Teaming with the community

To the Editor:

Last Wednesday, a 28-member management team from Edgartown’s Harbor View Hotel and Resort, Kelley House, and the Newes From America Pub volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard’s build site at 49 and 50 Bailey Park Road in West Tisbury.

Elizabeth Rothwell, director of marketing and events for the Island’s third largest employer, wanted to plan a management team-building event that made a positive impact on Harbor View, Kelley House and Newes Pub managers, and invested in the very community the businesses serve.

After a brief introduction to Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard, the 28 volunteers were divided into four groups, each supervised by Habitat construction supervisors and board members. In just three hours, huge progress was made by the teams, which painted interior doors and window trim at 49 Bailey Park, installed rigid insulation on the exterior of the FirstDay Cottage at 50 Bailey Park, and conducted a general site organization and clean-up.

This was an excellent opportunity for the Harbor View, Kelley House and Newes Pub management staff to build relationships among themselves while working together toward a common goal, learn about Habitat’s unique affordable home development model, and make a concrete and measurable difference in the stability of our community.

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is very fortunate to have participated in this very effective Harbor View, Kelley House and Newes Pub team-building event.

Doug Ruskin

President

Neal A. Sullivan

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard