Worcester, Mass., businesses build playhouses for military veteran families

Darryl Caffee of Shrewsbury, a volunteer from Webster Five, paints a section of roof for a playhouse that will go to a veteran's family.


By GEORGE BARNES | Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass. | Published: June 28, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — No one will live in them, but playhouses crafted by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity will provide enjoyment to many children.

Mercantile Center Plaza in downtown Worcester was taken over first thing Friday morning by amateur builders — from local businesses — who constructed playhouses to be donated to families with a record of military service.

Joseph S. Townsend, development director Habitat for Humanity MetroWest-Greater Worcester, said the project involves dozen of work teams, led by craftsmen experienced in building for Habitat for Humanity.

The walls and other sections of the home are pre-cut, with the volunteers piecing them together. They will be painted by the volunteers, and the roofs will be shingled.

In the afternoon, Mr. Townsend said, families will be presented with their finished playhouses.

Mr. Townsend said the event not only creates something special for families of veterans, it helps build communities by giving volunteers a chance to get to know each other and learn new skills. He said he hopes some of the volunteers will take those skills and later volunteer for Habitat for Humanity's improvement programs.

Wendy McFarland, a volunteer from ReMax Professional Associates, said all the members of the REMax team donated time.

Sponsors of the event include ReMax, Abbvie Inc., Bay State Savings, Cornerstone, Fidelity and Webster Five banks, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Southbridge Credit Union and Table Talk Pies. Food for the volunteers is being supplied by Uno's, Boomers, Domino's and Applebees.

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