A critical piece in making this partnership a true community endeavor is that the Town of Bloomfield, in support of the school plan, donated the property at 89 East Morningside Street where the house will be built. The town's moderate homeownership rate and modest family income levels make the East Morningside Street neighborhood an ideal site for this project. Habitat already has built nine homes in Bloomfield—two in 2002, one in 2006 and six in 2014 with the town's full support.
To get a flavor of the excitement building in Bloomfield, take a few minutes to listen to this brief clip of legendary Bloomfield-based radio talk show host and huge Habitat fan Brad Davis's interview with Chef Paul Waszkelewicz, Stacey McCann (Community Relations, Bloomfield Public Schools), and Marie McNamara (Individual Engagement Manager, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity).
How will students, parents and staff volunteer?
- Students ages 16 and above, along with parents/staff, are invited to volunteer at the Habitat ReStore located at 500 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield, CT.
- Volunteers 16 and above (must be 18 and over to use power tools) are welcome to form teams of up to 10 people to come out to assist in building homes on site.
- Students will be actively engaged in raising funds through creating social media funding pages, requesting corporate and individual sponsorships, as well as creating other fundraiser events.
For details about the Bloomfield School System's partnership with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and other community engagement programs, as well as how to contribute or get involved, please contact Stacey McCann, Community Relations, at Bloomfield Public Schools, or Marie McNamara, at Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.
Don Shaw, Jr.
Writer and Editor