worcester For the last year, HFH MWGW has been creating special playhouses for veterans’ children thanks to local corporations support. On Thursday, Oct. 15 there will be seven houses built and dedicated at the Worcester Common. Worcester Telegram and Gazette October 10 2015
Habitat, Academy Spruce up Worcester Home- Worcester Academy students and staff participated in national A Brush With Kindness week to kick off a five year plan, in collaboration with other Worcester organizations, to revitalize the Union Hill neighborhood. Worcester Telegram and Gazette October 4 2015
UPDATE: Major Theft at the Wayland Build Site of Four Habitat Homes- “… we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the citizens and businesses in Wayland. It has truly been heartwarming to see the response.” Words from our Executive Director, Tim Firment. Worcester Telegram and Gazette October 3 2015
Major Theft at the Wayland Build Site of Four Habitat Homes- On Thursday, September 17 2015 Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester reported a robbery of over $1,500 worth of tools and equipment. At some point during the night someone broke the equipment trailer lock, and stole a number of critical tools to complete four homes on Stonebridge Road in Wayland,MA. WCVB News Center 5 September 17 2015 MetroWest Daily News September 17 2015
Discussion begins for Historical Northboro buildings to become affordable housing- A pair of historic homes downtown could house the town’s newest affordable housing units. The Northboro Affordable Housing Corp. is in talks with Trinity Church to buy residential buildings the church owns at 33 Main St. and 37-39 Main St. NAHC, a nonprofit launched several years ago to increase the town’s affordable housing stock, hopes to turn the buildings over to Habitat for Humanity, which would renovate them into condominiums. Worcester Telegram and Gazette September 11 2015
HFH MWGW Collaborates With City Groups to Revitalize Union Hill- Read about our collaboration with the City of Worcester, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, Worcester Academy, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department and area residents to revitalize the Union Hill neighborhood of Worcester. Worcester Telegram and Gazette August 17 Worcester Magazine August 17 Mass Live August 18
Minuteman High School Students Help Build a Habitat Home in Wayland – Students from the plumbing and electrical programs at Minuteman High School donate their time and expertise to help bring one Habitat duplex home closer to completion. YourArlington.Com News August 2
Framingham Veteran Receives Crucial Home Repairs Thanks to Habitat for Humanity- He may not be on reality television, but disabled veteran Cezary Nalaskowski is receiving his own home makeover this month thanks to the Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Home Repair Program. MetroWest Daily News July 26
Three Local Companies Join Together in Habitat Project – On Wednesday, June 17, SanDisk, EMC, and Deloitte came together to participate in our biggest Project Playhouse event yet raising over $40,000. Worcester Telegram and Gazette June 21 Brittany Murphy – Local Marlborough Channel (Video)
Worcester Academy Donates House Lot to Habitat for Humanity – On Monday, February 2, Worcester Academy held a ceremony to hand over 21 Aetna Street to Habitat for Humanity. The plan is to construct a two-family home on this lot. Worcester Telegram and Gazette March 2
Grant Awarded to Rehabilitate Veteran’s Home– Commerce Bank and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester have been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, to help fund the rehabilitation of a single-family home in Worcester for a wounded veteran and his or her family. Worcester Telegram and Gazette February 18 Worcester Business Journal Online February 12
Good Deeds: Habitat Gets Solar Systems– New England Clean Energy and Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) are collaborating with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester to provide Maple solar energy systems for Habitat’s Project Playhouse program. Worcester Telegram and Gazette November 30 Solar Power World December 9
Latest Habitat project will benefit veteran and family- A ceremony Wednesday marked the latest Habitat for Humanity project to renovate a house on 79 Kendig St. Upon completion, the home will be made available to a wounded veteran and his/her family.Worcester Telegram and Gazette November 23
Good Deeds: Military family to get Habitat playhouse– Unum employees, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater Worcester, recently took part in Project Playhouse to support a special military family in the community Worcester Telegram and Gazette November 16
Hopkinton playhouse to be built for a Veteran’s daughter – The Real Estate Agents of Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty, in partnering with Habitat built a Playhouse in the parking lot of their office in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton’s Television Station November 12, MetroWest Daily News November 12
WNT Military Family Playhouse Dedication– UNUM celebrates Veterans Day by building a playhouse to give to a military family through Habitat for Humanity. Charter TV3 November 7
Habitat for Humanity playhouse turns child of local veteran into ‘mini-homeowner’- Habitat for Humanity gives a veteran’s child a super-hero themed playhouse at the Worcester Bravehearts game. Mass Live August 1, 2014
Habitat Homeowner honored as a Champion of Change- Habitat Homeowner, Fabiola Nizigiyamana was honored at the White House for the amazing work she is doing in her community. MassLive July 31, 2014
Worcester families move into Habitat duplex – Two years after Wells Fargo donated property at 133 Plantation St. to Habitat for Humanity, the dream of homeownership is becoming a reality for two Worcester families. Telegram Towns April 21, 2014.
Women invited to help build at Habitat site in Wayland –Habitat for Humanity invites women for a week of power tools, hard hats and women helping women. The MetroWest Daily News and Wayland Town Crier April 21, 2014.
Weston church members volunteer at Habitat site –Dozens of volunteers from First Parish Church in Weston spent the day working at the new Habitat for Humanity site on Stonebridge Road in Wayland on March 29. Wayland Town Crier April 11, 2014.
Holliston officials on board with Habitat for Humanity project –Habitat for Humanity wants to set its toolbox down in Holliston with a project to build two single family homes on Chamberlin Street. The MetroWest Daily News April 7, 2014.
Commerce Bank shares in home rehab grant – Commerce Bank said it and Habitat for Humanity—MetroWest/Greater Worcester have been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston that will help fund the rehabilitation of a single-family home in Auburn. WB Journal March 3, 2014
Central Mass Habitat for Humanity truck stolen, burned – The local Habitat for Humanity chapter is reeling today after learning the truck used to collect donations was stolen Tuesday night and set ablaze on Grove Street. Telegram and Gazette, October 23, 2013
ReStore to hold Fall for All Sale – The Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStore, 11 Distributor Road (off Gold Star Blvd.), will host its second annual Fall for All sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Read more
Beer + Wine Tasting For Greater Worcester Habitat For Humanity – When do you get a chance to taste delicious wines and beers, and build hope at the same time? On September 24, 2013, at a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser at the Manor Restaurant in West Boylston. The night kicks off at 6pm Go Local Worcester.com – September, 19, 2013
Excitement for Habitat for Humanity ground breaking in Wayland – The Habitat for Humanity project to build four affordable homes on town-donated land on Stonebridge Road kicked off on June 29 with a groundbreaking ceremony. Wayland Town Crier, July 10, 2013
ReStoring the Community – What is the ReStore doing for our community? Spring Fling 2013! Worcester Magazine, May 15, 2013
Habitat for Humanity buys first home in Auburn – Habitat for Humanity has acquired a house in town for the first time. The 1,218-square foot ranch at 4 Homestead Ave. has two bedrooms and a single bathroom on a 12,375-square-foot lot near Bethel Lutheran Church. Telegram and Gazette, April 14, 2013
Habitat house goes to deaf Mom, daughter– Ornella Bisceglia can add a new title, homeowner, to the already impressive list that describes her (master of four languages, mother and scientist, to name a few).
Telegram & Gazette, December 9, 2012
Red Sox Aid Habitat for Humanity– A video produced by the Boston Red Sox about their day at the Fales Street build project and choosing us as one of their 100 Acts of Kindness. Red Sox.com, October 31, 2012
Wayland’s Habitat Project: Fundraising, Permitting and Striking the First Nail – The timeline has shifted slightly and there’s still quite a lot of money to raise, but Wayland’s Habitat for Humanity project on Stonebridge Road is alive and well.
Wayland Patch, September 25, 2012
Habitat for Humanity Presented Housing and Homeless Grant from Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS® – Nominated to receive the grant by the WRAR, Habitat MetroWest/Greater Worcester was selected based on their initiatives to provide affordable housing, shelter and other emergency care services within Massachusetts.
WRAR Press Release July 26, 2012 and
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 22, 2012
WSU is Welded to Community– “I have been very impressed with the greater Worcester community and I am deeply grateful for all of the partnerships the university enjoys with the community.”
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 25, 2012
Building the Community– Staff from the $612 million, 54,000-member Leominster Credit Union have been volunteering their time and labor this summer at two Habitat for Humanity sites in Leominster and Worcester, Mass.
Credit Union Times, July 19, 2012
Habitat Dedicates a Sturbridge Home– “It was an amazing moment when they called.”
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, June 22, 2012
Women’s Work – Female power fuels Habitat for Humanity efforts – A look at Women Build in both the North Central and MetroWest/Greater Worcester Habitat afilliates.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 6, 2012
Habitat Project location marked; Buy a Brick Fundraiser underway– At last, you can find the location of the soon-to-be-built Habitat houses in Wayland. The Local Project Committee is starting to raise funds to meet Habitat’s requirement to have 30 percent of the budget in hand at the time of groundbreaking.
Wayland eNews.com, April 9, 2012
HFH-MW/GW asks Wayland residents to vote YES – Article 22 in the upcoming Town Meeting asks the town to appropriate Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for the Habitat for Humanity project that will be built on Stonebridge Road.
Wicked Local Wayland, April 6, 2012
ReStore stocks good deals aiding good works – The ReStore helps to make the HFH-MW/GW projects come to life, and customers — and donors — are finding that the store is on their list of favorites.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 3, 2012
Welcome Home – Habitat families take ownership of Boylston house – When it’s snowing outside, like it was during last Saturday’s dedication ceremony, it’s nice to have a home.
The Banner, January 26, 2012
Dream of home ownership becomes reality – At the Dedication Ceremony the keys to 1 Mill Road Circle in Boylston were handed over to the Davin and Mendoza families on January 21, 2012.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 22, 2012
A Habitat volunteer in the local spotlight – Boylston resident and Habitat volunteer Steve Welus is taking a leadership role in the construction of a new home at 1 Mill Road Circle in Boylston.
The Banner, December 30, 2011
Marlborough veteran gets a new roof over his head – Through our Veteran Initiatives a local World War II veteran now has a new roof over his head. With a grant from the Home Depot Foundation Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester teamed up with the Marlborough Veterans Agent – Gary Brown and the Hudson Grace Baptist Church to help Charlie Keyser and his wife.
The MetroWest Daily News, December 11, 2011
Making a difference in the community – Pulse Magazine ran an article on organizations, including Habitat for Humanity MWGW, that are making a difference in the Worcester community. Learn about how you can help Habitat and these other amazing nonprofits.
The Pulse, December 8, 2011
How the local business community helps build affordable houses for families in need – Listen to a podcast with Executive Director Harriett Lebow and Board President Mike Wimberly.
WICN radio, October 2, 2011
Habitat house to be built for Shrewsbury family – When Ornella Bisceglia moved to Shrewsbury from Russia nine years ago, holding her 2-month-old baby Laura in her arms, she had no idea how the cultural differences and economy would end up affecting her life.
The Daily Millbury, October 15, 2011
Ground broken for new home — Michael Wimberly, Board President of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester; Laura Bisceglia; Ornella Bisceglia; and Edwin Shea, Worcester Market President of Bank of America, break ground at the site of the Bisceglia’s future home at 16 Fales St.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, October 16, 2011
Pitch in to help a Shrewsbury family – Habitat for Humanity is building a home in Worcester for the Shrewsbury family. “When I moved to America, I never dreamed I would own a home,” said Ornella Bisceglia, a Russian immigrant who moved to America in 2002.
Shrewsbury Patch, October 24, 2011
Realtors participate in build-day with Habitat for Humanity – Members of the Worcester Regional Association of Realtors recently took part in a Realtors Build Day with the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Great Worcester chapter.
Leominster Champion, October 28, 2011
Inching closer to making a house a home – Habitat for Humanity MetroWest and Greater Worcester has used an eclectic group of fundraising events — a hat day at local schools, a food tasting event, and build days with local corporations — to raise $66,000 toward building a house at 79 Fairview Park Road.
Southbridge Evening News, August 24, 2011
Habitat for Humanity opens ReStore in Worcester – Many are familiar with the organization Habitat for Humanity, and its mission to build affordable housing around the country. Now the non-profit is hoping to build up its brand of outlets known as ReStore. The money from the stores go directly back to organization.
New England Cable News, April 1, 2011
Put your heart into Habitat for Humanity on Valentine’s Day – Are you looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day? You could opt for the traditional approach: making reservations at a nice restaurant and upping the romantic value of your home décor with candles, lace and an ample amount of rose petals. If you’re single, maybe your Valentine’s Day looks more like mine each year: you finish off a bag of candy hearts – followed by a box of chocolates – while watching re-runs of your favorite TV show.
Central Mass Pride Magazine, February 3, 2011
Local Habitat for Humanity works both locally and globally – Thirty homes, 117 new homeowners and 11,000 hours of volunteer service, in 25 years–with statistics like these, the MetroWest and Greater Worcester affiliation of Habitat for Humanity has something to celebrate.
Worcester Mag, February 3, 2011
Stageloft show aims to raise a roof with laughs – It has often been said that laughter is good for the soul. On Friday night it will be good for both the soul and the community, as the Stageloft Theater will donate all proceeds from its New Year’s Eve variety and comedy show to the Tri-Community Habitat project in Sturbridge.
Southbridge Evening News, December 28, 2010
Welcome home Lavalley family: Keys passed on Habitat for Humanity house – Adrianna and Jacklyn Lavalley didn’t want to wait for the grown-ups to finish their speeches, didn’t want to wait for their teary-eyed mother to be presented with the keys to the modest two-story house on MacArthur Drive. This, after all, is their house. Their home.
The Daily Millbury, July 19, 2010
Women Build works on Habitat for Humanity house, 30th house built in 25 years – About 65 volunteers raised more than $5,000 and participated in the Habitat for Humanity — MetroWest/Greater Worcester’s second annual Women Build, painting inside and out, laying tile, and landscaping the grounds of a three-bedroom house on MacArthur Drive.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 3, 2010
Taste of France Fundraiser for Habitat – Niche Hospitality Group and Habitat for Humanity held A Taste of France, a food and wine tasting fundraiser, at Bocado Tapas Bar in Worcester.
Worcester Living, April 2010
Alteris Renewables and SunPower partner to put solar on Habitat for Humanity Home in Millbury, MA – Alteris Renewables and SunPower, lead by Alteris’ Worcester-county solar energy specialist Greg Coppolino, have recently donated the installation of a 2.76kW Sunpower solar electricity system.
Alteris Renewables, April 19, 2010