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MWCC's Extraordinary Volunteer!

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By Janice O'Connor
MWCC student Vanessa Lynch worked alongside Jimmy Baboci, owner of the Habitat house, installing vinyl siding.
A group of 28 MWCC students chose handsaws and hammers over sunscreen and swimming by volunteering in the college’s first Alternative Spring Break this week. The students, along with four staff members, spent a portion of spring break helping to build a house in Townsend for a family of six. Vice Presidents Peter Trainor and Ann McDonald and staff members Greg Clement and Joyce Kulig also participated in the Habitat for Humanity - North Central Massachusetts construction project.
“This is our very first alternative spring break, and we’ve had such a wonderful experience and an overflow of student volunteers,” said Clement, assistant dean of student services. “We had a waiting list for this project. It’s just great to see how big the hearts of our students are and what tremendous student leaders we have.”
Business major Scott Brown worked with fellow students Tim Coelho, Betsy Cox and Pamela Wood to construct a bedroom closet. “I own my own handyman business and I thought I might be of assistance,” he said. “My family does a lot of volunteering, and it’s really important to me to give back to my community.”
Although the alternative spring break effort is new, volunteers from MWCC have pitched in on Habitat projects on many occasions over the years. Mike Nobrega, construction manager for North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity, said the nonprofit organization greatly appreciates the college’s consistent efforts. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Nobrega, an alumnus of MWCC. “It benefits the homeowner and it also trains the up and coming generation on what it means to give back. In a sense, it provides life skills training for them as well.”
The Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity NCM recently announced that the Baboci family will be the owners of the first Habitat house in Townsend. Owners Jimmy and Teuta, who are helping to build the home alongside volunteers, are themselves active volunteers in the community, helping out in the schools, providing daycare at their church, and volunteering at band concerts held on the Townsend common. When the home is completed later this year, they will move in with their three children and Mrs. Baboci's mother.
“The way the community has been helping us, it’s hard to find the words," Teuta Baboci said this week. "The students have been wonderful. A big thank you to everyone!”

List of Volunteers that participated
Allison Autino, Amy Doucette, Brad Airey, Brad Rivard, Brad Swanson, Bryan Klink, Cynthia Haley, Danielle Machemer, Edward W. Edgecombe, Elizabeth Cox, Hector D. Melendez, Holly Patricia, Cain, Jeremy Parker, Jessica Soto, Julia Stillman, Kaitlyn Therrien, Katie Forgues, Laura Travisano, Lindsay Cormier, Malinda Fothergill, Michael Carton, Pamela Ann Wood, Scott Brown, Timothy J. Coelho, Vanessa Whitney Lynch, Zachary Grimes, Gregory Clement, Ann McDonald, Peter Trainor, Joyce Kulig

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