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Security Engineered Machinery Co., Inc. (SEM), global leader in high security information end-of life solutions, participated in Operation Playhouse, a unique program offered through Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The event started at 9am onsite at SEM corporate headquarters in Westboro. SEM employees volunteered to participate in various tasks including painting, constructing, roofing, and decorating the playhouse as well as building accessories. Several authentic firetruck items were donated by the Boston and Dunstable fire departments for use in the playhouse. Read More Here.

Security Engineered Machinery builds playhouse for veteran family. “This event was incredibly special to me personally,” said Leonard Rosen, Korean War veteran and SEM founder. “Mr. Brown selflessly served his country, ensuring our rights and freedom. That is a debt we can never repay, so we were thrilled to be able to do something to bring joy to him and his family.” Read More Here: Worcester Telegram & Gazette 12/5/2018

Security Engineered Machinery participates in Operation Playhouse. Operation Playhouse enables local businesses and organizations to build and donate a custom playhouse to benefit the children of local veterans and military personnel. The one-day event culminated with the presentation of the firetruck-themed playhouse to United States Marine Corps Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran Richard Brown and his family. Read More Here: Wicked Local Westborough 12/4/2018

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester was the recipient of a grant for $30,000 from The Health Foundation of Central MA. The funds will allow us to purchase a truck for our Home Repairs program, an outreach initiative that seeks to provide repairs for qualified local homeowners who are struggling to maintain their homes due to age, disability, or family circumstances. We are so grateful to The Health Foundation of Central MA for their support of our Home Repairs program! Read More Here: Worcester Business Journal 10/31/2018

Welcome to Jessica Murphy, Esq., who was recently named Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester’s Board President.  We are excited to have Jessie’s expertise and leadership. Read More Here: Framingham Source 10/26/2018

MathWorks builds playhouses for veterans' families: MathWorks employees built four playhouses for local veteran's families September 6, 2018 with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester's Operation Playhouse. The MetroWest Daily News captured the event with amazing photographs. View The Photos Here: The MetroWest Daily News 9/6/2018

Cornerstone Bank participates in Habitat for Humanity operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon: Cornerstone Bank employees and branches that include Holden and Rutland were hard at work on Thursday, June 28 at the Habitat for Humanity Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon. This event brought businesses from the MetroWest and Greater Worcester area together to build, paint and decorate themed playhouses for Veteran and military families.

Nineteen Cornerstone Bank employees spent the day building two playhouses. At the end of the Build-A-Thon, families were presented with their playhouses. An American flag themed playhouse went to the daughter of current US Air Force First Lieutenant Allen Magdycz and his wife, Nicole Magdycz, of Westfield. A barnyard themed playhouse went to the two daughters of US Marine Corps Veteran Michael Wing and his wife, Ashley Wing, of Lancaster. Read More Here: The Landmark 8/24/2018

Local students help make home repairs to a Marlborough veterans' home: On June 23, students from Marlborough High School (MHS) and Advanced Math and Science Academy met at 47 Highland St. in Marlborough to assist a Critical Home Repair Program funded by Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester and the Marlborough Community Development Authority (MCDA).

The two organizations have partnered over the past two years to help provide home repairs to veterans, seniors and families in need. Read More Here: Community Advocate 7/4/2018

Habitat for Humanity dedicates historic home on Main Street: The sun shone brightly on 33-35 Main St. in Northborough on the morning of June 25 as Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester dedicated the home and welcomed Northborough’s newest homeowners. Coreen and Gilana became homeowners for the first time and will occupy the two newly renovated units of this historic home with their respective families. Read More Here: Community Advocate 7/2/2018

Critical repair on veteran's home in progress: Another local veteran is benefiting from the city’s Critical Home Repair Program, offered by the Marlborough Community Development Authority (MCDA) in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (MWGW). Students in Marlborough High School’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter are assisting with the project.

For the past two years, Mayor Arthur Vigeant has been working with Habitat officials to help veterans, seniors and family homeowners who need critical home repairs. The veteran’s home at 47 Highland St. is a much larger undertaking than the two home repairs completed in 2017, which included replacing a heating system in one home and installing a new wheelchair ramp and repairing the existing deck in the other home. Read More Here: Community Advocate 6/27/2018

Habitat for Humanity delivers special gift to military families: The home is actually a “playhouse,” one of 10 donated on Saturday to military families. Dubbed “Operation Playhouse,” it’s the brainchild of Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit is known for building, and fixing up, full-size homes. But the local chapter - Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester – takes it a step further. It’s the only Habitat chapter on the East Coast that builds playhouses for military families. The catch is parents can’t tell their kids, to not spoil the surprise. Read More Here: MetroWest Daily News 6/17/2018

Assabet students honored for helping build Habitat home in Northborough: Students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School were honored Wednesday for their renovation and construction work on two affordable housing apartments as part of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Students from the electrical wiring, HVAC and refrigeration, house carpentry and millwork, painting and design technologies and plumbing programs were recognized for their work on 33-35 and 37-39 Main St. The students did most of the work at 33-35 Main St. and part of the heating work at 37-39 Main St. Read More Here: MetroWest Daily News 6/6/2018

Women Build Homes Two: Women Build brought 12 volunteers to work on Habitat for Humanity's two homes on Chamberlain Street in Holliston on May 18, 2018. Women Build calls attention to the plight of local single women who need affordable housing.  During the first few weeks of May, teams of participants will be building at 72 Chamberlain Street in Holliston to help bring this issue to light.  The single family home in Holliston will be completed in Summer of 2018, and Maggie, a single woman with three young boys, will be living in the safe and affordable home. Read More Here: Holliston Reporter 6/21/2018

'Women Build' volunteers advance Habitat for Humanity's missionOn May 5, two groups of volunteers, from Mirick O’Connell law firm and Golden Group Construction, offered their time and resources at the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester “Women Build” event on Main Street in Northborough.

“‘Women Build’ calls attention to the plight of single women who need affordable housing…three of the four homeowners who are moving into these homes are single women with children so it’s a good fit all around,” stated Deborah Huegel, vice president of philanthropy for Habitat MetroWest. Read More Here: Community Advocate 5/17/2018

Habitat for Humanity to host ‘Women Build’: The organization will be hosting teams of participants who will be building at the site to call attention to the lack of local affordable housing for single women. Three out of the four condo units that Habitat is building at the Northborough site will be occupied by local single women with children who are currently living in sub-standard housing. Some of the teams building at the Northborough build site on behalf of local women are Consigli Construction, Castinetti Realty Group, MathWorks, Golden Group Roofing, and Reliant Medical Group. Various Northborough restaurants are donating lunches each day including Pickle Haus, Lowes Meat Market, and Monti’s Pizza. Read More Here: Community Advocate 4/25/2018

Habitat for Humanity Preserves Memories for Future Generations: Future generations of Northborough residents will get a very personal glimpse into what life was like in the town in the year 2018. Read More Here: Community Advocate 2/22/2018


Worcester Home Finished For Veteran’s Family, in Time for Holidays: “Those doors are yours,” Ms. Uvanitte told her three young daughters Thursday evening, as friends, volunteers and city officials officially presented her the keys to their brand-new home on Aetna Street. To Ms. Uvanitte and city officials, the one-story ranch, built from the ground up by more than 1,500 volunteers over more than 16,000 hours, is more than just a new house on the street. It’s a symbol of promise in a struggling neighborhood that the city, along with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, is trying to revitalize. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 11/30/2017 

Marlborough mayor and Habitat for Humanity partner to offer critical home repairs: Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant announced that the city of Marlborough and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater Worcester are moving forward with performing critical home repairs on two homes in Marlborough in November. Vigeant met with Habitat officials over a year ago to see if their programs can help veterans, seniors and family homeowners in need of critical repairs to their homes. Read More Here: Community Advocate 11/16/2017

Habitat for Humanity gets boost from Home Depot on next project in Worcester: Home Depot is heading a district-wide team of 50 employees from Central Massachusetts to help Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester complete its second home for a veteran family in Worcester. The team will arrive at 38 Aetna St. at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 and work until 4 p.m. to help put the finishing touches on the single family home for the Uvanitte family. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 11/2/2017

Dedication on Chamberlain Street in Holliston: Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater, of Worcester, announced that it will be hosting a dedication of its first new home in Holliston on Nov. 18. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to join in welcoming the Baptiste family to their new home at 68 Chamberlain St. Light refreshments will be served and parking is available on site. Read More Here (3 articles): Holliston Reporter 11/19/2017  Holliston Reporter 11/16/2017  (third paragraph down) MetroWest Daily News 10/31/2017 

Birthday girl parties for Habitat for Humanity in Northborough: Happy Birthday to Hannah Renze, who chose to have her birthday part at our Northborough home build site at 33-39 Main Street.  She and her friends performed a great service to Veteran families by priming the Operation Playhouse kits that we use to build playhouses for the children of local Vets.  Hannah’s special day brought lots of love and light to others – we wish Hannah the same! Read More Here: Shrewsbury Wicked Local 10/4/2017

Women Build team helps build Habitat house in Holliston – It may take a village to raise a child but it takes a team of loving and caring volunteers to build a Habitat for Humanity affordable home for children and their parents. This year, its Women Build project engaged more than 160 women and raised more than $60,000 to support its efforts of empowering women and building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Read More Here: MetroWest Daily News 9/2/2017

Operation Playhouse on the Worcester Common – Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester staged an Operation Playhouse event Thursday 7/27/2016 on Worcester Common, building and decorating playhouses to be given to children in six military and veterans’ families during the Worcester Out To Lunch series. Read More Here (2 articles): Worcester Telegram & Gazette 7/21/2017 Worcester Telegram & Gazette 7/27/2017

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester Partners with Marlborough CDA- Many homeowners in the French Hill area of the city have applied for assistance in the Critical Home Repair Loan Program, recently made available through a cooperative effort with the Marlborough Community Development Authority (MCDA) and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The goal is to address critical health, life and safety issues in this area of Lincoln Street. Read More Here (2 articles): Community Advocate 7/6/2017MetroWest Daily News 7/12/2017

Dedication at 21 Aetna Street in Worcester – Marking one of the biggest accomplishments in its 5-year neighborhood revitalization project, Habitat for Humanity restored a duplex on Union Hill for a long-time volunteer and her daughter. With a building donation from Worcester Academy and volunteer help from numerous residents and organizations the Romano family celebrated their finished duplex on Aetna Street during a dedication ceremony. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram & Gazette 6/28/2017

Real Estate Agents Help Out Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester in Northborough – Real estate agents from ERA Key Realty Services of greater Worcester volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity work site on Main Street in Northborough on Friday, May 12, 2017. The Realtors were taking part in the annual Women’s Build held all over the world. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram & Gazette 5/12/2017

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build playhouses for families of veterans –Over 50 volunteers occupied the parking lot at Trinity Church April 29 as they teamed up with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Great Worcester’s Operation Playhouse. Two playhouses were built, designed, and decorated and at the end of the day were unveiled and donated to two local military families. Read More Here: Community Advocate 5/7/2017

Habitat for Humanity project cuts energy costs – When the Ewings got a call from Habitat for Humanity Metro West/Greater Worcester, their dream of homeowership finally came true, and the family is now living in a highly efficient remodeled home at 79 Kendig St. Tim Firment, executive director of Habitat, said the Ewings home is likely the first in the state to achieve nearly zero net energy consumption and the organization’s first deep energy retrofit with LEED certification. “We pulled out all the stops with this one,” Mr. Firment said. “It was a community home and lent itself so well to this project. It is also about transforming the lives of a veteran and three kids.” Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 4/23/2017

Lexington Minuteman High School students complete project – Several juniors and seniors from Lexington Minuteman High School’s plumbing and HVAC programs were able to get hands-on experience by working with Habitat for Humanity MW/GW to build a duplex for families on Stonebridge Rd. in Wayland. Students were able to bring what they learned in the classroom to life by working on this home build project. Read More Here: Wicked Local Lexington 2/14/2017

Applauding Community Involvement- In November, Mona and Maggie were selected in a lottery held at Town Hall to become homeowners for the two Habitat homes that are being constructed at 68/72 Chamberlain St. Holliston is a small town with a big heart. Keefe Tech has become involved by providing a hands-on experience for their students interested in pursuing a career in the trades. The 5th and 6th graders of Miller and Placentino schools have raised over $2500 for the Holliston homes through bake sales, car washes, and a variety show. Read More Here:  Holliston Reporter 2/12/2017


Family Receives Wayland home from Habitat for Humanity- After three years of working with Habitat for Humanity MWGW, Yartiza Ventura and her three children were given the keys to their first home. Ventura heard about Habitat for Humanity through her sister-in-law, applied, and was randomly selected three years ago to participate in the program. About 1,500 volunteers helped build the house along with Ventura who provided at least 400 hours of labor with Habitat. Read More Here: MetroWest Daily News 12/2/2016

Union Hill Elementary Receives a Playhouzz- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester on Wednesday morning presented an early holiday gift to kids at Union Hill School: a brand-new playhouse. Located in a courtyard behind the school, the Playhouzz was constructed by Habitat for Humanity’s team of volunteers with a $5,000 grant from Houzz, a home and design website. Read More Here: Telegram and Gazette 2/1/2016

Project Launches in Northborough- Habitat for Humanity MW/GW will convert historical properties at 33-35 and 37-39 Main Street in Northborough for four families. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 21st as a kick off for the renovation projects that has an estimation of 12 to 18 months to complete. Students from the Carpentry Department of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will be volunteering with this project to gain some hands-on experience, as well as a few students from Algonquin Regional High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club. Read More Here: Community Advocate 11/30/2016

Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon in Framingham – The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston will sponsor a LEGO “Build Your Dream Home Competition” during the MetroWest Build-A-Thon. Operation Playhouse is a daylong event, where local businesses and organizations can sponsor and build a playhouse for children of local veterans and active military personnel as a way to say thank you for their service. Proceeds from this event will help support home builds in Wayland and Holliston as well as the Critical Home repair program. Read More Here: Framingham Source 7/18/2016

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/ Greater Worcester welcomes groups to build in Holliston – We are happy to announce that the first of the two builds on Chamberlain St. in Holliston is taking shape. This home will be built largely with the help of volunteer labor. Corporations, organizations, faith based groups, and individuals will be welcomed to help us build two affordable homes It won’t be long until we select the two families who will live in these homes. Read More Here: Holliston Reporter 11/7/2016

Habitat’s National Women Build Week to build Auburn duplex – Between May 3rd and 7th, about 100 women will offer their time and effort to be part of National Women Build Week. They will be assisting with our efforts on a build project in Auburn for two families, which began earlier this year and has a completion goal by December. More than 70% of Habitat homes around the U.S. are built for families with women as the heads of the household. The Women Build event helps women learn skills that can help them maintain their homes for themselves and their children. Read More Here: Telegram and Gazette 4/29/2016

WPI Playhouse Event- Over 60 volunteers from WPI raised funds and built three playhouses for local veteran families during this heartwarming event on February 13, 2016. Playhouse themes included Doc McStuffins, Sophia the First, and Mickey & Minnie Mouse! Read More Here: The Daily Herd 2/26/2016  Worcester Telegram and Gazette 2/15/2016


A New Day Dawning for Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, the City of Worcester and other local groups are invested in a five year project to improve the Union Hill Neighborhood in Worcester. Read more hereIn City Times 9/4/2015

Two Homes to be Dedicated on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester  is thrilled to dedicate two homes on Saturday December 5th. These homes are the first two to be completed in a four home (two duplex) project on Stonebridge Road in Wayland, MA. Read More Here: WickedLocal.com Wayland 12/5/2015 Update: WickedLocal.com Wayland 12/7/2015

Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes in Auburn, MA- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH MWGW) will break ground on Tuesday, October 27th at 1 PM to begin building an affordable duplex home at 4 Homestead Avenue. Read More Here (2 articles): Auburn Mass Daily October 13 2015 Worcester Telegram and Gazette 10/27/2015

HFH MWGW hosts Project Playhouse on October 15- Worcester For the last year, HFH MWGW has been creating special playhouses for veterans’ children thanks to local corporations support. On Thursday, Oct. 15 there will be seven houses built and dedicated at the Worcester Common. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 10/10/2015

Habitat, Academy Spruce up Worcester Home- Worcester Academy students and staff participated in national A Brush With Kindness week to kick off a five year plan, in collaboration with other Worcester organizations, to revitalize the Union Hill neighborhood. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 10/4/2015

Discussion begins for Historical Northboro buildings to become affordable housing-   A pair of historic homes downtown could house the town’s newest affordable housing units. The Northboro Affordable Housing Corp. is in talks with Trinity Church to buy residential buildings the church owns at 33 Main St. and 37-39 Main St. NAHC, a nonprofit launched several years ago to increase the town’s affordable housing stock, hopes to turn the buildings over to Habitat for Humanity, which would renovate them into condominiums. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette 9/11/2015 

HFH MWGW Collaborates With City Groups to Revitalize Union Hill-  Read about our collaboration with the City of Worcester, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, Worcester Academy, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department and area residents to revitalize the Union Hill neighborhood of Worcester. Read More Here (3 articles): Worcester Telegram and Gazette August 17 Worcester Magazine August 17 Mass Live August 18

Minuteman High School Students Help Build a Habitat Home in Wayland –  Students from the plumbing and electrical programs at Minuteman High School donate their time and expertise to help bring one Habitat duplex home closer to completion. Read More Here: YourArlington.Com News August 2

Framingham Veteran Receives Crucial Home Repairs Thanks to Habitat for Humanity- He may not be on reality television, but disabled veteran Cezary Nalaskowski is receiving his own home makeover this month thanks to the Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Home Repair Program. Read More Here: MetroWest Daily News July 26

Three Local Companies Join Together in Habitat Project – On Wednesday, June 17, SanDisk, EMC, and Deloitte came together to participate in our biggest Project Playhouse event yet raising over $40,000. Read More Here (2 articles): Worcester Telegram and Gazette June 21 Brittany Murphy – Local Marlborough Channel (Video)

Worcester Academy Donates House Lot to Habitat for Humanity – On Monday, February 2, Worcester Academy held a ceremony to hand over 21 Aetna Street to Habitat for Humanity. The plan is to construct a two-family home on this lot. Read More Here: Worcester Telegram and Gazette March 2

Grant Awarded to Rehabilitate Veteran’s Home– Commerce Bank and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester have been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, to help fund the rehabilitation of a single-family home in Worcester for a wounded veteran and his or her family. Read More Here (2 articles): Worcester Telegram and Gazette February 18 Worcester Business Journal Online February 12

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