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Morris Habitat Makes Headway on New Duplex With Help from Local Corporate Volunteers

Novartis volunteers are tired but satisfied with all the work done for Morris Habitat at the build site.  Front row (l-r):  Karen Steinmetz, Maria Lopes, Gregory Amiro, Deborah Struller, Lindsey Newman, Releford, Chona Cairme, Kara Simpson, Asher Miller, Varsha Walke, Lisa Daly, and Karen McMcBride.  Back row (l-r): Robert Spitz, Barbara Stoltenborg, Robert Gleeson, Daniel Lopuch.

Early in May Morris Habitat for Humanity welcomed a team of volunteers from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Novartis Consumer Health on the company’s 18th Annual Community Partnership Day.  The employees were ready and eager to help in Dover with various project needs, working to make great head-way on a new duplex that’s being completed.
“Investing in the communities where we live and work is a defining part of the culture and fabric of our company,” said Kevin Rigby, Vice President and US Country Head of Public Affairs at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  “This annual day of volunteerism gives our employee teams an opportunity to join hands in service with our outstanding nonprofit partners to help make a positive, long-lasting difference in people’s lives.”   

The group has now become seasoned volunteers that have worked with Morris Habitat several times in the past. They have built the framing for two other houses and done painting, shelf installations, deck building, dry wall and molding installations, outdoor grounds landscaping, and fence installations. 

This time fifteen volunteers worked on a project on Spring Street in Dover as the house was in its finishing stages. Built in collaboration with the Town of Dover, each unit of the duplex has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a garage. The duplex has 3 floors each, so there was a lot to do to clean all rooms of construction debris. After that, they did tiling in the bathrooms and worked on painting the walls and moldings. Not bad for a days’ work!

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Stephanie Buonarota, Director of Volunteer Services for Morris Habitat for Humanity said, “We always love having corporate groups come out to work with us. Novartis has been  a long-time supporter of ours and we would love to other companies join us.”


To learn more about Morris Habitat and how you can help, please go to or call 973-891-1934.




About Morris Habitat for Humanity

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.  

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 280 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 9 housing starts for 2014, completing 19 homes at 8 different sites during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted almost 4,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues 12 - 8 p.m., Wed & Fri 10  - 6 p.m., Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 - 5 p.m.  


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