Rolling up her sleeves and getting to work on behalf of the community has never been a problem for State Rep. Stephanie Cummings, so when Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury announced they were taking on their next build in her district she leapt at the chance to help out.
As a former board member, Rep. Cummings is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity’s mission, or the work that goes into making a family’s dream of home ownership come true. During the dedication ceremony in January, when she met the partner family and spoke with several new volunteers, Rep. Cummings decided to enlist friends and coworkers to help take on the challenge. Saturday, they did just that.
Arriving bright and early, more than a dozen volunteers joined the partner family and Habitat contractors and got to work clearing debris, removing rotten wood from the porch and working to replace a carrying beam in the basement. On the second floor, two workers framed walls while two others worked methodically to screw down subflooring. To bolster the crew, Rep. Cummings provided delicious Brooklyn Baking Co. donuts, Ami’s Crispy Bagels and hot Dunkin coffee. For lunch, she bought Angelina’s pizza to help them charge through the afternoon.
“Having been involved with Habitat builds in the past I know how much effort it takes to make one of these projects happen, but the tremendous amount of work they accomplished so far is just astounding,” Rep. Cummings said. “In just a few months, volunteers have truly begun to transform a distressed house into a new family’s home. I’m proud we were able to contribute even a small amount to make this dream a reality.”
State Representative Stephanie Cummings met with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury’s Youth of the Year, Tyrese Gallant, and club CEO Karen Senich during the 2018 Connecticut State Youth of the Year awards held at the Capitol Wednesday evening. Gallant, a club member for 12 years, said he wants to be an architect.
Rep. Cummings also met up with Club employees Manny Matias and Alyssa Giordano.