Giving back: M&T, Habitat for Humanity, Harvey, Hanna

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M&T presentation.
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M&T presentation.

M&T awards $30,000 for Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

M&T Bank awarded $30,000 in funding to Sam Cannan, Chairman and Co-founder of the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative (VWI) during a visit to the Odessa campus on February 8.

The New Castle County-based school teaches disabled war veterans the skilled art of watchmaking. The program, which originated in the 1940s, was created to instruct veterans in a professional craftsmanship that is both profitable and in high demand.

“M&T Bank’s funding will help VWI’s ‘House our Veterans Project,’ that aims to provide rent-free housing for veteran students during their 16-month horology training program,” said Mr. Cannan, who conducted a tour of the facility and the future site of the student dormitory.

Accompanying  Lambrow were three M&T Bank representatives who toured the school and met students.

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Visit  http://veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org  for more information on the school and how to make a contribution.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates three homes in Middletown

Late last month, Habitat for Humaity  dedicated three homes in Middletown, welcoming three women as new Habitat homeowners.

The dedication ceremony was held at the Habitat ReStore, located at 600 North Broad Street in Middletown.

The ReStore is Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s hard-goods, thrift store which generates revenue to support the construction of Habitat homes, the agency’s “Brush with Kindness” critical repair program as well as Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization initiatives.

The ReStore accepts donations from individual households and business and resells goods to the public. 

Volunteers, staff, sponsors, friends & family gathered to celebrate the day. Speaking to the crowd, County Executive Matt Meyer recalled his own experience as a Habitat volunteer, beginning as a high school student working on houses on Vandever Avenue in Wilmington.

“One thing that I immediately loved about Habitat is that it took me out of my comfort zone, where I was surrounded by people that largely looked like me and thought like me and brought me into an incredibly diverse community. And I look around this room and I am reminded of that first moment, that first day when I went to my Habitat worksite and was like “Wow. This is really cool. And  this  is what our country and community should be about,” Meyer said.

Buy a Boxwood brick and help the KIDS Fund

A  commemorative brick from the former General Motors Automobile Assembly Plant on Boxwood Road is now being offered.

You can order a brick featuring a gold plated commemorative message or a regular (blank) brick.

Gold plated bricks: $10.
Plain bricks: $5.

Proceeds from brick sales will go to a local non-profit organization, The Delaware KIDS Fund and its food pantry program at Richey Elementary School in Newport.

All orders will receive an e-mail from a Harvey, Hanna & Associates representative with pick-up information. Bricks are expected to be available this spring. The plant is being razed to make way for a logistics center. 

Click here  to order.

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