Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY Schenectady, and members of his leadership team rolled up their sleeves and helped in the latest build for Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County (HFHSC).
The group joined Dr. David Harris (left in photo), President of Union College, and his team, during the first Leadership Build Day on Jan. 23, 2019, working on the home at 2026 Oaklawn Ave. in Rotterdam. Schenectady County donated the vacant house and land in Rotterdam to Habitat, marking the first time the county and the organization are collaborating on a project in the town.
“We are pleased to help build this new energy-efficient home,” Dr. Moono said. “It’s very meaningful to be part of this first collaboration between Schenectady County and Habitat for Humanity in Rotterdam, as my leadership team and I contribute our time to help make someone’s dream of affordable housing come true.”
Left to right are Sean Maguire, Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education; Dr. Penny Haynes, VicePresident of Academic and Student Affairs/Provost; Dr. Moono; Patrick Ryan, Vice President of Administration: and Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff.
Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director of HFHSC, described the significance of SUNY Schenectady and Union College coming together to lend their time and efforts to building the new home. “We are proud to partner with Union College and SUNY Schenectady as their commitment to our area echoes Habitat’s mission,” Thorne said. “For over 25 years we have focused on bringing people together to build homes, revive our community and offer hope to the hard working families of Schenectady County. The investment in local housing and building housing throughout the county that both institutions have made is substantial. This Leadership Build is essential, as it demonstrates why it takes all of us and how together we make a difference for Schenectady County families.”
Founded in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc. is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat is a globally recognized nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization that serves Schenectady County. The organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Additional information is available at www.schenectadyhabitat.org.