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Montgomery Community Build Day

Raritan Valley Habitat Holds Community Build Day With Montgomery Twp. Volunteers

Somerville, NJ: A group of Montgomery Township residents set aside their busy Saturday schedules on December 12th to support the construction of Montgomery’s first Habitat home on Willow Road in the Belle Mead section of the township. It was a cloudy, cold morning, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of this eager crew who were determined to help their soon-to-be neighbors, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity future partner homeowner Cicely C. and one of children, her daughter Jordan.

The volunteer group included Township Committee Member, Devra Keenan; Township Administrator, Donato Nieman and his wife Roberta; two members of the Rocky Hill Rotary Club, Sharon Prosinski and Paul Blodgett; and additional township residents, Joe Giordano and Katherine Powell. Montgomery Township Mayor Sadaf Jaffer also stopped by to greet and thank the volunteers.

The volunteers worked with a circular saw spending hours cutting and then installing studs, to form the framework of the walls, windows and doors of the home. As if that weren’t enough, they also organized the site’s shed and trailer areas with new tools and equipment that had been delivered that day, to ensure easy access to items for future volunteer groups. Roberta Nieman commented, “I have always enjoyed volunteering. It is a great way to give back! I am an organizer, so I enjoyed the work and the visible improvements we were able to accomplish.”

All involved enjoyed the opportunity to meet and get to know Cicely and Jordan. Katherine Powell commented, ”The best thing about the day was meeting the homeowner and her daughter, and hearing the heartfelt gratitude for all the volunteers helping to make her dream of homeownership a reality.”

Two volunteers inquired about joining Raritan Valley Habitat’s “workday faithful” group. The workday faithful’s are a dedicated group of construction volunteers (some have been with the organization for 10 or more years) that come out every Wednesday and Thursday and perform much of the home’s construction work.

The day concluded with a lunch, generously donated by Powered Services, LLC. Meg Helms, President of RV Habitat’s Board of Directors and 33 year Montgomery Township resident, thanked the volunteers and had this to say, “I am so grateful but not at all surprised by the enthusiastic support my hometown, Montgomery, continues to provide for our first home build in the town! I personally knew half the volunteers, from the town council’s Donato Nieman and his wife, Roberta, to our wonderful Rotary club friends Paul and Sharon (a group my husband also belongs to). That community support directly benefits Cicely and her children, who I hope will grow to love Montgomery as much as we all do.”

Are you interested in getting involved in helping Cicely and her family as they build a brighter future? Whether you are a do-it-yourself home project person or an experienced construction worker seeking to join the workday faithful volunteers, there are still opportunities available to get involved. Just e-mail Iris Alston, RV Habitat Program Manager, at with Willow Road in the subject line.
You can also support Cicely’s home build and other projects like it by making a donation. Please visit or you can mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6275 Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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